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fire eater by akreon fire eater by akreon
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art © *akreon
character © *Vertaki
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the colors in this peice complement each other very well. the glowing blue eye adds a bit of contrast needed to bring balence to the art work.
one thing i want to bring up is the wing muscles look a little scrawny, almost like a small bird's wing. The feathered wings seem a little out of place for the background, that's not nessasarly a bad thing though, but it seems like the dragon doesn't realy belong around a valcano. also something else about the feathers, the ones on around it's neck and on the shoulders and chest make it look "fluffy" i guess you could say.
over all i love this picture. you have great technique, your art is amazing and i hope with this critique it will help you grow as an artist.
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As you well know art is broken down into the simple basics of line, shape, space, texture, form, and value. I think in this piece you have nailed them all.

I have long adored your use, and often time, lack there of with blatent and bold linings. There is the distinct line that you can follow from the tip of the dragons nose down through the body that extends into the tail, and then actually continues as a line that your eye follows back into the stream of lava. I think this is a marvelous way of having the eye continue back into the piece. It does lead your eye up to the top of the mountain and then across with the light flames that are coming off of the mountain, to continue around to the top of the dragons head.
There is also the lines in the shape of the wing placement and how they keep your eye focused around the characters head.

The main other thing that I simply adore about most of your art is the use of Value. For whatever reason, I seem to be petrified about using true value at its extremes. You have both bright whites, as seen in the lava, and blacks, as seen in the darker areas of the piece. This is something that I struggle to work with daily, and I see you use, daily. It gives great contrast to the piece and allows it to look more real. I personally appreciate the use of lighting along the wing that is in the main portion of the piece and how on the underside of that wing, the light appears.

The ONLY reason that I did not give Originality a full five stars was the cliche *but rather lovely, and I've done it myself* dragon, mountain, lava scene. It's been done time and time again, in all sorts of ways. It simply isn't something in my opinion that CAN be original. I did give you four for the layout, and having the character slightly off screen, and looking back INTO the piece rather than addressing the viewer as it begs the question of what hes looking off at or where his mind is taking him.

Look forward as always to seeing more of your work!
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Fanw Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
wow really amazing!
Callisata1579 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. I s really awesome.^_^
SavageTrust Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
OOOO wow, very nice, good detail and color blending's~!
aweldeng Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
wow so beautiful!!!
4evermonicris Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
it's amazing :love:
oozsinfered Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Writer
Congratulations! :party: Your piece has received an LDD! [link] :clap: Thank you so much for making such a beautiful piece!
Saberrex Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now that's a magnificent dragon.
ayoka-chan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
... just awesome... I don't know what to say...
the lava in the bottom right corner is looking great^^ and the dragon does too.
PotionMasterCernun Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
way cool! I will look forward to more of your art! ^^
mrbeavis19 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn...that's sick
Lucario7727198 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist The detail!
ciscobuddy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Beautifully done.
bagelkel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Your work fascinates me.
bagelkel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This is so amazing. Love it!!!!
WerewTerrefGrin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Simply stunning! The anatomy and scene is perfect. I love the fumes--They really look like they're flowing up and out!
Onyx-Starchild Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Stop inspiring me! I have homework to do! :shakefish:
PureSoulsForever Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Souruuriin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
this is soo awesome OAO
ultimatede Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
that's such an interesting idea, the dragon eating the lava. very cool
Ashealath Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I love the effect of the lava. Truly incredible peice of work. :D
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how clear this whole piece looks! The dragon, and the background look amazing! :clap:
Chotara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Podziwiam Cię za te przecudowne tła. Sam smok również wyszedł świetnie, uwielbiam jego skrzydła i pysk :D
Gaaras-my-Hubbie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that's beyond amazing
Allayna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Love the colors, love the idea that the dragon is drinking lava like another creature would drink water. Disappointed that his underside is so dark... I know it's a dark, cloudy scene, but I want to SEE more of him! It's like some parts of him are detailed so much, but the underside of the wings is just a red to black fade. Also the structure and arch of the wings is a bit bland
MonsterBabies Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Your background is stunning and all your details are just amazing. The only thing I would say is that his wings look... restrained. Capture the feelings of the background and the dragon into the wings and I think you'll have a great piece :) (sorry i'm only an average member so it had to be in a comment lol)
DaisyDotz96 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Photographer
freaking EPIC WIN ^^
drumming-rain-song Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wolfhawk756 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
THIS. is amazing. just sayin'
talliesynn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Are you being spammed with art trade requests now?
Cause like ... I would love to do an art trade with you.
heart-of-oyster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Student General Artist
whoa- awsome use of shading in there.
Southpauz Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy S---*pees self*
tursiops33 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Looks beautiful!
PHantomDragon-56 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011   General Artist
I would say that it is fantastic, exquisite, and impressive, but do you really need me to tell you that?
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Delicious. ;)
That tail is awesome! Also, really enjoying the scaley wing hands.
Syrinssong Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Beautiful coloring and visual interest.
TakaHawk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
IT's impressionant !!!
For favorites riht now *-*
Kickgirl52 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
This. Is. AMAZING! =D
UnusualSpectra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh man, I love this :) The touch of purple around the dragon's gorgeous eye, the lava dripping from his mouth, and those claws... It's all really beautiful.
Dekuinthelake Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
It's always fun to know that even good artists can improve. You've gotten a lot better in the past year I've watched you (I think it's a year...) Now the importent step is to not get worse lol =_= I have problems with that.
MistingWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
melusine77 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Wonderful, <3
SilentAddiction23 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. Stunning look for a dragon :) Well done my friend.
Reidoom Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done I love it
sotee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
This. is. Stunning.
Lycandra Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very impressive *0* Your background is amazing ;A; I like the colors so much, you made a stunning work !
LigthSasuItaUS Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful dragon! Love the colours and everything! :D Ur a great artist :)
MissDudette Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Such cool detailing!
Marxo97 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
very nice. ^_^ i love it :popcorn:
mugenfuu22 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow how do u get it to look so real?!
Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Just wow...the contrast is simply splended! I love the composition of the piece. My only pointer would be the wing in the forground.
The way the forearm is positioned makes it look like the wrist is brocken. The forearm is straight but the wrist is at an angle.
I love this picture though! Wonderful artwork!
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