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Blaze by Chromamancer Blaze by Chromamancer
Speedpaint 4-18
Time: 5 Hours.

I think a few speedpaints might help me loosen up a little, and help refine my technique.

I normally spend weeks on the large pictures I do, but I think it is easy to over-work things, and waste time re-doing things. So, I took a different approach with this piece, and finished it within the day!
Whoo! :D
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:iconjecoil:
jecoil Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I am picky about my dragons, but this one I love!  Nice work.
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Reithya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Very powerful and I really enjoy the colors you've used to create the dynamics in the image. :love: Thanks for sharing! :D
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MeadowSparrow Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, so magnificent!!
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Aquaridragon Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Wow, love how you painted this.
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Rinoa-Akime Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Writer
He's wonderful <3
I love his expression it's like if he's dominating the whole world ^^'
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Thank you.
The posture and expression in this piece were rather fun.
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Rinoa-Akime Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome =)
I can imagine it =)
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JesnCin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Agggghh you're amazing! You've set the atmosphere of the whole piece so well! I love the contrast going on in the picture; the dark dragon against the light background really brings the viewer's attention to him. You're still great at cranking out details on dragons :)
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you very much. :)

I draw a lot of them, so I'm more familiar with filling in the details. I'm planning on switching it up with some other creatures when doing these speedpaints, though. They seem like a great way to practice and make some art. It's satisfying to finish something in a reasonable amount of time, too.
I'm glad to hear that you enjoy this one. It was a lot of fun to make!
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JesnCin Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D

That actually sounds really interesting! I'd love to see your interpretation of other creatures.
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Striking, and in an impressive time as well. I think a lot of digital artists get caught up in the details, when really, all that matters is composition and style.
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thank you very much. :)

I know I've overworked many of the pieces that I've spent a long time on.
These speedpaints have been a good way to focus on the important details, and a great way to practice.
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muddslide Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I think this worked out great, streaming your speedpaint! And your creation for such a short time is quite stunning... at first look I wouldn't have thought it was even a speedpaint at all!

I really love how you designed the scales, making the dragon almost look like it has fur in some parts. Also really love the bit of tattered-ness to the wings. Perhaps you could play more with creating a dragon that looks "aged". This piece would be hard to fit many details on but it would have added to the character if there were other telling signs like a healed scar or subtle worn-down claws and horns. Not to be cliche, but I think it would be very impressive to create a naturally-aged/elderly dragon. Just something that came to mind when I saw the wings. :)

My 2 cents on feet placement (saw some stuff about it earlier).... I think it is most commonly accepted that forefeet should be together (either straight or adducted) to create the classic regal pose, such as what I think you were going for here. Hind feet, on the other hand, can show off a lot more depth and strength by placing them either stacked like you have (like a show dog or horse!) or have one further forward underneath the animal, kind of creating a wide base like a tripod. There's lots of ways to do it, so it would be neat to play with.

Just to truly be nit-picky, most animals with odd-numbered toes where one digit ends higher-up on the leg, it is usually always on the inside aspect of the limb. For even-numbered toes there may be two shorter digits that are symmetrical. Not to say that dragons can't go against the rules but I think that the placement of the digit has some physiological significance, such as risk of being torn.

Also I have to say I really love the foreground rocks, I think you should play more and more trying to work foreground components into your pieces. :)

I'm sorry I know that's a lot, especially for a speedpaint, but I hope you find it useful! I really really hope to see more streamed art from you! :D
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thank you very much for the awesome comment! :D
An aged dragon... I might have to try that some time. It could be an interesting challenge, since I don't think I've really tried that before.

I'll keep those things in mind, and thanks for the anatomy tips, too. I'll make sure to improve on details like that in future speedpaints. :)

If you're not able to make the streams, I have been saving the process from these speedpaints, so you can watch them on Livestream later, if you want, too.
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RegalWyvren Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I love it! The unrefined texture of the whole thing, but the background in particular makes the piece.
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Thank you very much. :)

I tried adding more detail to the sky in this piece, but when I did, it lost the impact. Leaving that a bit more abstract was the correct approach here, I think.
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Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What makes this picture really interesting is the fact that you made the fire the atmosphere and background rather than that of right underneath the dragon's rock. It adds more to the emotion here than anything ^^
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legarsraide Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
again you've made an excellent job =D. That's even more impressive because it's a speed paint ^^
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TheCandyDragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good. I like the way the background was drawn.
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FengatorMx6 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I think the fullview size is a little too big... But this is awesome!
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ClassicMariposAzul Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow! good job, Chromamancer! :lol:
I love the background, the technique and all! :love::love:
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Nathlin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Writer
Couldn't stay in the stream for very long, but it was real fun to watch while I did. And the product is just fantastic.
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DarKFeaR-10 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply awesome. As always! :D
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BlueMidna Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really love the lighting and colours :)
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H-brid Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
waw dude awesome and very nice !!
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:iconinghelene:
Inghelene Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty neat as always!
Might I ask how much time you used? :)
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Krovash Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really like the style of this artwork, especially how you did fire effects and highlights, great job ;)
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Ionosphere-Negate Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
GAW DAEUM
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crywulf4 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
whoa i love hte colourscheme :3
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you!
I enjoy using warm color schemes, like this.
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crywulf4 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
yes, it looks awesome :D
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Adreos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally get to see something from you again. Yay!

I love the lighting and the theme of the piece. Though the white outline on the rocks I find a bit... odd.
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you very much. :D
I'm planning on livestreaming speedpaints like this more frequently. I think I'll be able to improve nicely after a few of them.

I can definitely see what you're talking about. I wanted to have enough contrast for those parts of the scenery to stand out, but I probably made the lighting a bit too strong, there.
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
:wow: so epic!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you very much. :D
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
very welcome!
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TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
it was good watching you draw this bravo my friend bravo :iconclapplz:
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you for dropping by to watch! :D

I'll probably be doing that sort of thing on a more regular basis now. It was really fun.
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TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Im glad you had a great time ^^ looking forward to viewing more :la:
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DragonIceIceCrystal Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
nice :)
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you. :)
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you very much. :D

I'm hoping to livestream these on a regular basis. It will be a great way to practice and improve, I think.
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LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely :) i was already missing your dragons and nice coloring. specially like the rocks with the sunshine
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Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
After working on large projects, I think I'll have to do some more speedpaints like this, to loosen up...

How have you been?
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LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fine ^^ with problems here and there, but fine.
hope you're doing well (:
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Yep. :)

I'm doing well.
It's been busy, so that's a bit frustrating, but it's fun in a way, too. It always seems like there's so much to do and never enough time to get everything done.
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LOLlyACE Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
The background is dazzling! *v* If I may suggest something, perhaps in the future you should paint the feet planted farther apart, to emphasize the width of the dragon and its perch? Just an idea, I'm not sure if it would work.
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