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A battle of fire and cold lightning by FelisGlacialis A battle of fire and cold lightning by FelisGlacialis
I wanted to practise with another style and realised that it has been a long time ago since I drew dragons - something hope to draw more often again. I tried to apply some different techniques and tried play around with values and such. Yet I feel a bit of a noob compared to great artists. I'm more or less satisfied with the outcome but I would really like some technical suggestions for improvement.

Anyway I thought about a fire dragon and a blue-black icy cold 'alternative' dragon that doesn't breath fire but white hot lightning. Nice combination - ice and lightning :) I'm wondering what which dragon would win this battle - if it even is a battle. Maybe they just play around - that is up to you :)

Drawn in Adobe photoshop CS2 with Wacom Tablet in ...approx 8 hours or so??

Art by me, please don't copy and/or use it without my persmission
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I'm not big on doing something like this. I have critiqued, but only once.
To show two different colours as a sign if rivalry is fairly cliché. As the two characters are rivals, the viewer is given a sense of duality, for we have difficulty choosing a side. It is also natural that someone has competition and letting it go overboard is a cliché.
I will say: personally, I have a soft spot for dragons. Having seen much artwork of yours, Mirjam, of animals, I am impressed as always with your detail. I can see how hard you worked, paying attention to the lining of the scales, horns, and spikes on the red dragon. Seeing the pattern the blue dragon's spines and his number of horns, add to the difference between the two characters.
Typically, a fire dragon would be an ice dragon's enemy, but it is unique that the blue dragon represents lightning. Fire and lightning are both very powerful dragon elements and having them fight avoids a cliché. The fire and lightning are also well-detailed.
As for the background colours, I think of them like the dragons' aura, for they take up the picture.
These clichés, I have a soft spot for them as well. Keep up the good work :thumbsup:
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I am stunned. The colors, lighting, everything is amazing. I love it as much as i loaf dragons. I love it it looks awesome and i just can't get over it...
This piece captures the dragons very nicely and it looks fucking fantastic. I can't get over the astonishment and breathtaking feel of this piece.

It looks very good and I love it.

Dragons are cool like this pic

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soulfyremusic Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
This is Awesome!!! Great work!
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :jawdrop:
Who will win? :eyepopping:
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Jay-FNAF-Theorist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Student
i love this aaa
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016   General Artist
Thankies :)
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OtachiKaiju68 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
wow this is really Awesome! really nice work on this :)
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconendlessblueocean:
EndlessBlueOcean Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaromanticman:
ARomanticMan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love dragon battles. Awesome!
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014   General Artist
Same here :)
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:iconwatanukikun:
watanukikun Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
WOW! An epic battle! AWESOME!
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Incredible :D
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
No problem
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:iconmudstar-sibera:
Mudstar-Sibera Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the texture and scales, detail and shading...amazing!
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thankies!!
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NoGuyToRemember Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
If anyone in this world knows how to picture such an encounter, it is you. Great work!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thankies - that is good to hear :)
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SangVarg Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. is. soo. EPIC!! Oh Noes! 
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thankies!
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:icondepcow:
depcow Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I always wondered wither cold would overcome fire or vice versa!
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
ha but the lightning was a funny surprise :)
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depcow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Its still sooooooo amazing!
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:iconbiding:
Biding Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Truly incredible.  I love the idea of breathing lightning.  If you're seeking a critique, I might recommend more embers or sparks surrounding the flames.
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! Hm I think it may overload the picture a bit and takes away the focus on the dragons themselves.
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Biding Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Hmm…point taken.  Perhaps just on the flames that are at the back of the fire dragon?  Breaking some of them apart into bits while leaving other tongues intact?
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
Sounds like an idea :) I'll give this drawing a 'second round' with your suggestion in mind :)
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Biding Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
*Smiles.*  I look forward to it.
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is just too awesome for words. :heart::heart:~
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
lol :)
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:iconwildwonderworld:
WildWonderWorld Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist
This is a really AWESOME picture :)
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!!!!Love 
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
:)
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
;)
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:iconthe-skykian-archives:
The-Skykian-Archives Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, now this is something!
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
thankies:)
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Festo-lajhar Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist
AH *-* Congrats! Very, very, very, very, very, very, very nice! <3
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thankies!
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DarknessInferno15 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Holy... Wow, this is absolutely stellar! So beautiful! :D
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:iconfelisglacialis:
FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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ThorinFrostclaw Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh...well...holy...whoah...whatever... o_o

That looks AMAZING.
The "force" between these two dragons is really, really awesome! There's so much power behind it...!
And these effects are just aweome...the fire and the lightning...they just look so spiffy. ^^
Lastly, I also like the designs of these fellas! Both look so fierce... :D

...if my words don't make sense, I'm so sorry... XD The picture just kinda...shocked me? X>
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! Ha lightning must be 'shocking' hehe! I'm glad you liked the it:)
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ApalrieusCentauri Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
The fire dragon would win because fire melts ice lol.
Awesome work, I love the contrast between the ice and fire :D
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! Ha but the ice one uses lightning too. Lightning is hotter than fire. I like that mysterious contrast in white and blue - hot as lightning and cold as ice. Makes a nice combination in a dragon.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOAHHHHH, THIS LOOKS TRULY BREATHTAKING! :love: heart: :wow:
The lighting (and the lightning!) is astounding, and I love the sense of motion of the two dragons, plus the scale textures look great - I also love the more painterly look and the almost exaggerated tones and values - instead of looking cartoonish, it just adds to the intensity and vibrancy of the battle!

As for a critique - the only one I would have is that the lightning dragon's body looks just a tiny bit... "shapeless"... I'm not very good at describing things and I apologise if that sounded rude. It's just that those legs are hind legs, and the body looks the same thickness all the way along, but then it's not a long enough dragon to be serpentine, so the cylindrical body looks a bit odd to me, I might have expected more of a keeled chest too to support wing muscles, and also the body looks a little small compared to the head and neck but I think that's all down to perspective. ^^; Also the shoulders perhaps as well with the chest look a bit weak for the rather heavy-looking wings, but that's only a tiny thing and again might be explained by perspective.

So sorry if that sounded rude, but you were looking for a critique, though that's the only thing about it, everything else is downright mindblowing - ha, weird but I particularly looooove the fire in the bottom left corner. <3 Your skill with lighting and textures though cannot be faulted - you're by FAR one of the best artists I know, if not THE best, with lighting and textures. :worship: :worship: :worship:

And in case you're wondering, I'm backing the lightning dragon!

Besides, don't take my crit seriously anyway, since I don't know anything and from my own art I clearly know absolutely nothing about anatomy or how to balance proportions, nor can I draw dragons worth crap... vannjaren.deviantart.com/art/A…  vannjaren.deviantart.com/art/D… vannjaren.deviantart.com/art/N… (this guy was a colouring and style experiment for me too... I like a couple of things but dislike all the rest! Sorta failed a bit I think... so I want to draw another different abyssal mutant hell-dragon at some point in the future to try and improve... haha, download at your peril since I kinda gave up detailing it so the zoomed-in version looks so ugly and undetailed! :'D Also, that tiny thing between the front claws is a fortress of sorts... but it was more a sort of dark dragon deity as opposed to a "real" dragon... so I think dragon gods get to be giant without listening to physics. :'D)
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FelisGlacialis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   General Artist
Thanks a lot for your crit! It is actually really helpful and will correct the things you mentioned. I think you're right. I have flattened the shadings of the blue dragon a bit to create a depth effect, but I think a bit too much. Anyway now I will dive to bed instantly- I'm tired of working on my CV and job application today. Hope to have more art soon. And btw - the dragons you drew are not crap! If you take my full-size stuff it's a total mess- but I don't care so much about that. Only if I want to sell it as a poster I make sure the details look good enough.
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, and I'm glad it was helpful - and I'm also glad that you see it too, and I wasn't just being mean when I pointed it out. :XD:
Haha, good idea... hehe, I labelled over 46,000 cells today, so I'm only starting to get motivation to draw again now... will probably end up going to bed at 4am again, haha... my only time to draw at the moment, but at least it's something. :XD:
Urgh, working on CVs is horrible, we have to update ours every 6 months in my Uni course and we get marked on them and a stupid portfolio thing - I HATE portfolio and CV with a passion! :faint:

I look forward to seeing more breathtaking, amazing and generally PERFECT art from you soon then, haha. :lol:

Eh, I think they're a bit bad now that I look back on it... the design wasn't too bad, but the colouring... YIKES. :O_o: (some bits not too bad, but other bits make me cringe :no:)
I do want to draw more dragons though in future, maybe if I'm in the mood another time. ^^

I think your idea of a "mess" would probably still look better than my idea of "neat", I guess. :laughing:
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blood-red-kenn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
it may not be the Critique you were expecting, but this is bloody awesome :D
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