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Dragon by magicwingsforever Dragon by magicwingsforever
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!
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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!
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Hello there via :iconfeedbackfrenzy: :)

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. :p 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?:P 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.:)
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
whats that symbol mean?
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It means "dragon" in Chinese. :)
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:iconkaburninator:
kaburninator Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
aha! i see
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HeartANGELfied Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Loove this 8D Its soo amazing because you've really made the red, orange and yellow be bold together :D
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YuDunWannaKno Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow..
That dragon..
Just, this whole picture.. It's amazing!
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:iconoofrosteehoo:
oOFrosteehOo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic dragon *O*
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:iconmeeya-san:
Meeya-san Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Pretty dragon<333
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:iconsol-karasu:
Sol-karasu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Your dragon is really well done! I like it!
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:iconskittles-and-hetalia:
skittles-and-hetalia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
This looks really awesome! Keep it up~ ;w;
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slycooper11 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks amazing!
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rsidwell Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist
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.
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racketify Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
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.
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yukifubuki Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
wow! really good
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PandaPie29 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
So beautiful! Love the dragon
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:iconturretje:
turretje Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Beatifull dragon :D! Girl here pose is not 100% right, but who cares it looks amazing :D!!
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:iconanna-solitaire:
anna-solitaire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the contrast
it looks so dramatical
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prissangel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the dragon, as well as the colors you used here.
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconalkraas:
Alkraas Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing chinese dragon! O_O I love the way you drew the dragon! Keep it up!
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconchristasea:
ChristaSea Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome idea!
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconmaybe-paper-hearts:
maybe-paper-hearts Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Photographer
well done! I like that his mane looks like fire.
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconshizumiyabi:
Shizumiyabi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just to cool
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:icontinalbion:
Tinalbion Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way yuo made the dragon look! This whole piece is just gorgeous.
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :iconluvluvplz:
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:iconthewritingdragon:
TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NICE!! I love dragons!!
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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meloetta-shiny Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is so beautiful o magical! x3
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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meloetta-shiny Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) u r welcome
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:iconraexie:
raexie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How u pronounce it...."long" I bet all the non-Chinese readers are saying looong. Like a long line. :XD:
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:iconmagicwingsforever:
magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looong, with a long o. I'm Chinese ;)
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:iconraexie:
raexie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm Chinese too. :D My dad is a dragon!
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!! I'm a tiger, what are you? c:
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:iconraexie:
raexie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ox! :3
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krislove45 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
That's beautiful! Great job!
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :iconsmilieplz:
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krislove45 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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SugarTofu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!!!! *-* EPIC!!!
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :icondragonhugplz:
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SugarTofu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, you're welcome <33
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Arashi-Alchemist Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist 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. :P My prominent focus, though, was the boss Chinese character, glowing in the background. Nice work, keep it up!
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol thanks! :iconilikeitplz:
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Arashi-Alchemist Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! :iconedyeahplz:
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Jesus... this looks like it took too long X___X i can't do this D:
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magicwingsforever Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, 7-8 hours. :iconooplz: Thanks! :iconaawplz:
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RAMENmanga-ka Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
lol real good work!
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