heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:26:21
Did not take me this long, left it open while on face book, watching TV and just goofing off.
took 3 days from time to time.
I love the detail in this, very proud.
heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:34:27
Comment box cut me off... :/
Anyway this is Hayley, in her favorite sun spot, yea yea vampires dont melt in the sun, however Darren believes that it takes away your vampiric touch.
I was going to say Happy Valentines to all of my friends, especially BrownWolfCub who drew Lucky for me.
C&C is welcome.
imagamaker [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 15:54:40
I likey :)
The sky is amazing, and the scales are awesome too. Fun to look at. Nice job!
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:16:31
I like your dragon in this picture, The scales you drew under the neck look very pretty. I like how you drew the texture on the wings, too, and the pose is very cool.
I have to disagree with Imagamaker about the sky, though. While the colors you chose are very pretty, the way that you used the dodge tool makes it look extremely unnatural and a little sloppy. [link] Here is a reference picture of a sky with some of the same colors as yours. What I would suggest is to use the pen tool or the watercolor tool to try and mimic a real picture of the sky. One of the best ways to learn to draw something is to look at references. The airbrush tool can be useful for blending, but it tends to look somewhat messy if it is the only thing used. The dodge tool can make everything look unnaturally bright and shiny, and while this may seem cool, it can end up looking gaudy. Trust me, your skies will look so much more amazing if you use a small brush and try to paint one from a reference. Another thing I would suggest to do is give your character a little more definition to the eye. It's okay if you want it to glow red, but if you add different shades of red, it will make it glow even more. I also recommend you use the watercolor tool or pen tool to shade everything else, too, and try to use different shades of the color. It looks like you shaded the background with plain black on the grass, which can make it look kinda grungy. It will look so much cleaner if you use different shades of green. Well, I hope this isn't too many critiques for you, good luck!
lemmyloop [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:43:38
I have to agree with Dreya about the sky. I'm really not a big fan of the doge tool. It's an easy tool to misuse.
I also feel the same way about textures, but I think you did a good job with them here! You made good use of the Oekaki textures on the dragon's smaller black scales. It's a really cool effect, and I think you pulled it off. I like the belly scales as well!
As for critiques, I think you might want to look up reference photos of big animals in order to see how their hind legs work when they're sitting. I'm having a bit of a hard time telling what's going on with the dragon's back leg.
heather [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 18:59:52
Like i said a while back, i'm not very good at backgrounds.
The crits you both gave me are really helpful, im still trying to get used to all of this, so far using a diffrent shade on the same color has proven difficult to me, i just figured if the character stood out then the back ground wouldnt matter as much, but image is everything.
the way i do things its hard to not to mess up. i do take all of these things into consideration im just not able to change the way i execute my drawings or remember the crits while drawing.
I go back and fix cetain things if i feel they dont look right, the eye was one of them, aside from trying to make her look vampiric i wanted to try to incorporate a hellish glare. - mission failed.
Either way i still have improved more than ever, - my old art was god-awful.
lemmyloop [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 19:50:30
Oh, I hope my crits didn't discourage you! Please don't stress too much about making everything perfect! We all progress at our own rates. As long as you're making the try to improve, that's what counts! Just remember that when we give critiques we are only trying to help. I look forward to seeing more of your art, and watching you get better and better! Don't be afraid to try new things, to experiment. Sometimes you won't like how it turns out, but sometimes you'll love the results!
ferris [Profile] 2013/2/15 - 22:2:13
I think that you really did improve. I don't exactly know what you did, but I agree that your art is better now. :)
catgirl [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 2:54:54
Oh, you most definitely have improved! It's been impressive just how fast. Lemmyloop has good advice. And, yeah, the purpose of the critiques is to give advice on how to make your future pictures better (since it's hard to get critique here until after a pic is finished). Anyway, about that back leg, although it's reasonable for the back legs to splay a little, the angle should still be a lot closer to that of the outstretched foreleg than the crossed one. (Good job on that bent forleg, btw, that can be a hard thing to draw.)
dreyacira [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 9:27:8
I agree, you definitely have improved! I hope my long list of critiques didn't make you feel like you failed - you didn't. I only offered the advice so that you could continue to improve. And everything I said was my opinion. If you like the way you drew something, by all means keep doing it that way! Your art is yours, and no one can change it except for you.
heather [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 10:37:16
Thank you all for the kind words. :D
brownwolfcub [Profile] 2013/2/16 - 14:19:31
Happy valentines to you too! The texture and the nose look great ;3 and the belly scales.
[anon]miles 2013/2/17 - 16:57:23
agreed with the others =w= remember though even if you have improved heaps, there's always room to improve more. i dont mean that in a discouraging way.
i really love the shape of the snout and the details on the scales *w* it looks great.