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Korageth The Black Dragon by lavaheart626 Korageth The Black Dragon by lavaheart626
My first commision!!!

This is :iconjafira:'s Oc Korageth.

He's a lazy black dragon. Whose just woken up from a mid-day nap.

The background only looks slightly good this time because I took it too 4chan's art critic board. Where they ripped it apart XD

Although I loved the feedback :) it didn't look half as good before. Although I was careful not to show them that the dragon was going to be black. I probably would of gotten yelled at ferociously if I'd show that right from the beginning XD

overall it was a good experience that I needed.

though I need to work on my hard line for the background... the dragon and background still just don't quite match up... I wish I could go lineless on dragons -_- I make such bad lines...

Character is owned by :iconjafira: Don't redraw it without his permission.

EDIT: uhg what happened to the tree trunks >: (
they went and changed on me...
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:iconnewboldworld:
newboldworld Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Excellent! :-)
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:> thank you!!!
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Valyavande Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not a bad concept for the background =) May you can study a bit in the future how perspective works and how to relate the heights of the elements to each other. Stuff seems to be off. But it's really not a bad start.
And for the dragon: don't fear to use bright highlights and really dark darks. Give him contrasts and you can learn how to paint without lines =)
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe ya I suck at perspective.

thanks for the tips I'll keep them in mind!
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xZhikkax Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really well done! I love the background! ^^
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! C:
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xZhikkax Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :3
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:iconoilux:
Oilux Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Writer
Hello! Your wonderful art has been featured on my Sunday Selects here: [link]
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow!!! thanks! was wondering why I was getting so many views.

(first time being featured and my first time to break a thousand views XD)
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Oilux Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Writer
Congrats! But you deserve a lot more features and a lot more views.
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD eh I guess. There's others with more skill and less recognition though.
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Oilux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Writer
Pssh I don't know what you're talking about
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Skyzera Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I love the style of the background, everything looks so smooth (Which works especially well with the rocks) The dragon looks very pretty, and it's eyes are captivating!
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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Skyzera Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
^^ You're welcome~
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like the background quite a bit, especially that pile of rocks in the front because it looks like a headless figure relaxing with his leg folded. The path with the trees and the wall looks quite nice. The whole image has a serene feel to it. Korageth the black dragon looks quite at peace too.

while the scene works well as a whole, the dragon doesn't jive with the scenery. I think he's just too dark, some more lighting bouncing off from the environment would help tie him to the warmth of scene. Pretty cool composition though.
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thanks! that means a lot to me!

XD and I like what you see in the rocks XD
(those ppl at 4chan said some of the rocks in the far background looked like a butt:iconfuuuplz: sometimes -_-)

hmm do you mean like colors in the background sorta seeping into the dragon's colors?
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, if you mixed in a little green with the grays and blacks that might pull the dragon into the scene some more. The eyes help but some green and or some sky blue in the scales on the chest.

The line work is pretty jarring too. If it's hard to get the lines out of the dragon maybe add some light line work to the background, especially the rocks. It's pretty good with the detailed background so getting the dragon to flow would take it to the next level.
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok I'll keep that in mind next time I'm having trouble easing the subject into it's background ^^

(thanks for all the advice!!!)
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :)
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FinalVirucide Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool dragon image! :)

As for the issue with the line for the dragon - I think it might help if you took a look at reptiles and bat wings drawn in a realistic manner in order to get a better sense of how shading for scales and wings are done. That way you could focus less on lines and more on shading and depth to emulate the dragon's body.
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thanks!

and hum ya I know... I've been meaning to study on animal anatomy for awhile... but I never seem to have time...
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Walldryx45 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome details for the background and dragon, great work =)
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Walldryx45 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're Welcome !
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fang Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i actually like the handling on the background more than the dragon, so i'd try to apply some background techniques on him. maybe less hard edges?

also i think a better sense of scale would help. the trees are either very small ( if they're just skinny i'd make them taller), or those rocks and the grass the dragon is sitting on is hugeee
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm I'll try that next time...

Ya I kinda realize that now. (wasn't the best Idea to use something I shopped together as a reference for the background)

I was planning on having him be looking at a small an animal of some sort... but I can't do cute and fluffy very good X( and it kept looking like some sorta shaggy mess...
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ElectronZekrom Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student
Nice job!
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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ElectronZekrom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student
You're welcome.
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
What a beautiful piece. I love the peacefulness of the setting and the pose is just lovely.
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) Thanks! That means a lot to me!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
You are very welcome :)
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jazz211 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the style you did to draw the dragon. He's eyes really stand out.
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) thanks!
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jazz211 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome
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crezpy123 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work! Love the coloring and all the details! Really nice done!
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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crezpy123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem..^^you deserve it.. :D
please watch my deviant art please ^^
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Kyinn Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the texture of the dragon scales. You certainly put a lot of detail into it. The trees and the background have a nice color palette, though they look rough and not as detailed.
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ya I get a pretty small brush round brush and place all the scales one at a time XD

for the trees I use a fluffy sorta sponge shaped brush since that would take days to do in the same technique as the scales.
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ViperSwan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow that is so awesome!
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconviperswan:
ViperSwan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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DJMurasaki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful dragon~♥
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lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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DJMurasaki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Welcome~♫
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jimmyst1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thats very good !!!
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:iconlavaheart626:
lavaheart626 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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saysoifyouwantto Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice blur
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