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SP2: Have You Ever Really Loved

... than you understand this quite well :)
Art Trade for Aishila with Therihar - showing their characters in love :] hope you will like the result (which come out even more like ilustration then colored sketch which I thought it's going to be :D) because I feel still quite satisfied with it :]

mood: Something between Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? (by Bryan Adams) and How Deep Is Your Love (by Bee Gees) - it sounds in my head all around :D

used: liners, color pencils (Jumbo for background, Polychromos for dragons), few touchs of watercolors and white gel pen for Aishila's stars
references: google images for "Aurora borealis" and then mixed few of them together - I wish to see this magic on my own eyes one day!
size: a bit cropped A5
time: week (but not continuously worked of course)

characters belong to their owners:
brown dragon to Therihar
black starred dragoness to Aishila

If you are interested in getting picture similar to this, visit please this journal:
  Cheap weekly sketchbook commissions - #7 - OPEN  
so... since I'm quite slow with drawing (no matter if we talk about sketching, linearting or colouring) and I want to get better and learn how to be a bit quicker I'm going to open special type of commissions :] Or maybe trades or gifts, it depends on your interest :]
What is it about and why
I want to make myself work more and finish something often (I like that feeling when you finish something :3) than one or two ACEOs in a month... So I was playing with "Iron Artist Challenge" a bit and this is my version: My goal is going to be one finished picture per week for one year. It's not that much killing time (some people set the limit to one finished picture every day o.o) but it's not month (like I'm used to more now).
And to really make me finish it on time - it's going to be cheap commissions. They would be nice income to cover my bills on shipping ACEO trades at least :) I've alr
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1/10 second
Focal Length
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Date Taken
Jan 10, 2015, 12:42:37 PM
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Mydragonsfly's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

Vision: Clearly something revolving around love. Two individuals under the wavering lights in the apparently pink snow happy for the others presence so that's an easy five.

Originality: The idea isn't original since this has been done many times, but the addition of the auras adds a nice touch. Does it surprise me, it doesn't look digital so yes. Gonna give this an extra 1.5!

Technique: I'd say this work was pretty well done given what was used to make it. The blending of colors is really impressive and the hair with accompanying flower looks surprisingly skillfully done (almost 'digitalish' when looking at it from critique viewer). Shoulders and chest of the female look like it has a bit of extra uncolored white on it but that can be somewhat overlooked.

Impact: Does it evoke strong emotion? Friendship is something I haven't felt in a good long while, at least irl type of friendship. Love, now that's all the stronger of an emotion and is communicated well through the image. Impact could be boosted half a star if this was a digital image, but it still looks striking in its present form so that nets a solid 4.

Notes: Not much on this I could change, the only thing I would worry about however is the males eye. Going from the forehead and top of snout to the side, it looks almost flat. Pretty good job! <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
Mydragonsfly's avatar
Well I never got around to answering this and it got buried under 2000+ notifications (see gallery) so.... yeah.

I suppose it would look better digital since it wouldn't have those little white specks scattered throughout. Yeah it does kinda look like snow, but you can tell by the straight lines and repetition that it's just the canvas surface showing.

Can't fault you for the choice you made though, that's just something that comes along with it I guess.
Samantha-dragon's avatar
I'm sorry for quite slow reply, I was very busy with school exams.

It's nice to hear you like the result that much and you pointed out many details you like :aww: Thank you for all kind words!
May I only ask why the picture should be digital? It's true that making light effect like this would be much easier at digital than with colored pencils but... that it is! :D 
dust-in-the-universe's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

i like it but is the one on the far side a spots to be looking at her if so then the eye is a bit off but other than that its great! ^_^ i like the way you did the back ground will all the lights and the way they go together! your technique nice and neat. the one on this side, her wing looks like its bent in the wrong way but i can realy tell for shear so i wont say much more about it. but for the most part it look nice and neat all around!!!
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If you mean the brown dragon - he was meant more to look at the viewer than on his dragoness. It should be something like he is saying "she's mine!" without a word, just with intensive look. Maybe... I'm a bit off but it's difficult to say about snake-shaped eye ^^; 
Her wing is bent just along my own arms - I found this pose of arms is probably the only one a bit comfort - but who knows how dragon's wing-arms works? :D

Thank you for that much starred critique! :D
dimonx1's avatar
So prettyLove 
Isaac-391's avatar
This looks very good.
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Isaac-391's avatar
Well your very welcome
PixieBMTH's avatar
Beautiful! ♥
PixieBMTH's avatar
you are welcome! ♥
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Anbeads's avatar
To je tak hezké, ty barvy, atmosféra a ta polární záře :)
Samantha-dragon's avatar
mockrát děkuju za pochvalu, jsem ráda, že se líbí :aww:
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banana-cat190's avatar
So beautiful! Green Dragon :D :D 
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