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Sodium Wings by drachenmagier Sodium Wings by drachenmagier
More experiments with acrylics.
I think I start to understand how that material is supposed to be used. :D But for now: Just toying around with colorful goo.

And I'm reading too much Kate Griffin right now. Can't get myself to work on commissions, instead I try to paint things from her stories. I love those books~.

Oh, and just saying: Scanner does not do it justice. I have to find something better than scanning paintings. That does not work. :( Any good ideas?
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A pretty hard one to criticize but haven't written any critiques lately.

I suppose the back-light should create an heroic impact - but as i figured it out, the lightning source must be between his... wings?... and his back, since the front of his wings is lightened up and his shoulder is almost the only brighter thing. Thats very bad for the impact, at least for me.
Or maybe I do not understand how his wings work, maybe it's transparent or less visibility?

But I like the design of the wings, smashed and not usual (it appear that they aren't good for flying, tho) However, i like the whole idea of the wings.

But I can't figure it out why you highlight the wings - was this the very and only topic?

Vision
Pro
  • perfect Title/Cover image... as you mentioned, specially for books it seems to be fitting
  • It appears fitting all in all, his "might" / "force" is not a physical one, a classic robe-waring weakling (compared to barbarically warriors) - the fog underline this appearance.
  • The person is a secret through and through.


Con
  • The weird light focus the wings too much
  • And because of that it seems that the wings are the topic in there, since there are almost no details on the person - so you fade him out.




Originality:
Well, it's not that original as usual. Since the Wings are the only thing in here which are really able to see well. But I like the design that much that I can't deal that hard with it.

Technique
It's pretty fine with me, a but rough but it supports the flair within the picture - sometimes less is more. But I've to say that there are a lot of changes in grade of detail. His arm is almost only a tube with an weird reflection, and his hair is well detailed - suits the picture too, but more details would be nice too, maybe nicer.

Impact
The really first one: Heroic. By time you (at least I) figured out the contrast between his wings and himself, so I had to look it up closer... I dislike this effect, because i had the feeling that i just stopped by and search mistakes or an answer of my questions...
With some details it would be a wonderful cover of any book, interesting and leading to the story without telling too much... this effect would be great. But at this rate... :/
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katerinamoraiti Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!!!!! :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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katerinamoraiti Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!!! :)
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owl-shaman Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
You could try photographing your paintings and then cropping them down! You may lose a sliver of one side or a tiny bit of a corner, but if your camera has an option for grid lines, then it's much easier to get it near-top-perfect straight lines. Photographing your work means that you can decide on the lighting as opposed to with a scanner's limited choice. I find that soft lighting works best as long as it's not too yellow, but I'm sure that someone who is more experienced (or google) would have more information to offer.

As always, your art is beautiful. I love that the wings don't come together as a bird's wings do, but are wings simply because of the shape and the unity of the feathers. I also love the mystery in the character... Making him a dark silhouette was a smart move! I definitely want to know much more about him now xD Very enticing.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if my cam has such an option for helplines. I will have to check the menu, though while it has a LOT of options, it's still a rather small little camera, not very usable for professional things.

Hm. Soft light would be easy to get during the early morning hours in the living room. the sun rises on the other side of the building, meaning it will be bright there, but not with direct sunlight.

Thanks for the tips!

And for the compliments, of course! :heart:
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owl-shaman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Well... I use my smartphone to upload pictures to tumblr, and I haven't had a problem yet! (btw owlshaman.tumblr.com) As I said, my only issue here is that I lose a tiny bit on some sides because no matter what perspective you are using, you will never get a fully straight edge because of how straight lines seem to bow with distance. That's why I typically take several pictures and then choose the straightest one to crop.

Np c: I aaaaalways love looking at your art! I had a bit of a hiatus from dA for real life reasons, but now that I'm here again, I was very happy to find a great number of your works amassed in my inbox!
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
... So awesome 8D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! 8D
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
wow it look amaznig ^^
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
you are welcome :hug:
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As soon as I saw the word "sodium," I realized I had stumbled upon a certain urban sorcerer. Your painting really brings out the atmosphere of the books! :love:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally someone who knows the series. :D
Yes, sodium light seems to be a part of the books in my brain now. It simply belongs. :D
And thank you!
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bookbunny9 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, we are surprisingly few. :D
I eagerly await your submissions! :heart:
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I use a Nikon D5000 with just the kit lens, cost me about $500, but you can go even older or refurbished if you need something cheaper. Plus, you are never again limited by the size of the painting! I also recommend Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for editing, you have SO much more control with contrast and colors than Photoshop (:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still have an old Nikon, analog, which is quite a good quality. With the right tips for the lighting and a bit of practice I should be able to get somewhere. :)

Though I'm not really a fan of photoshop. Basic picture corrections are ok, though I prefer to leave everything else alone. ^^'
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well yes, of course, I am not talking about turning it into a photo manipulation, but sometimes camera's colors are off and you can fix that in LR. (:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, that part. XD Sorry, I guess my thinking went a bit too far there.

I keep forgetting that small corrections like changing what a scanner messed up (among others) counts as manipulation too. ^^
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's fine! (:
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well you can always try to take pictures with your camera - this gives you a bit more freedom to manipulate the light, (it's always straight 90 degrees in the scanner). You might also tweak color balance in PS afterwards.. Other than that - no, there's no special kind of magic for scanning pictures... (well maybe there is, but not that i know of :D )

Acrylics is supposed to be worked like oils, imo. Isn't it? It was first made as a kinda water soluble easy to use substitute, i presume...
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Acrylics are similar to oils from the handling, but do not require special liquids to clean the brushes. And dry a lot faster.
I mean, oil normally takes a week to get kinda dry, two the moment it's not a very thin layer of color. ^^' Which was - so far - my main reason not to work with it: I wouldn't know where to store the drying drawings.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well yeah, that's what i meant by easy to use...
still, oils feel somehow more "natural" to me :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I definitely want to use them. But I still have problems with keeping my brush kinda... cleaned up. It normally ends with a big blob of color on it... Any tips? You seem to know the media quite well. :D
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you mean, but i usually hold a cloth in my left hand and just wipe the brush inbetween the colors if i don't want them to mix... it becomes a habit quite quickly :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, you just wipe the color off instead of cleaning the brush completely?
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well, basically i clean it only when i need a really clean brush, like painting a whole different color or something.. I also keep several brushes with different color on them just laying around, to save time: say, i'm painting a landscape, and the sky is blue, while the grass is green (your Cpt. Obvious), then i have a brush for greens and a brush for blues (tadada tata, oh yeah. not that kind of blues :D). so when i need a lighter green or a darker green, warmer or cooler, i just wipe the "green" brush slightly instead of washing it.
but then, i've never been to fine arts academy, so i may be wrong too :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Different brushes for different colors. O-o Why didn't I think of that? It's... logical. *facepalms*

Thanks, I guess that was the thing I really needed to realize.

Never mind fine art academys, I prefer the knowledge you simply get from trying and finding a way. d:
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dariusdragon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
why are you so cool?
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I'm just the average drawing nerd. d: Far from cool, believe me.
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ladylaguna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're making good progress, I'd say! The blending on the "feathers" is really nicely done. The lighting on this one is interesting... Having such a simple, shadowy figure is a totally new direction for you... Keep at it!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks~!
I think I start to find out how acrylics behave on paper or canvas. It's different from what I did so far, so I can't really use the normal techniques and I have to learn the rest from the start. ^^'

Such shadows was always something I wanted to draw, but the effect with watercolors is... weak. It does not seem like a massive shadow, more like a whisp. So I haven't been drawing that so far. ^^'
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Digital0Zero Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Such a wonderful thing you did there!.
Correct me if I´m wrong but is this the first work that you do with these tones and mysterious effect?

Fantastic as always =)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
And yes, it's the first time I tried that with acrylics or any other material. I did try similar effects, but watercolors work differently. :)
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Saphrixia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
All right. So here's an idea! :D What I do for my images is I set up a whole little thing. Like a huge piece of velvet goes on the wall. Then I get some lights. Y'know.. The really good kind that have a bluish tint.. Not the reddish ones. I got tripods for those and have umbrellas hooked onto them to reflect the light better. Then, I get an HD camera and get as close as I can to the piece before snapping a photo. I go into photoshop and mess with it a little bit until it looks exactly like the one in real life. It's a lot of work, but documenting your images properly makes for a better-looking portfolio and whatnot! :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lights are a bit of a problem. The only lights with blueish tint are really expensive normally. Either that, or they are LED-spots which are perfect for lighting up small areas but... horrible for a soft light all over something. ^^'

Though I'll keep my eyes open for those. And a good piece of velvet! Thanks for the tips!
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Saphrixia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
It's hard to get decent equipment these days. ><

But hey, no problem. :)
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Niji-iro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I think it looks rather nice. I like the light/shadow effects on his wings. You get better with acrylics everytime!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. :3
Und hey, sobald man anfängt zu verstehen, wie ein Material funktioniert, geht es am Anfang meistens schnell. d:

Naja, gut, ich habe noch immer meine Mühe: Über diese Malerei habe ich etwa 3x drübergemalt, bis ich die Farbe hatte, die ok aussah. ^^'
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runnergirl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love, love, love, love it!!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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runnergirl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
np!
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Eonari Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hmm... nice glow. (Follows trail of breadcrumbs in my mind...) you wouldn't happen to be rereading "Madness of Angels" would you?
(I'm still looking for that book. -_-')
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Read through the whole series and now reading the newest one. >:3
Madness of Angels? I just recently ordered a HC-Copy from Amazon. O-o Is it hard to get?
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Eonari Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
You might say I enjoy the hunt. In a way there is little joy to be had in having something delivered on your door as I prefer to enter a store and dig for treasure myself. It's the same with games bought through a digital store. While the game itself might be no different it leaves and empty spot on the shelf.
And while I have found several books from Griffin, this particular one has managed to elude me for some time now. -_-
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Around here it's pretty much impossible to get any specific English book when you don't order it. :) I guess I'm used to that by now. Same goes for the games I want: Since most of the consoles I own are US, I have to import the games anyway.

But I do understand the thrill of the hunt. :D Good luck with the search! I love that book to bits! Actually had to buy a second copy, since my first one is slowly dissolving. XD
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Eonari Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
It's mostly the same here, but in Oslo which is about an hour and a half by bus I think you'd love a certain store. It's about a 40x10 meters space where about 20 is nothing but English literature from Shakespeare to Rowling and everything in between. The other half is all comics in addition to every nerdy collector's item you can imagine.

But the game import problem I solved long ago by buying both an US and European PS2.

So it's that good. :XD: Well, for now all I've read is an excerpt from it with a guy coming back from the dead to be chased by a garbage monster which was described with quite a few details.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jup, I love such stores. :D You could just... leave me there at 9am and pick me up at 7pm again.

I got a few games which will... require a PAL-PS2 one day. But so far I got most of the games I wanted for my US-ones. :D

@madness of Angels: I LOVE that garbage monster! But believe me, that's just the start of a rather epic story. Ok, granted, the protagonist is seriously over the top when it comes to power. But then again, he needs said power to survive the stories.
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Eonari Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Hahaha, yeah, well, if ever visit I could show you all 5 of the best stores.
1 - Mentioned store.
2 - Similar store only with medieval clothes and even armor in addition to specially imported Lego and other cool stuff.
3 - Biggest bookstore in Oslo.
4 - Writer's community cafe and bookstore with various editions of classic literature.
5 - Otaku store specializing in everything from Pikachu pyjamas and maid costumes to Square Enix jewlery and a bunch of flavors of drinks, Ramen and Pocky.

Well, rumors say both Sony and Microsoft will announce their next gen consoles in 2013, so perhaps it might be an idea to get that PAL-PS2 soon? :XD:

Madness of Angels:
Yes, and it was very well described too... about three pages long, wasn't it? :XD:
In any case, if the excerpt hadn't caught my interest, your recommendation alone would be enough. But there's still the part of finding it... -_-
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liitletoboe102 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very dark picture, a bit unusual to be made of you - you tend to be light in color. But it doesn't change the fact that you are still AWESOME! > w <
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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