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Draconian War Mage by Zasalamell Draconian War Mage by Zasalamell
Commissioned image. Been painting a lot of dragons lately. This was a fun piece to work on. Figuring out the lighting nearly killed me. haha

Total time spent was roughly 25 hours.
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Given 2014-04-11
Draconian War Mage by Zasalamell displays a beautiful contrast between light and dark while staying true to the magical feel of the piece. ( Featured by mamiffer )
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I cannot hold a fork to your skill but I feel I must write a critique of your execution. Ultimately the forefront of the image is the Draconian Mage no doubt enchanting his sword which to put it as bluntly as possible: IS EFFING AMAZING! My single personal issue with this image is the the harsh contrast between the character and the background. The right side of the image shows a very smooth transition from harsh, realistic detail to broad sweeping brushstrokes showcasing the background. This is easy on the eyes and flows very well. I know what you want me to look at and the illusion of focus works.

On the other hand the left side of the image appears more like a green screen effect rather than a piece of the overall scene. It transitions nicely from the right side of the background to the left but not back towards the foreground. Furthermore it appears notably less detailed than anything else on that side of the image and contrasts harshly. Rather than simulating depth of field it just comes off as slightly detached. Taken at face value the image looks very good but in my personal opinion sharpening up the left most portion of the background, closest to the viewer, and the front of the desk or reverse detailing the sword arm into the background would put this image higher than it already is in my top favourite dragon pics.

All in all, some asymmetric transition from foreground to background issues are all that really sticks out and the image as a whole is no doubt a very dear labour of love.
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wow dude thats totaly epic i dont know what else to say but ill try my best
i liked how you did the back round and all but the dragon is my favorite part or is that a dragon, i liked how you did the scales of the beast it looks so cool the sword is epic. i see that the dragon is giving the sword power right? i mean the sword is so shiny. and in the back round hes in a house am i correct? i also like the armor its shiny to looks like metal or titanium ethier oneone its so awesome you did a very nice job :D
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:iconladyofazzaroth:
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super Amazing :heart:
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:icondragonbot117:
DragonBot117 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking amazing! 
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:iconzenie250:
Zenie250 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Artist
Very dark i love it>:P
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:iconshinyaquablueribbon:
ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student General Artist
So many beautiful textures in this!!
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:iconlonecarbineer:
LoneCarbineer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
JUST 25 HOURS?!!?!

:clap::iconclapplz::iconclappingplz:
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:iconluthilius:
Luthilius Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Nice! :)
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:icontoadjacara:
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Looks awesome :D
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:iconloki-loo:
Loki-Loo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG! That is so amazing! Just...WOW. I can not even begin to imagine drawing something so good. Nice work! I worship your digital art skills.La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. Clap 
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:iconvwolfdog:
VWolfdog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Gahhhhh... my mind is blown; this is pure awesomeness!
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:iconscaryren:
scaryren Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
WHAT !!!!!!!!!!! amazing
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:iconsumi--chan:
Sumi--Chan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Draconian?...Pardon me if my assumption is wrong but it this related to Oblivion/Skyrim's argonians? c:
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:icontoxic-moon-dragon:
Toxic-Moon-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!
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:iconmewr-mewr:
Mewr-Mewr Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
OOOOOH MAN! That's just awesome!
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:icondelta7xx:
delta7Xx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
EPIC!!
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:iconopinionsprofile:
OpinionsProfile Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
D&D or Dragonlance?
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:iconcanadian-rainwater:
Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely amazing and stunning work! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconibeastymo1:
ibeastymo1 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to see him holding the sword in a heroic pose yelling out, "ATTACK!'  (btw looks incredibly stunning.)
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:iconilleh-monster12:
Illeh-Monster12 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh damn the amazing /O^O/
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:iconryukigraydragon:
RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
This is amazing!
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:iconlaughbutts:
LaughButts Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If this was Skyrim, that would be a house he broke into it. GOGOGO
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:iconjoshua-martin:
joshua-mARTin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
REally cool!
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:iconalwaysforeverhailey:
AlwaysForeverHailey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow this looks so amazing. I love the lightening going into the sword. Just wow.
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:icondragynn275:
Dragynn275 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp, looks like I found a great repository for D&D character ideas. Great textures by the way, I particularly love the armor!
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:icondragonatodd:
DragonaTodd Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student
a awesome work =)

I love the light and scales O.=.O
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:iconsaranaji:
SARANAJi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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:iconjunie-d:
Junie-D Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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:icondragon-paragon:
Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Fucking AWESOME. This here is exactly why I can't stop playing DnD. Congratulations on depicting the world's collective fantasy boner!
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:icondarksoundwave:
darkSoundWave Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
argonian enchanting sword.
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:iconpleisarpup:
PleisarPup Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Love the concept! And very cool lighting technique! 
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:icongoldsutyoutube:
goldsutyoutube Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
umm.. wow!
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:iconariskrist-nl:
ArisKrist-NL Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Wow, that looks just amazing! :D
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Steph-DArk13 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
that so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!XD :excited: 
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Pka Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Interface Designer
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:icongabrielguyer:
GabrielGuyer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
YES! :D KILLER work! :highfive:
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:iconkikioh-san:
Kikioh-San Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh my god! This is just... Wow!
I'm just wordless Sweating a little... But very, very marvelous work!
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:iconramwoc87:
RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work you did! XP
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:iconcodfanz:
CODFANZ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
It's like some other fantasy rpg game
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! Congrats on the DD
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:iconeskoplja:
Eskoplja Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Great work, congrats on DD :clap:
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:iconrobson666:
robson666 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation
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:iconfantasywench:
FantasyWench Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!
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:icondisturbeddragon2000:
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014   Artist
AMAZING!!!!
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:iconj-santamariacarpio:
J-SantamariaCarpio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
love it
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:icontamashinohana:
TamashiNoHana Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Epic! Clap 
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:iconlonewolf100:
lonewolf100 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
amazing job congrats on the dd
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:iconfarael-hikari:
Farael-Hikari Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
I'd have Dailies like that every day! :heart:
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:iconvenof-unis-jinanx:
Venof-Unis-Jinanx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist
This is neat, love 'em dragons 
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:icongamewizard-2008:
gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"By the powers of chaoticness... I imbue the power of lightning in my sword."
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ShaneProcrastinates Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Woooooooooooaaaaahhhhh!

Holy banana plant, that's amazing!

Everything looks so lifelike! At first I thought it was a 3-d program O_O

I love the details of the scales and the attention to where the light source is hitting the armour, and the book :D

A very well deserved DD, keep up the great work and have a fantastic day!
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