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Oct 22, 2011 | 7:55 PM EDT
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A birthday picture made for my older brother, who plays Dungeons & Dragons. I was trying multiple things in this one, some of which worked really nicely, and some which weren't so great.

Done entirely in No. 2 pencil.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Not bad, but could use a bit more definition! :o

I rather enjoyed the amount of detail that you worked into this piece, but it would have been nice to see some color in this as well x.x

The overall outline was pretty nicely done; I look at it, and I understand what I'm looking at pretty quickly.

Alternatively, I do think you should try drawing something a little simpler than a dragon; Dragons tend to have a lotttt of tiny little details that people tend to leave out.

This submission isn't bad by any means, but I do think it's lacking in many details that can be difficult to pull off with just a pencil x.x


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Rated 4 / 5 stars


Really wonderfully done pencil drawing however the one thing that ruins it for me is the star on the dragon's wing as it seems to ruin the illusion of it breathing fire and stars down into the valley area. Pretty good for pencil though and I enjoy it quite a bit.

You seemed to have done well with shading to say the least and how long did you spend drawing this one anyways?I guess I would have added in someone holding up a shield somewhere anyways to give an idea that someone is standing up to the dragon.

Overall, very nicely done and a good amount of shading and details. Would just erase the star from the wing and the image would look a lot better. Nice work.

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Fooliolo responds:

It was originally going to be a quick sketch while I waited for my brother to come home to celebrate his birthday. Turns out he was late and I went overboard, with a total draw time of... 3 or 4 hours? Don't remember that well.

You're the first person to think it was breathing fire. I'm not sure what to think about that.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Needs more pencils

To make a pencil drawing, you need a whole range of the different compounds of graphite to really make an impact on the piece. That way, you don't find yourself applying lots of pressure to make the darker areas of the image, like the night sky.

The large patch of white that represents the webbing of the dragon's wing just seems to distract from the composition of the piece overall, as it's vast and central, so there needs to be a little more detail with regards to that area - something like fine detail of veins or even tears to the flesh, as that's a pretty common thing with artist's impressions of creatures such as this. Similarly, with a lack of detail of the night sky, perhaps a compromise could be reached, by moving the stars to where they would fit in better, as opposed to obscuring the dragon?

Yes, I'd like to see some colour for this, but it's something that we're not going to get - the bonus would be being able to see if the dragon were blue or white, as I feel it should be. That;s just the D&D player in me talking.

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I'm not sure at all about how you've decided to put a giant shimmering star between the wings of the dragon and the view - physically, it shatters the illusion, since I'm now thinking all manner of basic physics, to comprehend how something that could create a light like that could be so small and therefore so close. To me, it does not make sense.

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Fooliolo responds:

I didn't have a pencil set back then. I'll figure out what the difference is between simply using lighter shades of graphite and applying pressure with a constant shade, skill excluded. Given the medium I was using, I doubt that the white streaking problems would go away entirely though.

D&D blue dragons spray lightning. Did you mean a silver dragon? And yes, that large twinkle is very dumb and should be ashamed of itself.

Thanks for having the balls to give constructive criticism where my friends and family have failed =)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice

I really wanted to review this one, particulairy because I really like it.

What I think is great about this picture, is the cold feeling this has. I could put such a cold atmosphere in a picture like this. The small stars on the ice (at least, I think it's ice) and the rocks that look cold and hard really add to that.

The dragon is well drawn too. I guess it's an ice dragon, which you don't see too often. I'm not sure why both his wings point to one direction though. I think the dragon would be even better if he took a pose with both of his wings next to him, not both on one side, and spreaded.

I think this picture would lose its charm if you put colours in it. The sky looks really nice with only black pencil. Grey is just the right colour for the rocks and the ice.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

I like this.

This is a very interesting drawing. I have only three things that I don't like: Line weight, all the lines are the same thickness and makes the picture look rather flat. Shading: I would love to see more shading. I noticed there is some shading but there could definitely use more. The third thing, Very busy: The dragon, I assume is the star of the pic, but is overwhelmed by the rest of the foreground and background.
However, I find the detail on this amazing! Seriously. The fact it's all in pencil, is impressive. This is better than most color pics I've seen floating around. Keep up the good work.

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Fooliolo responds:

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how to do the shading on the ice. Otherwise, the rest of what you say is valid when going for the eyecandy appeal.