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April 3, 2011
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Sunset by Nordeva Sunset by Nordeva
I think this is one of my best works :meow: Do you agree? ^-^
But I think I must continue improving at backgrounds .__.

The title is simple, but I like it anyways :aww:

So! This is the 2nd prize for my contest! And this time, it goes to Ysulyan! :dummy:

This is his dragon Ysulyan (I like his design so much) :lol: He's looking to a sunset from the mountains

I had a stupid shading block, but now it's gone! :iconanimefaceplz:
I was trying some new things with background here, like rock's texture (where Ysulyan is standing) And with clouds too :)
However I must improve with mountains a little bit more ^^;

And I like his pose so much, I think I had a great idea with it :D

I'll request critiques here, it would be awesome to know how can I improve :iconilikeitplz:
And I sell this pic too (if I know how to do it :XD:), maybe I'll have some new prints soon :)

Only Ysulyan can use this!!

:bulletorange: Done with:
- Wacom "Bamboo Fun & Touch" tablet
- Gimp 2.6.4

:bulletpurple: Character reference:
- Ysulyan:…

:bulletgreen: Copyrights:
Ysulyan - :iconysulyan:
Art - me
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Hmm, this is a very nice piece, I'm sure Ysulyan will be very happy with it :D The lineart is nice and smooth and the shading of the character's also done well.

Now regarding the character's anatomy... generally it's very good! The only things I would say may need a bit of tweaking are~:
* The length of the body. I'm not sure if it is down to the angle but I feel the body needs to be a little longer as the torso seems to be a tiny bit too short regarding the distance between the front and back legs.
* The tail. Again because I'm not sure what angle you're trying to pull off here, it seems way too thick. You can see at the base of the tail where it gets thinner, but then it suddenly goes thick, it feels like the dragon has a rather large and heavy tail. Instead make the part of the tail closest to the viewer a little bit thinner.

Okay, now onto the background. The colour palette here is good and I'm liking the clouds you made! However again there are elements of it that require a bit of correction~:
* The mountains all look too similar in shape, and the way you've shaded them doesn't quite look right; it looks like you got a little lazy on this part. There would be much stronger shading here; some parts either really dark (a dark pink or blue) or very bright (bright yelllow or bright pale orange) depending on where the light hits.
And also because of the positioning of the sun, I feel a solar flare effect would be good to use over the tops of the mountains, and the clouds would have similar shading effects to the mountains.

Another point is that this dragon doesn't look like he's standing on anything, and it could be said that it looks like you accidentally erased the bottom half of his left leg. Make the ground he's on more defined, and a slightly different colour as well, because it blends in too much with the background. It will also help with the angle you want to pull off.

Also, a *VERY* good tip to have for art in general is to have a lot of references available (photos, realism drawings etc), especially for the backgrounds. They will help you to get a grasp of how shading works and how to improve the composition of your piece.

I hope you found this useful. :)
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Critique by ShifuBlasta1 Jun 21, 2011, 7:46:24 PM
My first critique on deviantart!
Okay lets start with the characters anatomy, the first thing i noticed was that the middle of the tail looks a little to thick, also the wings seem confusing due to how close they are together at the top. The torso looks small in length but i can see where your going with it. All in all, the shading is superb and the lineart is great and the pose is really different! (In a good way)

The background is neat! Its really pretty too, i like how the clouds have a hint of orange on the bottom, from the rays of the, very beautiful! The mountains in the seem have very nice shading and the essence of orange like the clouds! Even though some parts of the shading is off, its still good!

Another pointer is that the dragon looks like it isn't standing on anything, hence being blocked by the abnormal tail!

Hope you can give me a break for my first critique! This is by far an awesome drawing and has lots of character!!!! Love it! :)
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spyro7-cyndre9 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
muy impresionante :D
Nordeva Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Gracias! :)
giantdragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome work,great sunset! :#1:
Nordeva Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :la:
giantdragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist
No problem. ;)
Dempsey12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Nordeva Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks ^-^
Dempsey12 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
SpyroFF Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
wow esta genial el dibujo de ysul !!! te quedo espectacular !! X3
Nordeva Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Muchas gracias! :la:
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