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Chinese Water Dragon Drawing by AmBr0 Chinese Water Dragon Drawing by AmBr0
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Drawing a Chinese water dragon coloring with Pastel sticks and pencils on paper. Species of agamid lizard native to China and mainland Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Asian water dragon, Thai water dragon, and green water dragon

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:bulletblue:(40x30cm) (15.75"x11.811")

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I'm basing the following critique on your replay of your work.

I. Vision 4/5

a. Form:
The only complaint that I would make about your form is that the top eye lid is too well stylized. The front half started as a straight (45 degree?) angle compared to the line of the mouth; then, became more of a rounded shape. It looks sleek, where your concept sketch reflected a more relatively reptilian look, or lack of expression, which would be more natural to an actual specimen. This alteration can be due to the piece developing with time and as it materializes, depending on what degree of expressiveness you are aiming for. I, personally, have never seen as expressive of a look within the orbits of reptiles.

b. Composition
1. The Coloring is excellent, but unnatural; as though a picture of this reptile were taken in low light and the gama increased so much make the subject pop off the page. The subject does pop off the page in some spots, but an effect is missing from that idea.
2. Lighting
Sheen effects are present in the aqueus of the eye, but lacking on the tips of the spine and mandible. Whenever there is a brighter background, I have observed that the brightness distorts the outline of the figure, which was similar in this piece; whenever there has been a brighter subject, I have observed a darker boarder outside the figure. You started to make a sheen around the outside, which would've been consistent with an ambient aura in low-light, but you got rid of it. Look at the luminescence and effect of a full moon. I do enjoy seeing bright colors in nature and I believe that a majority of viewers do to. 0:27to 0:37

3. Shading
There is lots of work on the shading in the outlines of the scales, but in the final result, the detail is lost. I can't be sure if that is due to resolution problems to comply with DA's submission system, but it is a loss. Your technique is seen between 0:00 and 0:17 . This work was lacking much of the grey scale, if this drawing were meant to imitate an actual photo. There should be dark, tiny speckles along the more shaded surfaces because of luminescence is reduced around bumps and crevices in the textures of shaded scales. Scales are never perfect in nature because of the wear and tear that it has on animals.

4. Presentation
This figure is not symmetrical to the edges of the piece, which gives it a more natural look. Good idea! I would've liked to have seen the values in the background to have been given form though; as in subtle spade leaves, mosses, woods, etc. I don't see a notation in the the description about adding to this piece in the future, so I'm assuming that it is 'as is.'

II. Originality 3/5 (average)
What is original about the profile bust of a reptile? The concept isn't new, but the brilliant colors and sleek form that you have given this figure are appealing. Great work!

III. Technique 5/5 (Excellent)
Your techniques used during the fleshing process were on par or better than some techniques that I've seen from fellow college artists, whom I'd seen some years ago. Your line hatching was precise for your tiny scales. You had protected your work, in every way, during all of the processes.

IV. Impact 3.5/5(above average)
Obviously, the subject isn't new, but the overall look almost convinces me that I'm looking at a front cover of a Nature magazine. I, personally, wouldn't have much use of it for longer than uncommon chances to present the subject of an animal art piece to friends, but I would buy this piece in a small format to show to kids who want to see and learn about the Chinese water dragon. I think that this piece would impact kids wonder in this animal and that comes from an effort that goes above what is average. Good work.
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marthig Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, Love dragons all of them, real and mythical :iconwittlebearplz: :iconsomehugsplz:
Brownie-frito Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I try to see it as a draw but I can't, it's like a photograph, amazing.
HoneyPlease Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018   Traditional Artist
What a beautty :rose:
Krystear Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! You have crazy skills! O.O
deepvision Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
An artist's miracle...
pinestater234 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018   Photographer
Wonderful detail, especially the use of color  Fav
suezn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018
Wonderful work! :clap:
DragonosX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
The work on the scales is excellent. Beautiful colors as well!
tpallier Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool artwork - love the eye detail in particular. Looks great :-)
LoonaLucy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018
BJbear2001 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
Critiques take time. I just want you to know that I felt that your work was worth my time and effort. Good work, keep going!
pjenz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely amazing work, looks like a photograph and not a drawing, really excellent job :heart:
Cederien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Plain and simply awesome.
vanndra Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
GwenneAreble Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You amaze me every time. Fantastic attention to detail!
Electric-Raichu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 you must be lying ... it's gotta be a photo ... right?

actually i find pastels pretty messy but their colours are very rich so i can see why people like them.
RavenCorona Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous.
Harmony1965 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :)
professorwagstaff Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Brilliant. What else can you say?
SilentLadyGTA Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Fantastic !
KanaGo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally amazing!
donna-j Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Wow! This is fantastic!
keight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Gorgeous work.
Martynes9N Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist
Looking through the gallery, my eye catching this, I think "wow, this is one amazing close-up photo". Oh well...
mpz28 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
Very nice  Cool WinkBlue Love Applaud fella (Reactions)  
mercedesgs Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors and all the details you did
goticdraw Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Madre mía, qué locura!
Vaya curro. Unos colores fantásticos!
A pesar de la importancia del ojo, la vista se te va a cualquier punto. Bien hecho!
foxwafflesdraws Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
The detail of the scales!!! You are my idol!!!
WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018   Photographer
Wow!  This is stunning!
BigBadGull Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
When I saw it first, I thought it was real.
Great drawing👍👍👍
TinaLouiseUk Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work :) x
Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
Love the colors and detail! 
Rose-Hunter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's beautiful work!
IvieMoon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
This is so impressive! I love how you were able to show the shading of each scale while keeping such clean, crisp details. And the colors are beautiful. Very well done! :)
marijeberting Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
Ozzkat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy cow, the colors!  Amazing.
che38 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
A beautiful work !
DoodlAnne Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GrimmuzA Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're creations are so beautiful! Heart bum 
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August 23, 2018
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Shutter Speed
16/10 second
Focal Length
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Date Taken
Aug 20, 2018, 8:02:00 PM
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