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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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:iconevilmadmuffin:
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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:iconkaterinamoraiti:
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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:icondrachenmagier:
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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