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I think you need to practice clouds a bit, and the sun looks very unnatural, but I love the concept and you drew the water very well. The lighting on the dragon is nice and so are the shadows on the water, but the reflected sun is a bit too perfect. It's also out of alignment with the actual sun XD The picture itself is slanted, but the reflection should not be independent of that. The reflection needs to be pushed more towards the rocks, and probably should be mostly concealed by the rocks.
This painting is a couple of years old, and I've already learned a lot since then, but thank you for the critique! I've noticed a lot of those things myself.
There's so much depth and epic atmosphere to this, and yet its simplicity and subtle use of colors go so easy on the eye. Viewing it firsthand, the focal rhythm and exciting key points completely suck me in and create such an overwhelming sense of mysticalness.
There are several aspects of this illustration that give off a great sense of interest, such as the unique use of an angled horizon line, the moody gray clouds, and the detailed textures of the dragon, rocks, and ocean surface. I even notice the small and hard-to-see patches of moss and grass growing along the rocks! Incredible.
All of these elements wrap together perfectly and complement one another in such a way that it renders a completely believable mix of fantasy and realism. Outstanding work, this is one of my favorite pieces by you.
I must ask though, what program did you use and how long would you say it took you to complete?
All my digital paintings are done in Photoshop (Until I learn Painter anyway). This particular one was done a good year and a half ago in CS4. I was running a crummy laptop back then so it took me a few days to do this one. In contrast, my two most recent paintings were done in a couple of several-hour sittings.
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