Edit - 8/24/2012: Some modifications made, as per the suggestions of the awesome commenters and friends who gave valued feedback.
Darkened the wings, still transparent but less gauzy. Added veins to the wings.
Changed the tan dragon to more of a buckskin, made the horns and talons a little more identifiable as being bone/claw material.
Fixed a botch on the wing of the tan dragon. Made it more consistent, and defined where the membrane overlaps.
changed the lighting. It was too bright before, looked more like daytime than the full of the moon.
These dragons are not of a scaled variety. They are possessed of a hide, meant to be lighter, more maneuverable. These aren't the titans of the sky, while I do intend them to be of a bigger variety than they aren't massive. Think about the mass of a lion, not an elephant.
You can find V2 here: for comparison purposes.
Edit: when I get my tablet fixed, I'll be doing a Midnight Fight v3, which will be this one taken past the initial 8 hour mark I was trying to keep this one within - to see how far I can take it. I'll definitely be reading all tips, critiques and suggestions.
This is a revisit of my 2010 image "Midnight Fight" ([link])
note: This was done before my tablet surface crapped out. I've got one on order though, yaaaay!
The goal was to redraw the image from scratch, and keep it within the same time frame as the original. I limited myself to 8 hours of working time, same as the original, and took it as far as I could in that period.
It was really good to do, and see how far I've come in that time period of two years.
I did change a few elements, the tan dragon lacks allot of the spikes and spines to add more of the visual cues that it may be younger than they one ambushing him.
I moved the moon within the wingspans to make it more unified. I tried moving it around a bunch, but I didn't like it anywhere else.
From the original description:
These are supposed to be two adult male dragons, fighting over rights to mate/dominance. They are not using fire, as that would be using up precious energy reserves they need for breeding.
The red dragon is older, and smaller and rather stiff with age. However his experiences give him a distinct advantage over the larger youth, and his size makes him a harder target to hit. His dark coloration makes it easy for him to hide in the night sky, and ambush the young male, diving down to hopefully scare him off with a startling visual and vocal display.
Erol as to be one of the few characters that I have completely figured out their whole life. I know his most of his childhood, teen years and his adult life. I can't believe that I just made him up a month ago... I still want to send him to as a student but if that doesn't work I'm might try as a teacher... I'm not sure how that will work but... I want to do something I guess... >3<