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A Hope Within Shadows by XRosewaterX A Hope Within Shadows by XRosewaterX
I finally finished, or at least I think I did unless I see something else wrong with it. I still think it could have turned out better after 3 days of painting it, but I think it's all right. If not, please let me know anything that I could do to improve this piece.

Tools of Trade: Mechanical pencil, ball point pen, and Adobe Photoshop CS2.

No reference image was used.

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Well, I couldn't help but be blown away when I saw this piece hanging around my messages box, so I figured it deserved a critique (After all, it takes less time to write honest thoughts than it does to complete an epic piece.) So let's begin.

First of all; my goodness you've gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to drawing dragons (I kinda have a thing for them since I've got a necklace and ring). Everything from the powerful time-honoured wings to the incredibly long tail has been done really well. Allow me to break it down as I see it:

Vision: Your title "A Hope Within Shadows" brings to mind that no matter how bad life seems to get, there's always the belief that you'll be able to experience the "peak of existence", everything great about life. A great concept, though I do believe it could've been better executed.

The supposed "light" that acts as hope against the darkness just doesn't feel too obvious to me. Perhaps I'm not viewing the picture in the right way or something, but I feel it could've been done better. However, maybe that was the idea to begin with; hope should always be there, but never clear-cut. I especially enjoy your vision, and you've presented it exceptionally well, but I still feel it could've been given some extra punch. Four out of five here.

Originality: Essentially, you've drawn a dragon; a quick search on this site reveals more than three MILLION deviations related to that subject; where some could be worse, but definitely some could be better. I cannot flat-out call this original, in that respect.

However, the intricate designs placed on the dragon (suggesting it's a lot more than a simple beast), have certainly surprised me and for the better. The wings especially; it's as if you gave them a time-honoured design that suggests the dragon has been there, seen it all... had it all happen before.

Really taking the time to add those original, intricate designs scores highly from me. With everything taken into account, I'm more than happy to award you four stars for originality.

Technique: Arguably, your technique could be better. Only, I'm not the one who'll be arguing. Plain and simple, this piece, considering the mediums used, is flat-out incredible and very skilfully created. Again, perhaps the light could've been made more prominent, but I've already picked on that, and it's really a minor issue. I'm happy to award the full five stars here.

Impact: Ditto for the above. In more detail, although my life (personally) is pretty good, I can clearly understand and feel what you're communicating through this art. Nobody should feel like there's no hope left in the world, since that's one of the worst feelings you can experience.

Also, a piece like this will allow everyone to believe that life can truly be wonderful if you allow it to be. And of course, the sheer design skill and the background that emphasises your artwork just blows my mind to smithereens (I wonder who made that word up...) Full five stars from me.

All in all, you've done fantastically well and if this sort of thing is what I can expect from you in the near future... let's just say you might have a watcher on your hands. Congratulations, it's a worthy addition to DeviantArt! =)
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Silver-Wolf15 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome this is the first time I've seen one of your dragons without scales. It's so pretty!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and I wanted to try something different with that one :D
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Silver-Wolf15 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome.
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x-shadowed-dawn-x Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Writer
o3o I just love the colors. //so glad I happened to see this through your other pictures// It's just amazing! ; v ; And those wings are so beautiful. Just, great job. xD
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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x-shadowed-dawn-x Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Writer
You're welcome :)
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TheeDragonNight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Question. Does that symbol her/his cheek mean any thing?
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, it's just random :yum:
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TheeDragonNight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok. Thank you and your dragons are pretty.
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and thanks ^^
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