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cloud dragons by drachenmagier cloud dragons by drachenmagier
A bit of toying around with acrylics, mostly during Christmas and New Year. (yes, I'm a tad late d: ).

I had my fun, though I really didn't plan the dragons. I wanted a bit of background practice. Yeah, we see how far I got with that.

So, here we are, at the nesting grounds of cloud dragons.

Critiques on technique always greatly appreciated. :)
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:iconi-am-the-wanderer:
Great use of line. That's sometimes difficult with acrylics. I also love your composition sensibilities and color palette. Very holistic and well-defined.

The only thing that I might consider as an issue is the fact that one of the smaller dragons near the middle gets a bit lost in the light colors of the right side. But even that works rather well in the piece.

Overall, I really like the piece. Everything from the shape of the picture to the defining lines of the cages contributes to the overall view, and it all works to emphasize the dragons, which are the main feature of the piece, without distracting too much from them.
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NekoFever Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture turns on the feelings for me.  Dragons have a special place inside and these guys are graceful and captivating. 
I don't really know how to write a critique but if I were it would have 5/5 stars on everything.

Every time I look at your work it reminds me why I love art and need to draw. 

Your clouds are very sexy too.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
Always thought that clouds and dragons seem to go well together~.
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Naa- Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
The light on this one is really great. I like a lot the composition and the cloud effects. Super pretty.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you~! :D
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Airswirlseternal Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I love the ethereal quality - very beautiful, and definitely one of the best original dragon depictions I have ever seen :clap:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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MissPoe Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really beautiful and well-compositioned. :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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LusteredCobalt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This reminds me rather heavily of Terry Pratchett's Wyrmberg in "The Colour of Magic." High-up cave, translucent dragons, and bits of metal -- all that's missing is those giant anti-grav rings. 

That aside, you have turned out yet another masterpiece, drachenmagier! I'd be critical of your technique if I knew how, but alas, it's 4 AM, I should be getting to bed, and my wits appear to have beaten me there! All I can say is how appreciative I am of your works, sir -- 'tis always a pleasure to see your wretched grin leering out of my deviantwatch! (Such a statement may seem contradictory, I know, but I assure you, I meant the best XD)

Well, a very good night to you, sir -- or a good morning, or afternoon, or whatever else you'd like! Bye!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One day I will have to start reading those books. I often hear that there are similarities between the stories of Terry Pratchett and my drawings. :D And I'm getting more and more curious.

Joke here is more that I literally had no idea what I would be doing. In every aspect: Technique, image and materials. d: Of course it's even a bigger compliment then to hear it came out good.

(hope you got a bit of sleep though. XD And no worries, I did choose that avatar because of the grin after all~! )
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AbrilDink Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student
Dragon clouds?! *slaps forehead* Why didn't I think of that?!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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QueenObvious Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
How did you make the acrylic look see-through and smokey? c:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two versions: Either I watered it down a bit or I painted in lighter colors, making it look like it's see through. The smokey parts were mostly watered down, I think. ^^
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Zumea Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. ^^
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Zumea Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome:)
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
....Wow...
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Ahhh, this is so beautiful! Wonderful and well-executed concept :)
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful and the addition of the dragons gives it all a mystical quality!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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LaJolly Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful work.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Kirasel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Whoa, that's pretty amazing. 

And hey, you might be late for New Year, but you made it just in time for Chinese New Year.  That's gotta count for something.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Some religion always celebrates something new. So, in the worst case you're just early for the next. d:
And thank you!
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Azari13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The dragons look absolutely stunning! Great work
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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KarehaChan Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
I really love this one. Waw ! Good job :>
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh mein Gott sind die süß! *_* Woaaaaah!
Und so... feengleich durchscheinend.
Die Käfige, wohnen die da drin?
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. ^^
Ich denke mal, das sind sowas wie Nester?
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Total stylische Nester! °3° So eins hätt ich auch gern!
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Kerry-A-Wolfe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the fact that it just ended up with dragons added to the picture as you went along
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it was stronger than me. d:
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
wow it look so awsome :) those dragons are amaznig ^^ you did wonderfull work :clap:
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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Nortstar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
you are welcome :hug:
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, this is just stunning! The color scheme and lighting are perfect complements, and those details are wonderful. <3
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But of course! (:
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Hevflynia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dafür das die Drachen "ungewollt" sind , sind sie wunderschön, da kommen einen glatt tränen in die AugenHeart - Free Spazattackplz  
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank. ^^
O-o Woah, das nenne ich mal eine positive reaktion. O_o
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jewishness Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Stunning.............I really Love it. 
Your works are epic.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Aprilstar35 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student
Very creative and it looks so pretty! I like how the dragons aren't just solid cloud, that they are actually see through!
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Dragons make everything better.
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