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So! Here is my [slightly late] submission to my newly revived art exchange --> :iconshinxchange:
This month I got wispywaffle and I was able to draw her character, Wispy! I think I bit off way more than I could chew but it was a really nice challenge c': I tried my best to stay accurate to her design but I may or may not have accidentally changed some things. For that, I apologize. This is also the first time I've done a major background and the first time I've gotten to test my painty style with a full-body dragon. It took. A. Long. Time. Maybe that's just because I hand painted all the fur.
I struggled really really badly on those trees. But for all the effort I put into it, I'm relatively pleased with the outcome. Any critique on this is absolutely welcomed because I seek improvement.


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Wispy © :iconwispywaffle:
Art © Shinerai my face!
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I started this off as a comment, but I'll sandwich it in as a critique (my first!) since it was requested.

The fur is the best part. The time and effort spent on the feathers and hair really show through. It's best viewed at the highest resolution! I agree with you in thinking that the overall image suffers because of the background, and unfortunately it's a difficult thing to accurately critique since there are a lot of different approaches when it comes to landscapes.

I think your biggest issue is the transition from sea/river to shore. The reflections are loose and inaccurate, and the water is flat and uninteresting. You want to try to have a seamless blend between the landscape and the water, and that means enhancing some of the detail and contrast in those areas. What this actually means in practice is up to the artist's discretion. A big part of it is time as well; since you spent so much on the subject it's hard to justify spending even more time on the background.

The trees aren't that bad at all. From height it's hard to tell them apart anyway. Similar to scales or fur, you can put in as much or as little detail as you want, as long as the implication of the landscape is there (the landscape's anatomy, if you will). You've done some of that with the lighting, but the structure could be emphasized further in and around the areas of interest.

Clouds are notoriously difficult to paint, but a big thing I learned when trying to paint them is that they are not just white but are in fact blends of all sorts of interacting illuminations. These include sources from overhead, from other clouds, and from the land beneath. Time is a factor so I understand this was not your primary focus with this piece.

Overall, fantastic work! I love seeing your dragons, and a background is icing on the cake. I look forward to your next piece.
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The dragon itself is wonderful and whimsical, everything down to the expression, posture and coloring. Though the left wing seems oddly bent, it's hidden very well. (I didn't even notice till I looked at the background :P ) The detail is ridiculous. As in crazy so, I almost want to reach through my monitor and pet it! Also love the slight glow on the fur by the necklace.

The background as a whole is lovely and doesn't detract from the overall point of the picture (the dragon). But it does have some flaws upon closer inspection.

While the bottom right of the forest is filled with depth and shadow, it kind of blurs out as it goes to the left side, going from vibrant 3D to a more flat 2D look. This may be in part to how smooth the river banks seem.

I really loved the clouds though, mostly because the child in me loves how clouds sometime hide hidden shapes and maybe because I'm a deprived and lonely girl, I see at least 1 cat and a raccoon. Intentional or not that is really awesome.
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deconfusion Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is so awesome! ;_; 
i just love your style and the pose in this pic and every detail, omg, awesome !
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Myranda-Fox-Love Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the little "burst" of color in the necklace! :D
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much c:>
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AsheliaLilithCrosse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just love creeping through your gallery, I cant get enough of it XD hehee. This one, ugh Im staring!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you so much cx I'm honored.
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AsheliaLilithCrosse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ohh pfff ;P
always welcome! : D
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IHave2Dream Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo love this one.  :)
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LionheartExcel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
WOW :O
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vikatt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Truly stunning. I admire you so much, this is gorgeous.. And you hand painted all of it. Jesus.. Your style is so different and beautiful I love it. Wonderful job :clap:
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments c': (a million years late)
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Ryooshi-Ryuu Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Geezus....I can't get over your style I just love it so much I wish I could do art like you!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliment c: I appreciate it.
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Sirfy Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fur details on that is amazing <3
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you beb!
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Jack-the-Wolf1986 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow ... this is ... madness.
a very, very, very great Picture.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Mudzi Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Woow! :wow: Simply woow.... *speechless*
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pyradragon Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Ah my gowd. I love this. I love this flying pose and crisp detail.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Policide Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the latest comment in the history of ever but AW GAD DAMN SHIN.
THE DETAIL IN THIS MAKES ME EYEBALLS CRY TEARS OF JOY.

But really, amazing work. You're improving IMMENSELY with each new painting!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much hon ;;
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justien16 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
its so pretty XD
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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justien16 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
your welcome X3
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JuSilly Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture,so realystic.
And the dragon wow,very cool!!

just one question,what program do you use to make this?
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the compliments! I used Adobe Photoshop CS3
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J0N-Lankry Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
so beautiful !
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you c:
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J0N-Lankry Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome ^^
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forrgotenrose Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow this is lovely! I like the motion of the tail and the slightly folded wings. And the texture of the fur! Now that's impressive, how on earth you you have enough patience to do that?!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!! I seem to enjoy monotony, I think that's the real answer XDD;;
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RamenScotch Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work! :)
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look at that freaking hair man, I just love how your new stuff has such amazing texture. I was looking into that recently, on how to paint things with a texture that looks like you can feel it while looking at it. You are doing great!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments, beb ;; I'm still working with texture too. Got any good resources you've dug up?
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Serpentwined Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ive been doing those little sphere practices, something like this[link] or
Sometimes people do cubes too. I wonder if there is a site that will throw random texture ideas to do at you.
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Lucky-phantom Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A full dragon!!! Awesome!! It was a big jump...from the last one, to this one. What can i say...its beautiful. The rendering, the pose, the colors etc. The only thing that looks a bit off are the trees, they look a little bit too brush-ified to me. But one can easily tell all those character details took a while, and after spending such a long time on the fur who cares about the trees xD. Also, you improve in huge leaps, last time you did an almost-background, and this time, you did this neat BG! So next time you will most likely do it even better.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much beb! I appreciate your compliments very much! I am definitely trying really hard ;; haha
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kirby90210 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Wonderful detail on the wings and landscape!


There's a peice behind the back good though that I can't tell if it's a a part of the tail or a tip of the wing, but the wing pose doesn't seem like it extends back that far compared to the other wing, so it looks like a mysteriously peice of wing jutting out somewhere to me.
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the compliments and also the critique! I'll work on more natural poses c:
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful! Amazing!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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thewolftroll Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
np!
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leni-rowe Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Stunning. ♥
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! C:
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Foxchibi Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! What an interesting angle you've gone with beb!! I always love how you expand your horizons (lol no pun intended) with each pic you post!! The fur is gorgeous! It has such a nice shine to it that really goes with the brightness of the pic! I would suggest maybe adding some sparklies to the water in the future? It would show the reflection of light slightly better! That being said THOSE CLOUDS ARE FREAKING GORGEOUS. I like that they're not too formed, but you have a very obvious sense of shape to them. They really help wrap the pic up! Overall gorgeous pic!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arg thank you so much with the clouds! and wow that's an awesome idea for the water! I'm going to add some waves too. I've been getting all kinds of useful critique, so thanks for adding to it! ;;
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Galidor-Dragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The hair is killing me with its awesomeness :D And the coloring, anatomy and wings ;p Great job!!
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Shinerai Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Gali ;;
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Galidor-Dragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome Shin! :) keep on being awesome!
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