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Reef Dragon

By mmishee
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This is a $40 commission for :iconobituarydevil:, who was awesome enough to let me be creative with it 8) He asked "draw a dragon in a complex background". So here is the result of that.

Its design is based on a coral reef and the fish you'd find in it. I was inspired by the colourful patterns of reef fish, and gave it coral horns X3 Dont have a name for it, other than reef dragon. it's face is slightly scaley, but the rest of it's body is smooth like a dolphin. Also it went fishing 8B I think this is the first time i've ever drawn blood.

I spent way too much time on this ^^; but i really wanted to make sure I got everything right, or as good as i can get it. I probably should have charged more for something like this, but since it'll be portfolio work as well It's worth the time and effort. 8)

A lot of this was new to me, I do have to try more things like this. Critiques are appreciated! Particularly on shadows and lighting, i need to improve with that 8)

Hope you enjoy viewing this ^_^ as much as i had fun making it!
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Manice008's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

<img src="…" width="19" height="19" alt=":la:" title="La la la la"/> i can critque again ok so lets take a look <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

the first thing that caught my eye was the dragon up front (duh xD) but you did great! im no expert in dragons so i dont rly know what to say about proportions but everything seems to be correct ^^. very nice shades of blue and white on the dragons as well <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/> (he has a night furry's tail <img class="avatar" src="…" alt=":iconepiclaplz:" title="epiclaplz"/>)

not to bad on the blood. fishies dont give off too much so i think thats a good amout for claws holding a fish ^^ i would sugest making it more red though, blood is a deep red and not so much orange ^_^

i really love how you did the water! how it is washing up on the beach is very wonderful. you made it transparent to see the sand like real water! that really looks good <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" title=":) (Smile)"/>

speeking on the enviorment the sky and background looks great, Bob Ross would be very proud <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":laughing:" title="Laughing"/>

overall a great peace. high marks <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> 5star technique because of the difficulty and complex-ness of the picture ^^

i just looked back at the picture and idk if you put this in as an easter egg but the rock that the other dragon is sitting on is almost shaped like one of them <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
mmishee's avatar
Thank you for the critique! X3

I think i had a bit of trouble with perspective here, to me it might look a bit wacky. XD something i havent had much experience with so i have to improve on that.

gasp i must draw more night furyness D8 its just too awesome! X3

Yeah as i said, not too familiar with the blood drawing XD but yeah it needs to be deeper red. I was a tad worried i did too much blood cause yeah fish dont appear to bleed that much.

Thanks so much though X3 Glad to hear some good feedback.

OMG it does too! XD :lmao: that was totally unintentional!
Manice008's avatar
you are very welcome :)

perspective? how did u mess up on perspective :?

D: go eless fly fly!! fly with da night furies :la:

well u did good on the blood. just a bit bright xD

you are very welcome ^^

its a sign!!! D:
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i think the ocean, theres just something about it 8B or maybe its just me.

I will! 8D *puts on costume and jumps off the roof*

Maybe fish blood is bright? 8D ... no? ... D8

Manice008's avatar
i think its yo. if you think the curvature is wrong i would say its not cause it looks like rolling waves :)

D: eless u cant fly that way!!!

xDDD idk i dont fish a lot, but what ive seen fish blood is kinda diluted, but thats probably cause they r wet

its coral dragon island!!!!! :dummy:
mmishee's avatar
okay |D

*dies a splatty death*

ah true dat |D

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D: *gives 1up mushroom* :dummy: she lives!!!

i named the island :icondummylaplz:
mmishee's avatar
Yay! 8D *runs into a goomba and dies*

You sure did 8D coral dragon island it is
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gardenbirds's avatar
I love the coral horns!
CloverFlowers's avatar
Always loved this piece. So thought provoking~
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Thank you very much : )
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You're very welcome. c:
Jobe3DO's avatar
You did a great job, it looks so good!_!
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You're welcome!_x
Nupho's avatar
This is really beautiful!
Poor fish :p
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anime-rulezzz's avatar
Wow! I absolutely love this! It's so detailed, I love everything from the clouds to the water to the dragons!
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Thank you! ^_^
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The detail is amazing, nice job!
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Holy mother of awesomeness! This is... AWESOME!! :iconwowplz:
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