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Surveyor by Glaiceana Surveyor by Glaiceana
A dragon surveys his lands from a mountain ledge.

Not sure how long this drawing took me to complete, I worked on it over three days on and off. The interesting thing is that this is my first proper dragon drawing in quite a long time, maybe even a few years.

Used 3B mechanical pencil, 3B and 5B normal pencils on A4 sized paper.
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Firstly, your work with the background the dragon is standing on is well-defined. Looks like actual rocky-mountains. The mountains further out behind him, though, could use some of the same detail. Looks like you took your pencil and sketched them out, while doing some light shading.

I'm curious as to how you were so successful with the scales in this piece. They're accurate, except for maybe not really looking like they're "flexing" with his muscle structure. For example, the scales running along his wings, when they come to the corners of the wings, look somewhat like they're "plastered", and unable to move with the dragon's body. BUT, the scales running along his body have the opposite effect, looking very natural and smooth.

Anatomy is HARD with animals, especially dragons. It took me A LONNG time before I was able to understand anatomy of ANY creature. His arms and wing structure are really the only concerns I have. Arms look a bit thin on the backside of the one that's bent, and there's no "joint" in the wings, making them look stiffened.

But the detail you poured into this was fantastic all in all, but learning muscle structures in the arms and wings can make the piece look even MORE alive! :)
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Critique by Blood-Marked-Wolf Feb 27, 2013, 2:28:37 PM
The foreground mountain the dragon is standing on is well shaded. However, the mountains in the background could use the same detail. It looks slightly like the shading of them was rushed.

The scales on the dragon are very accurately drawn, although they look too tight for the muscle flexing with the structure. The body scales look like they are smooth and flexible, but on the wings they look too dense in the ends - almost as if the skin is too tight.

Animal anatomy is hard to get right, especially with mythical beings like dragons and griffins. I'm still learning on how to get the anatomy perfect for the mythical base creatures - it's hard mixing different animal anatomy types as it rarely works out right for me. The only problem I have with this is his wings have no joint. Dragons normally either have a joint in their wings to fold them in and protect them or have their wings as their forearms in true pterodactyl style.

All in all, the detail in this drawing is amazing. The shading looks fairly realistic on the dragon and brings him to life. The only issues for me is that you need to add more detail into the background mountains and add a joint to the wing. Doing this will bring it all together a lot more and bring it to life.
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Keko-Illustrations Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work!!!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   General Artist
Thank you!
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Paul2960 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The dragon is very detailed! :D
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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V-E-S-P-E-R-T-I-N-E Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Photographer

wow, this is superb, amazign work. the lackof eraser marks means it didnt take you 237863894755 tries ot get it right. i love it. id use this for a tat any day of the week lol

..BRAVO!

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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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TheJoeKramer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Shades and detail are amazing, did you go to an art school or are you just self taught?
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :) Drawing was originally self taught, but I have been to college studying art and design, and then recently graduated from Uni from a Game Art course, all of which improved my drawing further :)
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Komyeta Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY COW! man this is utterly with out precedent, amazing drawing skills!
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:iconglaiceana:
Glaiceana Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The wing material (membrane or "skinning") is really interesting presentation.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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PLucas50 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice pic!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner May 9, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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PLucas50 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome!
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Person3021 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Great detail!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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Person3021 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
You're welcome
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DraculeaRiccy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional
you did a really great job on the details! the scales look great. The details on the wings are a bit too much in my opinion though.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very nice style! Congratulations!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   General Artist
Thank you!
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RedJack-Nine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool image! Amazing details! Overall a very impressive drawing!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :)
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Lexi247 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
VERY good! Great anatomy work, and the scale details are perfect. The tail is the best part, and you gave the beast lovely horns.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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YoshizawaArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Excellent work. I really love this. The dragon looks ver detailed.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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DragonicShadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   General Artist
Thanks, and for fav :)
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DragonicShadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. ^^
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eumartleon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
absolutely impressive, love it!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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Everlasting90 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and stunning detail!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Superb and the details and shading and the nature around is perfect! :D
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great scaling work!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Thank you :D
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NobilisKrypton Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np
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TheRileyRose Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Wow..this is so awesome! Love dragons!
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   General Artist
Thanks :)
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CosmicVirus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This dragon is pretty neat, and nicely done with the lines..

However, it does kind of look *alot* like this piece which is owned by someone else: [link]
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Thanks. And yes that painting belongs to Ciruelo Cabral, but I did not use that as reference, although I do love his awesome works :)
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CosmicVirus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:la: I love that guy!!! I had a print from him, he autographed it for me and we took a photo together.

*fangirl sqeeeeeee*
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Nice, you're lucky :)
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CosmicVirus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
[link]

absolutely fucking terrible photo of ME but this is the photo I have with the guy =)
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   General Artist
Awesome :D
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kittyzero Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the sheet amount of detail in the dragon. The wings especially, they look like cracked leather or lava, which is very nice, this gives them the look of thick strong wings, not thin membranes. Honestly some detail to the sky is the only thing I would even criticize, the background works well to draw attention to the dragon and not the mountains. The scales are awesome btw, I love how many you drew and how they define some of the muscle lines.
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Glaiceana Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013   General Artist
Thanks for your comment :) I did hesitate with adding clouds etc to the sky, mainly because of losing the outline of the dragons head.
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