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The dam by User96 The dam by User96
A gift I made for a friend. I didn't know what to give him for his birthday, so I had the idea to make him a drawing. He likes fantasy stuff, so I had an excuse to draw a dragon.
It was the worst idea ever. This shit took me hours to complete. I had to spend every morning on this thing instead of studying or doing something funnier.

And I don't even like.
Seems like the dragon is taking a crap on the castle wall. The forest seems an army of green traffic cones. The city is like a bucket of lego blocks poured in the bottom of the valley. And what the hell is that giant dam?

But I kinda like how the mountains turned out.

Well, its not that terrible actually, is just that, considering how much time I spent on it, I thought that the result could have been better. This work showed me that is not a matter of how much time I put on a drawing. There is a limit I can't outmatch with time and patience, that is the limit of my skills. In other words, it just showed me how much I have to work to improve.
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ZarthialDragon Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Come ti ho già detto, questo è il mio preferito tra i tuoi disegni :D
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User96 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Sono contento che ti piaccia tanto. :D
Devo ammettere che ho faticato parecchio su questo disegno, soprattutto per colorarlo. Ci ho messo una'eternità. :iconasdplz:
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ZarthialDragon Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Ma la fatica ha dato un ottimo risultato :)
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User96 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Beh, meno male! :D
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JPGKnight Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What I say man, you do such great work! lol GahHH!! :icontrippyguywantplz: It's very good sir!!
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User96 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. :la: Because this drawing almost brought me on a nervous breakdown. I hate it. :iconohgodwhyplz:
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AntiEvangeline Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love your dragon! Don't be too hard on yourself, you have to make mistakes before you make something perfect right? In the first 20 years of drawing I just made crap after crap after crap, slowly it starts to become less crappy and hopefully in the future you will make something that's far less crappy then what you started with!
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. :D

Well, you're certainly right, errors are what allow us to improve. I have a still ot of practice to do to reach the level of skill I aim to reach.
But I'm doing my best to not be put down by failures, because this is the greatest danger for one who want to become better at something.
Thanks for having cheered up me. :D
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DragoelX99 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds of the opening scenes of the hobbit, tres bein. Das is sehr gut, mucho beino, well done
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Well, molte grazie. :iconasdplz:
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saim-kurom Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice damn.
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks. :D
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RamenScotch Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work! :)
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks, I'm very glad you like it :la:
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Toothless6reach Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Every single detail is actually mind blowing.
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks. :D I'm glad to hear that the details of this drawing have blown your mind, because the surely have blown away my patience. :iconpapmingplz:
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Toothless6reach Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student General Artist

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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
:iconbowplz:
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mcSini Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
This is awesome.. I can tell you put a lot of time into and detail onto the background. Love the shades. The dragon is also drawn very well! I'm sure your friend will love it. :D
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Well, yeah, this drawing drove me crazy with all the details I had to make. :iconasdplz:
Is better my friend will like it, considering how much effort I put on this thing. :iconminglalalaplz:
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AdnamaSilverstone Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever looked at a pine forest from above? LOL. I'd say the only thing it lacks is just a little randomness. As for the rest, your style is unique and peaceful in line, shading, and flow. It has decent contrast and is just pleasant to look at, with no confusion about what one is looking at anywhere in the piece. While the design of the dam seems a bit...ineffective with that waffly build (it'd have busted before the water was even halfway up unless magic is involved) it does LOOK cool as art. 

The dragon...details and shading are great. Pose...well, it just takes practice. I suggest doing a bunch of super-fast line sketches of body flow without ever adding flesh or form, to get a better feel of motion. Of course, that is actually a very accurate pose, his wings halfway up or down, capturing the moment of being basically still in the air before motion begins again...but it's not the best choice for that particular piece. I used to do it regularly. Just takes practice. 

Something tells me you are going to go far if you keep this up. :-)
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Well, I tried my best to add some randomness to the cone army forest, but there were so many trees I gave up. I have to admit that the dam is just ridiculous, it seems like a paper sheet that is desperately trying to stem thousand of tons of water. :iconasdplz:

About the dragon, I have to say that, originally, he was supposed to be on landing on a building. I changed the project but not the dragon. But yeah, I can't deny that poses are always been one of my major difficulties. Sometimes I do quick sketches to learn how to do poses, but meh, I guess I have a lot of more practice to do. :XD:

Anyway, I'm really glad you like it. :D I'm still trying to find my personal style, I hope I'm on the right way. Thanks a lot for the comment and expecially for the constructive criticism, it is the kind of feedback I always appreciate the most. :D
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goeliath Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE the concept for the castle city in the background. Though everyone would die if that dragon decided to go burn a hole in that dam...
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I think it would be a terrible idea even for the dragon's safety. :iconmingplz:
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goeliath Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah, its totally safe
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Only trying we can be sure.  Go dragon, have fun with it.
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Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I love this! I wish I had enough patience to detail things like this! It's absolutely amazing. :D
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad you like it so much. :la:
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Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so very welcome! :)
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
:D
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Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=P
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Kytex Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Shut up dude! It's perfect!
If I was you're friend, I would love this a lot!
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Really? :icondragonshy2plz:
Well, I sincerely hope he will appreciate it. :XD:
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Kytex Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Your* friend..oh I haven't noticed the mistake :(
And yes, I mean it! Good job! :D
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Oh, I didn't noticed it too. :D
Well, thanks, I'm glad to see that my work is so appreciated. :hug:
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Kytex Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
You're welcome :D
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TheTechnoDragon77 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
BEAUTIFUL! This is so amazing and detailed!
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User96 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad you like it. :D
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