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Draw this again tri-dragons by Mystalia Draw this again tri-dragons by Mystalia
I thought it would be nice to participate in a contest for a change. So I made an entry for the draw this again contest. I love the draw this again meme, so I had fun with this! It's a traditional work with digital colors.

Here's the link to the original old drawing: [link]
And here's a link to the new drawing: [link]

I'm so excited about this. I never really realized I had improved that much. If I may, I might even be a little proud. I hope you guys like it too!

media used: mechanical pencil, indian ink and dip pen, 0,25 copic multiliner, GIMP for the colors.
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SquishyJelly Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do another one of these.. This are great!
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sammy0207 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
this is f**king awesome great job man
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks! This is over a year old now though. If I had to do it again, I'd do it very differently!
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sammy0207 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
so why you don't draw this again? i really want to see this :P
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe I will soon :) Right now I have to meet a few urgent deadlines at university, but perhaps after that I'll try this again!
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xXYamikoNekoXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Friendly dragons? fuck this, i want creepy dragons (?
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, yeah, I guess it kind of looks like that. I didn't try to make them creepy on purpose, but I guess they look scarier because they're no longer smiling. =)
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xXYamikoNekoXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
xD is awesome
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Applecatalyst Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow! awesome mouths!
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:iconmystalia:
Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! =)
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The-Seventh-Gate Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconmystalia:
Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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The-Seventh-Gate Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
My pleasure ^-^
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MusicMew Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow -- a huge change. I like the change in style from cartoony to more mature. Probably changed styles with you, after you experienced new things in life between the two drawings. I always find that interesting, to see how the artist's style changes over time. :D
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The dragons in the old picture were from a comic I made back then. I couldn't get complex characters to look the same on every page, so I made their designs simpler and easy to remember. =) I'm glad I stopped doing that, though, because experimenting with detailed creature designs is so much fun. And it made me improve too :la:

Thanks for stopping by! ^^ Glad you like it!
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newt7111 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student
Wow huge improvement! how many years between these two!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The old picture is from november 2008, so it's almost 4 years old. I think I did well in those four years ^^
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newt7111 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student
Definitely
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That lower dragon looks very, very familiar... ;)
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, it looks kind of like Vritra, doesn't it? I honestly hadn't noticed until now. They share the beard-like hair and pose. It wasn't intentional, but I guess it's true X) I just tried to imitate the old picture as well as possible and the dragon there had a beard and its mouth open.
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, no complaints from me. I like that's it's kind of a recurring trademark of yours. The look of the dragon (and his other two awesome friends) is all your own. And I definitely love your dragon beards too. But the best part of all is your amazing command over image depth and perspective. It feels so much like they're gonna pop right out of the screen to bite my head off, lol. Here's hoping you win the contest. =D
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verlak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
amazing!! may i ask how you improved? did you draw this work over and over again? or did you practice other dragon drawings and just improved? i'm very curious so i can learn from you!!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well no, I didn't draw this single picture over and over again. That wouldn't be very helpful, because you'd only be copying what you had already drawn, along with all the mistakes in the picture. By doing this you wouldn't teach yourself anything new. It is very important to keep drawing though.
If you come across a problem you can't solve on your own, try studying other artists and see how they solve the problem you're having. Or google real animals and see how they work. That often helps. Don't be afraid to reference photo's, they're immensely helpful. Don't blatantly copy the photo, but try to understand how the things and creatures that are on the photo work. For example, if you're trying to draw a rabbit, find a picture of one, but draw it in a different pose and environment. Practice this lots and lots of times and you'll get better for sure.

I'm not saying I'm a master of all this at all, because I'm not X) I need lots more practice before I can contently call myself an artist. But everybody can improve with a little effort :dance: Good luck!
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verlak Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my gosh, thank you so much!! i appreciate the words of advice from someone i now admire! :hug: i shall follow this advice!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's okay ^^ Glad I could help. And I wish you the best of luck too! Because everybody can improve with just a little effort. =)
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verlak Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks!!
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RynbowRmpusPartyTwn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
The new one is really awesome, much more detailed and the perspective improved a ton. In the newer one it almost seems like the dragon at the bottom is going to leap of the page! I actually like the before drawing a lot too, its kind of cuter and more cartoony so its nice in that way. To me both are good in their own ways style wise but the newer version is definitely better because it shows more precision and technical skill.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^ It is good to hear the new one looks better. Otherwise four years of practice would have gone to waste X) And the old one looks cartoony because they were in a comic I made back then. I wasn't capable of redrawing complex characters on every single page, so I made them easy to remember. =) But I'm glad I canceled it. It gave me the opportunity to create detailed creatures again.

Thank you so much for that profound comment! It's nice to know people take the time to look at and appreciate my work. I'd share my cookies with you if I could =)
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing improvement you had there, definitely some great leaps that one is able to witness
best wish to you that you win :)
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much =) I'm really happy with how this turned out. It was a great piece to redraw. And it would be absolutely fantastic if I'd win, but let's not set the bar too high X) That would probably lead to disappointment. For now, I'm just glad I could update something from my gallery. It was fun :dance:
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:yep yep, enjoy the moment, the experience worth the most :D
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Scellanis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thats a vast improvement. I'm currently trying one but mine is turning out much worse the the original, I'm quite sad.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I hadn't quite realized how much I had improved, so this was amazing to do. =) And I'm sure you can do it too! Because everybody improves if they try ^^ I wish you the best of luck in the contest!
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Scellanis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mine looks rubbish but I've no idea how to sort it out so it'll have to stay rubbish. I should have just traced the original and re-coloured it. Not that I could enter that, oh well.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've already seen lots of entries that were just recolors of the original, because the artist thought he improved his coloring. I'm not sure if it is valid, but it might be. And I'm sure it's not as rubbish as you make it out to be X) As long as you try hard, every little inch of improvement counts!
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Scellanis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just realised the picture i chose is 8 years old...wow do I feel old right now. lol
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WickedWormwood Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
An amazing and original "draw this again" for a great four-years improvement! Bravo.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I love seeing all the entries to this contest. It's such a great idea for a contest. I used to love the older drawing to bits four years ago, so it wasn't hard for me to choose which deviation to redraw =)

Thank you for stopping by, glad you like it! :dance:
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