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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.

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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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ShadowDreamAnimation Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw this image at first I thought it looked like Suicune from Pokemon, but that was becuase I only saw a preview of the image itself. But now I look at it and am aw inspired at such wonder and beauty you put into this work, you are a wonderful artist and the Divine Spirit has blessed you with a wonderful muse. Hope things are going well for you dear! 

XOXOXO 
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mysterysneeze Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Those are some very cool and unique dragon wings. I like the colors too! :D
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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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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love the design ^^ So surreal~
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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GaiaWolfess Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful colour work ^^
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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AnimalAmelia16 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's PURPLE!! Purple is so Nice!!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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AnimalAmelia16 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Beautiful! I like the detail on the wings and the glow of the stone on hanging from the wrist. Very well done!
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KennieKongLee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Majestic!
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SilverwingtheFury Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is just beautiful my friend! XD I love dragons! XD Good work on this dragon! XD
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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LovedAngelxX Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colours ♥
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AesirMaster Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love the iridescence on the wings
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Dragon-Factor Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the colors and the jewelry :)
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KristinWard Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Just amazing. Love the colors and your dragon is just breath taking.
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GamingArtist-521 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wicked!!!
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archangel2107 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Pretty, love the nocturnal colors
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shawn-bon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Love the blending of colors but the face could be more expresive
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice job with the painting!
The colors blend very well while everything still pops out. The details are just amazing!!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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manaista Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very much welcome :D
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He/She? Is very beautiful very well done
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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The-Last-Dragon-Kni Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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covert15 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
THIS IS SO COOL!!! Amazingly done!!! INCREDIBLE!!!
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theendofmyworld Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
absolutely beautiful
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LaMissMoxie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job on the colors! It looks so elegant!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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drgnsmile Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so awesome!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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drgnsmile Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're welcome! :D
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yb6104 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thats epic :D
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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yb6104 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome
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skyworthy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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victortky Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
wow, such smooth colours and love the posture of the dragon, nice details on the face, wings and posture!
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XRosewaterX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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