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This is a very well done piece. The detail of the character, the "creature", and even the foreground, is impressive. The lines are well done, & I love the light & shadows, very good work there. Very consistent with the angle of the light and the shadows being cast. I even love the way you made the background almost unperceivable and gloomy, just as the wall of a cave would appear if you were to be looking through a shaft of bright light from above. Not sure where that scaled tail behind her is coming from, though.
As I said before, I love the detail of it all, but a few things seem off to me.
I love the detail of her hair, and most of it looks right, but the way it is falling/laying on her arm doesn't seem right. I love the way it looks, but unless it is clinging to her, it seems it should be further down her arm, not almost up to her shoulder. That part of it would likely be falling straight down, just over her elbow.
At first, the shadows on her thighs & knees seemed off, then I noticed that it is actually both legs, and you are (rather nicely) showing a 'perceived' space between, it simply was not obvious at first. I still think it looks a bit wrong, but lighting like that is difficult at best, & it can play tricks on the eyes.
The line of saliva from the creatures mouth does not seem to fall where it should, based on the position of its' shadow, the direction her head & eyes are looking (straight), even her hand, all seem to suggest the creature is directly in front of her. The saliva seems to be falling on her right knee, just barely on the side, behind the joint. It just looks a little off to me.
Last bit (sorry, I know it's long), her expression. I do like her face, it's very expressive, but I'm not sure it matches her body language. I'm not sure what you were trying to show from her, but she looks more terrified & confused than anything. Then the rest of her, especially her arm, seems to convey a sense of wonder, amazement, and awe, even longing. If you wanted her to look conflicted, it worked wonderfully, but it seems a bit ... backwards to me. It looks like her body is telling her "this is awesome!", while her mind is telling her "flee, you fool!". To me, the instincts would seem more natural if they were reversed.
As I said, though, it is a beautifully done piece of art, and easily evokes thought, emotion, and wonder, even a bit of dread. Over all, very well done.
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Kodai-Rekishiya Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
A masterpiece really!
I will not discuss technical aspects, my competences are nil regarding digital art. However, the idea of the light coming from above, through an oculus maybe, light blue on the girl, dark brown on the creature is great. I sense no fear in the girl, no agressivity in the creature. I sense more some sort of complicity, like between beings knowing well each other, for some time already. Someone (the creature) asking something, the other (the girl) answering no, in a gentle way. I imagine what happens next: the girl hugging the creature, maybe a kiss, saying "dont be sad, dont pout, will be back soon", then flying away, and the creature retiring in its cave, sighing.
Anyway, a piece of Art (with a capital A).

sandcastler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
Sexy petite physique!!
Letitbelong Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
She tries to hold a monster back, with fragility and beauty, and I think she is afraid. But he listens to her. I think he will not hurt her. Something that seems to be difficult in reality but possible in imagination and spirit. That's my interpretation, a reflection how I perceive the world.
mvalS94 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a masterpiece!!
UnbridledMuse Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is awesome! :la:
spartiAtes Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done!!!
This is perfection!!
TwistedRootIV Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
Oh...THIS! This is one of my favorite pieces EVER! I wish I were that monster...I would treat her so well.
Galinas-Claim Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
COOL!  This is one of the first images I remember seeing when I discovered this site.
beautyliesintheeye Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
Ah... would have loved to write a critique on this! :-)
Such a great piece of art.
I'll give you a short version, though it indeed deserves a long one as has rightfully been done given the exquisite result you've offered us.
I would have gone completely opposite the comments I've read. And what you have written in your answer to the critique.
To me this is no stale mate. True, that impression comes off at first. But then, one wonders as to the true meaning of the title "one more time"...
Her back isn't bent enough to convey resignation. No groveling here. She isn't mesmerized either. Her body isn't slack or tensed. Paused.
It doesn't express fear either, or it would be more tensed and upright. She has obviously quite enough height available to meet the dragon's gaze but chooses instead to bend slightly, with confidence. Her stance is that of one addressing an issue. A difficult one maybe, but a manageable one.
Her wings are folded, but not placated or flat. They do not express anything but simplicity of stance.
What do we have opposing or amending that: her hand and arms, her gaze, the speech she obviously delivers and of course the setting, the title and the dragon, or more appropriately the drooling beast.
But most of these are at best purely interpretative. No real information available here, save neutral ones.
Let's take a random look.
The setting is stark and contrasted. But what do you expect from a cave and a shaft of light? Neutral.
Secondary interests, namely the butterflies, are neutral at best or positive. They do not seem otherwise affected by any of this, and what's more their sheer presence is rather a testimony to the peacefulness of the setting if anything else. Neutral.
The Girl. Unfathomable. Take a look at her without the setting or her Nemesis. What do you see? And she's totally unscathed. No past action in this picture. The only troubling aspect of her posture is her left arm which is strangely invisible.
Three possibilities: it's hurt (it doesn't bleed, but may be broken yet she doesn't display any expression of pain) and she nurses it; she is shielding her breasts (but if so in a purely academic way since nothing in the picture qualifies sexually and the beast looks her in the eye); or she holds it in a defensive posture (crossing her breast instead of covering it, and a close examination accredits this in my opinion, but is her hand on her heart?). I hold the last hypothesis for relevant. Neutral mostly, but the keystone. Everything hinges on it and we have no real clue but a nagging feeling that something may be amiss or that at least we're missing something.
So we obviously look closer at The beast. Yes it drools and looks beastly and impressive, but that's the essence of its character. Nothing to see here. The capital feature is where and how it looks. It is intent and listening to what is said and to who talks to it. What could be said? Think about it. What could be said that had any interest (and it obviously does) for a creature that could easily swallow whole its prey if that's what the Girl (yes I know it's not a girl proper) is AND knowing that it cannot talk itself which seems obvious from the long tong lolling out.
The scene changes completely at that point. So much so, that one is inclined to look for additional clues.
The skull. Yes. But what the Hell is it doing there? It's obviously an add on. The classical stance would be to have a claw on it, but the one we see rests well above and behind. This also alters the perception of the scene and the Beast. Why would it bend itself in such a convoluted way to address (or listen more appropriately) to a prey?
So we go back to a perception of stance and discourse, partaking even. This is so true, it is probably why you had to add the skull (I'm well aware my commentating neck is sticking way out waiting for the blow lol), as if you knew all the plotting wasn't enough of a giveaway. In a sense, it's almost as if having succeeded so well preserving the suspense, you had to tip your hand extra to make sure we didn't miss the obvious conclusion.
But as for most exceptional works, yours has escaped its creator and taken a life of itself. Independent of your own volition.
Being the positive and sensitive one, I immediately though this was a plea:
"One more time!"
"Please let's play one more round before I'm off"...
"I know you're exhausted (stop drooling on my knee like that) but you're so big and strong... please..." ;-)
Oops! Just looked back and realized I let the keys fly on the board... well. Wasn't a short version after all! ;-)
stahlber Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
wow, thanks!  what an in-depth analysis, deeper than I myself ever went...  I guess I pretty much went 50/50 with thinking and instinct on this one...  the butterfly is partly a compositional device, and also a symbol of escape/freedom, that may be denied her...  the drool mostly a trick to connect the protagonist and antagonist closer to each other...  the claws not resting on the skull, frankly I never thought of it, not consciously, probably felt the skull would have been instantly crushed by what looks like roughly half the weight of the monster.  :)
Of course the skull should have been crushed, but that's why it wouldn't be art! lol No decent artist would crush a good skull to no good effect! Hahahahaha! Just kidding, but in all good fantasy the receiver of the charmed tale expects leger de main from the artist. Alas, I'm not an artist, at least not in your kind of expression. The only thing I do that would be remotely connected is storytelling, as in telling bedtime stories I create as per precise instructions given me by my 3 little girls! A treat and a feat if you can believe it. Anyway, even for such trivial undertakings, I can fully feel the unspoken expectations when they arise.
Anyway, what guided my lazy boots this way again (aside from the obvious visual pleasure of your creation) is the piece which struck me as a perfect example of some of the points we discussed, and most probably a testimony to the independent life an artwork gets to have included offsprings... ;-)…
mr-machina Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of my all time favorites. So much of your work is so memorable.
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prudence13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
This image is TOTALLY AMAZING! :) Please disregard that critique from that prior Deviant..they clearly don't know perfection when they see it!
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Ehliasys Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Digital Artist
he - I know this since I joined CGSociety many years ago.
It's one of my all times favorite images; brilliant in composition, scope of interpretation and impact.
the sense of suspense between delicateness and vulnerability on the one side and brute strength, menace and force on the other is just spot on.   
LovelyLiar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO beautiful.... :heart: her face.. And her wins.. The fragility is just gorgeous. And the creatures face approaching her... I just wish I knew how to describe things better... 

Just! Ugh so beautiful! :heart:
SapanVasava Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome Man...!!!
AQart2 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow I remember this piece from a long time ago. The details of the original I liked more but this is very nice :)
DoctorOverlord Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Wonderful piece of art.  Like others I remember seeing this piece a while ago, it's nice to see it again here on DA.
hayley135 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. A long long time ago I saw this and tried to draw it - I didn't put it up anywhere, as I said I was quite young - amazing seeing that it's here and where it actually comes from. Amazing work.
stahlber Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you  :) 
hayley135 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LapinDeFer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Remember having seen this long ago.
Thanks to LM. Art I now see it here. :)
mrhungry56 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I was pointed here by LmAnt's Journal entry, and am thankful for that. I can see why this picture would be an inspiration to learn how to create 3D art; it's incredibly good! It seems like a simple drawing, but the more you look the more you see. Great detail.
DarkFang42 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2015
Beautiful piece, love it. 
LmAnt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I know this picture since years and it still doesn't fail to amaze me.
stahlber Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much
LmAnt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
the pleasure is all mine :)
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