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Fight for life by Mystalia Fight for life by Mystalia
Taking a break from ideas for wolf poses for =WhiteSpiritWolf's aceos, I decided to practice digital coloring again for a bit. I had a neat sketch of this picture lying around, because I found the sketch alone too boring and bland to upload. But I was really happy with it and liked the idea, so maybe some color would make it upload-worthy. And it kind of did? I'm not sure. I still think my digital coloring needs a lot of improvement. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I like scenes like these. There are too many "posed" dragons in my gallery, in my opinion. It's just a dragon in front of an empty background. I need to improve drastically on action scenes like these and landscape backgrounds. That's what I'm planning on doing the next few months.

I wasn't too sure if celtic shields were strapped to the arm of the warrior. Now that I think about it, they probably weren't and the men just had to carry them around. I made a mistake there, because I drew it in a way that would suggest it was strapped to the arm with leather strips or something like that. Just mentioning this, so people won't think that arm just disappears into the shield X)

Also, I wanted to draw a really sleek, raptor-like dragon because I thought it would be a likely enemy to encounter while traveling somewhere on foot, unlike a giant flying monster (unless you're the dovahkiin, of course). This idea made me try to draw the limbs of the dragon really long and thin. That's the reason why the arm in front may look a little stretched. I think it worked pretty well, actually.

During the process of sketching this, I kept thinking the right arm and hand of the warrior were a bit too small, but then I took a few reference photo's of my own arm and torso and remodeled it after that. The result was more or less the same. So I guess I did it right somehow. It is foreshortened a bit, since the arm is slightly behind the torso, that is true. So I guess it's not that weird if it appears somewhat smaller.

I recolored the hair and beard of the warrior three times X) They were blond at first, then a dark type of brown. But I wanted something more red, so I made it red. But that was too red so I mixed in some brown. And the result is what we see here. I tried to color with an analogous palette.

Media used: mechanical pencil, GIMP
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akitku Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Movement is amazing here! Great job!
Crocofielius Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic. I love the story! And I love the idea of a raptor-like dragon; the awesome features of a raptor with the epic lizardiness of a dragon!
LopezCS4 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so AWESOME!
lot of refined details, and nice colors!
Mystalia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot ^^ I still need to improve my digital coloring skills, but this looks alright.

Thanks for stopping by!
GamerCavallino Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist
I really feel that your warrior is defending himself from a vile creature ! and not just hiding behind his shield ! the detail on the dragon is incredible & I love that the arm is extended as is! Makes me feel like he is really clawing at your warrior! Great coloring as well (:
Mystalia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man! =) We can't have men cowering behind their shields, now can we? Not while angry dragons are attacking.

Digital coloring is not something I consider myself good at, so these compliments make me really happy. I still need to improve, but this shows I may be going the right way and have made some progress. Thank you so much for your time and for stopping by! ^^
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