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Gwyddeon by Kat-Nicholson Gwyddeon by Kat-Nicholson
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Another commission for the lovely Torsten, this time of his "Exalted-Style" character, Gwyddeon, and his black sabre-toothed tiger, Kahn. Looks like the lil' guy's powering up here, I'm guessing he's just about ready to kick some serious booty!! :D

This might have taken a while, but it was a lot of fun to work on, an a good challenge actually... I almost wish I could make a living off doing just commissions like this.. every one is like another mini-adventure, and I'm pleased with how this turned out. :)

All done digitally, in photoshop and flash, in a number of days (I've lost count!) spread accross a fair few weeks. :)
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Yusecki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
This picture reminds me of a story I had when I was a kid. I used to pretend that I had an inner dragon and that I could feel it looking after me when I was being picked on. I was a sad kid :P
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
that's awesome... that's not sad.. that's how kids cope with stuff! :) plus, it would be awesome :D
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Dragonianfire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
OMG WOW AGAIN!!!

You're amazing! :D

Ok after this you're definately getting a watch, just don't let me down, i know you won't :icongrin--plz:
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
LOL oh ok then! I was planning on giving up and just posting deviations drawn with my left hand and coloured with wax crayon for the rest of my days... but since you asked so nicely I'll keep trying my best just for you ;) :)

I'm glad you like my pretties, thanks for the lovely comments, it's really appreciated :) :hug:
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Dragonianfire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Hahaha, that's good, i saved the art XD jkz!

You're very welcome, and i'm glad you actaully give good replies too :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hey, good comments warrant them!! It seems don't get many thoughtful comments these days... plenty "cool"s and "nice work!"s ...but alas I guess a lot of people are just too busy these days, and most just fav and run! LOL .... still, I'm not complaining.. I'm probably just as bad as they are, truth be told ;)
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Dragonianfire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Hahaha, well i try to make an effort to leave good comments, and i try not to bullshit either, if i think you could have done something better i'll let you know ;) And just hope people don't get annoyed for speaking my mind.

I don't think i'll be doing it much on your stuff though! :iconimhappyplz:
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Lol! That's what I like to hear! An' don't worry about other people... - DA could do with a little more "constructive criticism" and lessons in how to take it as far as I'm concerned ;)
I've just added you to my watch list, cos you seem cool. :) - I won't always comment on your stuff (cos I watch over 400 people!) but if there's every a piece or part of a picture I can help you out with give me a shout and I'll take a look and do the same for you. - so long as it's not too often, of course! ;) :)
I also have a huge selection of great books that have helped me learn to draw, so if you ever need tips on what titles to look out for to help with certain things give me a shout and I'll gladly recommend some to you. :)
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Dragonianfire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Oh sweet! thankyou :D

And yeah, 400 people is quite a lot XD how the heck do you get through your devwatch!? XD

When i draw, i hate using construction lines, i'm sure most of those books tell you to do so.

What i need the most help with at the moment, is drawing fire, i've been trying today and it sucks so much T_T

Anyway, thankyou again :D
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Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
well I don't look at everything, obviously... plus there are groups of people who're only on there for reference purposes (like a lot of photographers) that I'll go and look at when I want to see something, instead of looking at every picture that comes in... but I AM on DA far more than I should be! ;)

Most drawing books will recommend using construction lines yes, since they're some of the most fundamental building blocks of drawing and really very useful if you can find a method of deconstruction that suits your art style (there is more than one, after all!) One of the best and most insightful artbooks I've read though doesn't mention them - Betty Edwards wrote a book called "Drawing on the Right side of the brain" which is probably the singular most useful book I could recommend to any artist, it teaches how to access the shape-recognition part of the brain and quieten the mind-chatter which causes us to make mistakes, it's not quite a simple-step-by-step but it's still reasonably easy to follow and has exercises to do throughout.. invaluable for anyone looking to gain a new insight into their artistic practice. :) more info and examples of students work on the website; [link]

Re: drawing fire... hmm.. not sure I can be a huge help there! It's not an easy one and I have no immediate tips in mind other than look at pictures (photos) of fire, and how other artists draw it too. It's all about getting motion and energetic shapes into your lines, for example check out ¢greatLP's gallery for some awesome cartoon-style fire-drawings, he gets great energy and movement into his art; [link]
the only fire I've drawn and been happy with is this piece; [link] ...cos normally fire would be something I just paint digitally.. I find it easier to capture with colour than it is with line. :)

Good luck!
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