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Dragon Eye


An experiment in combining acrylic, ink pencils, colour pencil and white gel pen for that eye highlight.

Originally I wasn't going to upload this, but it turned out so much better then I had planned that I thought I might as well anyway.

Had to alter the contrast in Photoshop to get it as close to the original colour as possible as I am missing my original program that came with the scanner so I can not get the quality with it that I used to. It is not perfect, but close.

The original is approximately 6x8 inches.

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Review Request Club

Ohmyjeez, this is awesome. Feel like requesting reviews for you art every week for the RRC? 'Cause this is the kind of stuff I really don't mind reviewing, at all xD

The amount of detail here is, again, amazing. The fact that each scale has a slightly different group of colours, it even looks like there's a few blues in there with the scales which really works, surprisingly enough. Even though the whole picture would probably be a huge size if 6x8 is the size of one eye, I'd really love to see what the entire dragon would look like, because I think if anyone on NG could draw it, it'd probably be you.

To find anything at all to be critical about, I'd say the eye could maybe use some more detail. You've got so much depth with the scales, and then parts of the eye seem pretty flat. And you've got the circle of light, and it almost seems too white, of itself and definitely in relation to the rest of the piece. I'd say it's the only vaguely unnatural-feeling thing, whereas you've made the dragon itself look quite natural, which is definitely an awesome feat. Keep it up.

-Review Request Club

EchoRun responds:

The scan really failed for the eye itself I am afraid. The original has subtle shading differences, hints of orange too, that just got lost in the scan. I was quite annoyed about that really.

I think I will do a large dragon soon ish - I have some big canvases at home and know where to get bigger ones for a tenner, it would be nice to either fill one to sell or put up on my wall. I have so many sketches on my wall but that are all so old, I would be good for me to have something new up I think.

I feel like something's missing...

Don't get me wrong, this is a wonderfully detailed piece. However, with such a level of detail, I think that you would have been missing one of the more 'traditional' features of such a reptile - the second set of eyelids underneath the first. I know, it's just me and I like to set really high bars for your work, since you're one of the best artists here.

The lack of sharpness and overall clarity of this piece is one of the features I like, since it's so easy for artists using computers to get their images so crisp and clean cut with relatively little effort - something you would struggle mightily to do as a painter. You know, I think I would like to see the finished piece, as the dragon itself, rather than just the eye on it's own.

[Review Request Club]

EchoRun responds:

I am loathed to over sharpen a traditional painting - it just looks pixelised or too 'clean'. So I am glad you like that.

Do all Reptiles have second eye lids? I know at least some birds do, but I didn't think all did, in either case. Oh well. From an artistic point of view it simply isn't a detail I have thought about before, to be honest. Maybe for a future project.


I absolutely writing about 4 paragraphs of text in a review and then having the entire thing deleted because my piece of shit computer clicks of the screen for some reason, I push the backspace button, and it backs the page up. All my text is deleted and I'll apologize that you won't be getting the same well thought out review that you were going to get from me, but I just don't have the desire to write it all again...

So yeah... It's strange that you can make something so dangerous look so calm and peaceful at the same time. Just from the eye alone I can tell that this beast could tear you apart if it wanted, but it just wouldn't do it for the hell of it. You give it a very calm and human like presence.

I absolutely love the colors used here. The color of green and red really compliment each other well. Like always though I try to find at least one thing to critique and that would be how white the spec in the eye is. I feel that it would be a lot more transparent then it actually was. I don't know how you would do that when you were doing these things by hand, but it's something that I feel would have helped.

~ Review Request Club ~

EchoRun responds:

Ah, I hate losing a big wad of text like that, so frustrating. Did that with a page and a half document before - I am seldom tempted to to batter my computer but I came close then!

I am in a phase of experimenting with colours atm - different combinations and effects, that sort of thing. A slow process, but interesting. Contrasts are fun but I am trying harder and harder to get them to work better. A good Contrast mix is surprisingly tricky.

I am glad you got different layers of expression in this - calm yet savage. I hate 'flat' characters. I want them to be interesting and varied, and if I can convey that, brilliant.


A really nice drawing. Even though we can only see one eye the painting offers some great details.

The scales look very good and also the "dot of light" on the eye looks very realistic.

Too bad there are some white spots left on the canvas here and there, but I guess this is because of the material you worked with.

{ Review Request Club }

EchoRun responds:

Yeah, the white spots were annoying, though I managed to fix them - after you pointed them out that is.

Thank you for the review. :)

Another 10, as always...

I really LOVE your drawings, you have an awesome potential, all your art are realistic, and I rerally can't express how I'm amused, it's just unbeliaveble, I have nothing to say, really... This rocks!

This drawing is pretty familiar to me, it remembers me of a book called Eragon, the first page has a dragon's eye, that looks like this one, I don't know why, but I really love dragons now, I think it's because of your drawings... ;)

This one was pretty realistic, and you made the exact mix between fantasy and reality, the drawing just made me think on how people can make so beautiful pieces of art... Keep it up Echo, I love you.

(Review Request Club)

EchoRun responds:

Thank you. :)

I am not surprised that it reminds you of the dragon eye in Eragon, in that a dragon eye is a dragon eye, eyes are similar like that. Unless it is a goat or octopus eye, those are just weird. :P

Credits & Info

4.72 / 5.00

Apr 7, 2010
8:15 AM EDT
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868 x 610 px
678.9 KB

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