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October 22, 2013
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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 )
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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DragonBot117 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking amazing! 
Zenie250 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Artist
Very dark i love it>:P
ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student General Artist
So many beautiful textures in this!!
LoneCarbineer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
JUST 25 HOURS?!!?!

Luthilius Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Nice! :)
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Looks awesome :D
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 
VWolfdog Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Gahhhhh... my mind is blown; this is pure awesomeness!
scaryren Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
WHAT !!!!!!!!!!! amazing
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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