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Where Stones Fall

Posted Sep 9, 2017, 1:38:17 AM

Some fanart of a youtube series I started a little while ago. It only has two episodes out, but I like it a lot! This is Torio, one of the characters in it. My GOSH his face disagreed with my hand, but I eventually got to a place where I was happy with what I sketched up. Funnily enough, I disliked him at first, but he quickly grew on me and now is my favorite character.

If you are interested in original stories about dragons, check out Blaze's animatic series The Fire and the Pheonix, it's on youtube~ The art in the first ep isn't the best, but it gets a ton better in the second- also expect fluctuations in volume. There's only two episodes out at the moment, but I do recommend it!

Torio and TFaP belong to Blaze-TFD

Art belongs to me. Don't steal or repost, thanks!

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  • Sep 13, 2017
    Hi MaskedDragonNamedLin. I think this is one of the best illustrations you've posted. It has a nice line quality and nice use of color.

    Since the values (light/dark) of the dragon are similar to the ground, he gets a little lost in it. I think it might help to add a shadow for him. See attached example. This also helps him appear more like he's a part of the space.

    Also the placement of his tail being slightly covered by the rock on the left creates some tension. It would help if the rock covered more of the tail or not at all. compositionally it might help to slant the rock more rather than make it so straight. it can help to frame the piece. Making it darker in the foreground will also create more sense of depth.

    One thing that can help too with composition is the rule of thirds:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_thirds



    Let me know if this critique was helpful or not. I wasn't sure what level of critique you were looking for.
    Image attached
    • Sep 18, 2017
      Thank you! I didn't know about the rule of thirds, that is interesting to know. I was trying to capture a bleak feel in this, since the dragon is depressed, so that's why the colors are so dulled, though I do see your point. Part of why the shadows are less visible is because the source of light is fairly frontwards to him, thus the shadows behind and out of sight- it's also why I would be hesitant to darken the rock in front, since that would contradict lighting. Lengthening the rock in front does help though.

      I find a lot of this helpful, I probably won't change this piece itself, but I'll keep it in mind for future work, thank you! I enjoy constructive criticism a lot, I don't mind a fair level of it, it gives me a lot to think about.
      • Sep 22, 2017
        Yeah you definitely made it feel bleak. Nice job on the colors.

        The rule of thirds is a good one that I often forget about. I'm going to try and use it more in the future.

        Glad the critique was helpful! I'd definitely welcome critique on my work as well (when i post which is not nearly often enough haha).
    • Sep 18, 2017
      Thank you! I didn't know about the rule of thirds, that is interesting to know. I was trying to capture a bleak feel in this, since the dragon is depressed, so that's why the colors are so dulled, though I do see your point. Part of why the shadows are less visible is because the source of light is fairly frontwards to him, thus the shadows behind and out of sight- it's also why I would be hesitant to darken the rock in front, since that would contradict lighting. Lengthening the rock in front does help though.

      I find a lot of this helpful, I probably won't change this piece itself, but I'll keep it in mind for future work, thank you! I enjoy constructive criticism a lot, I don't mind a fair level of it, it gives me a lot to think about.