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Mrav i Azdaha by TeraMaster Mrav i Azdaha by TeraMaster
Title: Mrav i Aždaha (The Ant and the Dragon, for lack of a better word for "aždaha", we use the word "zmaj" for dragon. The title is from a Bosnian book, which doesn't talk about ants and dragons; it's a metaphor for a soldier and war in his country. I just thought the title would suit this drawing well.)
Alternate title: Into the Dragon's Den
Time spent: 10-15 hours, didn't count (scales are a suicide)
Media: Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Slim tablet, Genius mouse, and a crappy monitor

Ryu and the dragon (c) me

Might add some personal thoughts on this later.
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My first thought when I saw this: Who took L from Death Note away from his desk chair and put him with a dragon? I realize that Ryu is your OC (creating a necessary "so there" from most people), but he reminds me of L in this picture. A lot. I do hope I have not gone more insane than I already am; he looks more differentiated in the realistic picture.

Regardless, the first impression was more of a turn-off than I thought it would be. After all, it's still a dragon waiting to take a bite out of the pink thing that's wandered into his lair, right?

Except the guy looks very 'meh' about it. It's not the "wow, a real dragon!" reaction that you implied in your comments. It's almost like a scene from a cartoon in which Bugs Bunny gets roared at by a lion or tiger, but, even though the roar caused his skin to wrinkle, the rabbit ultimately shrugs it off. The dragon is full of excitement, but his prey is just...standing there. Yes, it's bold that he's looking it straight in the eye, but also a little unrealistic. (To be fair, it's TOTALLY in-character for L; he'd probably be going, "hmm...a dragon...how do I deal with this?")

The dragon itself is super-detailed. Worry not; the effort that went into the scales paid off! However, there are some things that make me go "was that really necessary?" The spinal ridge extending onto the snout bugs me, as do some of the little protrusions along the lower jaw. The horns are interesting, but I kinda wonder how such growths would have evolved (scaled on the bottom, chitinous on top? I'll have to think about that). It felt like there was just too much on the dragon.

So, reasons for my ratings.

Vision: Not a bad idea, but it feels like a case of 'good idea, meh execution.' I can tell that some sort of epic scene is trying to happen, but failing.

Originality: I'm torn on this one. The dragon-slayer motif is over-used, even with original characters, but it is a solid motif. I like how it's open; we don't know whether he will actually slay the dragon or not, especially since he is so unassuming at the moment. ;)

Technique: While your style is exceptional as usual, the human barely paying attention to the dragon and looking a lot like L distracts from any magic that could possibly be in this scene. Looking the dragon in the eye is a bold move, but disrupts the potential excitement that could be in the picture. I could nitpick about tooth distance and other biological things, but they feel minor in comparison.

Impact: While L staring down a dragon is a cool thing to see, it is also a lot less exciting than one would think. The more I looked at this, the less I liked it. Such is the fate of a critic.

Overall: dA stars will probably score this a little lower, but B-. I can tell it's trying to be serious, but there is something almost funny about it. I am fairly sure that is not what you were going for.

Hope this helps!

(P.S.- I LOVE the word 'zmaj.'Related to the word for 'snake,' no?)
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Kyuubi83256 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
To. je. s-t-r-a-v-a
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malfunit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Artist
funny seeing you here of all places! :lol:

I looked up Bosnian Dragons and found this.

Very nice. :3
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Kyuubi83256 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh hi! :D We haven't talked in ages!
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malfunit Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Artist
Malo govorim srpski. :3
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Kyuubi83256 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:3 Cool!
Is it hard? xD
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malfunit Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Artist
It's challenging. :)

But I can put simple sentences together and make sure they're correct. :)

Ne znam sve, ali učim! (hope I said that right x3)
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Kyuubi83256 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah I see :) So what do you think of our language? I always wondered what it sounds to foreigners xD

Yeah you said it right don't worry! And maybe we shouldn't spam this picture with our comments what do you think? ^^;
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Zoruaofepic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome, I love the teeth :)
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thanx a lot :D
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Zoruaofepic Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome!
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AngelLeila Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
kod nas bi to bilo Aždaja xD
<333 awesome work!!!
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Tenkju ^^
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SlickBH Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
First of all I thought the painting was pretty good.

I for one don't find this guy similar to L for few reasons. One of those is that this guy walks upright. =D He looks more like Sasuke to me.

Oh, and I also think that the critique guy misunderstood the motif. The guy in the painting isn't a dragon slayer, he is supposed to be an ant in comparison to the "Aždaha" (the word means "monster") witch is in this case the dragon. Although I do agree that the fact that he is staring at the dragon expressionless doesn't make him look insignificant like an ant, it makes him look fearless.
I didn't really read the book that this painting depicts so I don't know if this guy is supposed to look fearless or insignificant, but I'm guessing he should look insignificant, desperate and weary but also important if a book is about a soldier fighting a war in his country. And dragon should look more scary and ugly.
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Thank you for your comment :)
The idea behind this pic was, sadly, not transferred to the piece successfully. Not only the dragon's scales look highly unnatural, but also Ryu's expression should have had more life in it, even though the idea was that "going into the cave, expect nothing dangerous... oh... oh. Oh! SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!". The pic does not depict the book itself, I only borrowed the title and its meaning, I'm not sure what exactly goes on in the book.
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SlickBH Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
But even if you didn't really end with what you were going for, i still think that the end result is pretty darn awesome. And you will only get better with time.
I'm happy to know that there are some talented Bosnian artists out there. You have my support all the way! ;)
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Thank you very much, very happy to hear that :D
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Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great detail!!! The spit give a great effect. That that the guy's blaze` expression.
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Thanx a lot :D
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AozuAkazu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Wow, the detail of this is amazing man <3 Great work on it <3
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Thanx a lot, bro! :)
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AuraNegra Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, very cool. But you have to trian more your colouring skills
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I bet. I just don't know how to advance from this point, I'd need some really special tutorial. Thanx anyway :)
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JinKazamasLady Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
wow great work you have here ö.ö ! so many details and i really like how you make his teeth . looks 3 D ! awesome work really ! Great coloring indeed ! wow just wow !
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Thanx a lot! :hug:
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JinKazamasLady Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
You are very welcome :hug:
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AlizarinHarbinger Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Amazing! You've must put a lot of work into it.
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Indeed, but it was worth it imo :) Thanx!
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richie25 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Thats awesome :D
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Thanx! :D
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BinaryStarVV93 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, scales are suicide indeed:rofl: Good job at them!
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Oh yeah :faint: Thanx!
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Dijenek Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
epic mate ^_^
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Hvala :D
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Shadow-Chaos00 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Awesome work. =D
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Thanx! :D
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Shadow-Chaos00 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
No prob.
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DarkMasterOfDragons Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student General Artist
How did you get Photoshop? I've been trying to get it for years and don't know how!
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Installed from a CD a friend borrowed me. I think you can also download it from the internet, at least the 7.0 version.
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DarkMasterOfDragons Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Student General Artist
I've already tried the internet many times and it gave me Viruses like each time
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Ah, that's because you don't know where to look. =P
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DarkMasterOfDragons Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Well where do you suppose i look?
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Do you have uTorrent? Download the Photoshop via a torrent. Then visit this link: [link] Visit it before you install.
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DarkMasterOfDragons Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks I'll only be able to do it whenever I get back to NewBrunswick though. I'm in Alberta right now and my grandmother won't aprove of me downloading things on her computer XD
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Cyndardragon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The guy looks like L from Death Note XD I love the dragon. Awesome work :D
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Ok, this is seriously getting funny XD Similarity between Ryu and L... I should give Ryu some qualities L has. Thanx btw! :D
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Cyndardragon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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rice-claire Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I thought it looked like L, too. xD Nice pic, btw
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Lol... and tahnx :D
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Nami14 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woah, for second I thought that looked like L
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TeraMaster Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Wow, you're the second one... this is getting scary o.o
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