GIMP, 7-8 hours. I picked originality as the defining trait of the dragon; therefore, the girl is painting it. The word in the back means dragon (simplified Chinese). For dA's Chinese Horoscope contest!
Wow. This is really great, especially since you started here.
When I look at this piece, it appears so magical and out of this world. I love how the background is soft and the girl stands out with defining lines. The Chinese symbol is a nice touch as well.
Very original, I haven't seen many drawings where you are the painting, looking at the girl but are also looking at the painting.
The technique is where I think you need a tad more improvement. While the dragon looks great, it looks a little like a weasel. First, I don't think fur belongs on a dragon, a reptile, so it wouldn't need fur to be warm because it relies on the sun to warm its body (cold-blooded animals don't use fur). It should look more like whiskers, not clumps of fur. Second, the neck should be wider and sturdier. Third, the horns would look better if they were larger. And fourth, the scales should be a little sharper in the outline. I know you were going for faded background, but a little more scale detail would make this so much better.
The girl is amazing, all I can see is that the right side of her face is flat, add a little more light to the shaded side for some roundness and her butt is also too high up her body.
Other than that, this is a fantastic creation, please keep improving, you'll become even more of a fantastic artist!
I want to say that this is really visually striking, and has a lot of potential. The gold and black background is probably my favorite part, and the "dragon" symbol stands out well. It's also a very good and original concept, and like the other commenter I like the big sparkly blue eye ^^
For suggestions I'd like to touch on anatomy and technique, since that's my job here.
So, anatomy. Well, first of all, her hand is just backward The thumb should be on the inside. I've done it myself - I could show you at least two pictures where I drew either a hand or a foot inside out and didn't realize until I was done - but it really stands out since her painting is one of the focal points of the picture. There's also a difficulty with proportions I see. I think that her head, shoulders, and bust all look good, but after that she seems to be squashed. I would move her hips/butt down a good chunk, and perhaps shorten her arms. A good rule of thumb is that the elbow should be even with the bottom of the ribcage (about the smallest part of the waist, maybe a little above) and the fingertips should be in the middle of the thigh. Just doing that helps to keep your bodies and limbs all looking like they're part of a whole.
On a positive anatomical note, her face looks really good. The clean details and bright blue eyes echoing the dragon really work.
For technique, there are two things that stand out. The first is that her hair has managed to look kind of stringy because the strokes are kind of jagged, but I think just using thinner brushes and maybe gentler colors (that white line stands out) would solve that. Second is that the dragon's fur looks like the smudge tool. The smudge tool is evil. Actually it's not evil in moderation, but using the brush tool for the primary coloring and smudging for extra wispiness if you want it would give a more pleasing effect usually.
I really like the coloring of the dress. Is that a DA logo in there? I'm a big fan of all the sparkles in this picture (like the background I already mentioned) and I hope I haven't been discouraging. Keep it up.
I'm Rick, offering a critique for the #FeedbackFrenzy contest. I really love the concept here: a girl defining a dragon by painting it; a girl painting herself as a dragon; so a girl defining herself through her art. I especially like that the work-in-progress is depicted through fuzziness and transparency, not the cliché half-sketch, half-finished art. The warm colors are beautiful and appropriate the subject, and really catch the eye. Furry dragons are rare, but not unheard of, and really necessary for the concept here. The word continues the upward diagonal sweep from the dragon, and is a nice touch. The girl is pretty, though her proportions seem a bit off. It would probably help to use a reference photo; take a snapshot of a friend (or have a friend take a snapshot of you) in the pose you want, then use that to make the girl more realistic.
The main flaw with this piece is the unnatural pose of the girl's left arm, plus her hand looks backwards. It's hard to believe she would actually be painting without looking at what she was doing. I happen to like back-of-the-head shots, so we're seeing what she is seeing, but that would lose the essential link between her eyes and the dragon's eye so wouldn't really work here. One possible alternative is to make the girl look over her shoulder, as if we the viewers interrupted her painting so she looked back at us to say hi. Another is to have her turned around as she is, but to busy her arm with some other painting related activity, such as dipping her brush into paint on a pallette. Either way, I think it would be more powerful to have her look directly at us instead of off to the side; that would help draw us into the art.
I also think the dragon's fang should be moved forward a bit. Reference photos of dragons are hard to come by, so I can't complain too much! So this is just a nit. But despite these flaws, this is an engaging piece of art, and I've enjoyed studying and commenting on it.
This is the feedback frenzy contest 2 The background is the best and detail is amazing, but the girl could be made to be more natural, because the face is round enough to make a Innocent girl have power and the arm could be more rounded, but the clothes on her is awesome, and this piece is really good.
Arashi-AlchemistFeatured By OwnerSep 27, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic! Love the contrast the glowing specks have with the black background. My only problem is the eye of the dragon. A little big for me. My prominent focus, though, was the boss Chinese character, glowing in the background. Nice work, keep it up!