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Dragons on your Doorstep by EvanStanley Dragons on your Doorstep by EvanStanley
I know I said I wouldn't be submitting anything, and I'm not... this is my final for my Digital Media class this semester. We could do whatever we wanted, as long as it incorporated our theme (mine is the dragon). Ah well I'm not much of a painter yet, but I suppose I'm getting there. Also, yes, that is a younger version of me. That is, it's supposed to be. I wasn't really a creepy doll-lookin' zombie when I was 8. Really.

Hope you enjoy!

Edit: I fixed her cheek. That's all I have time for.
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I love how you did the coloring. its so shiny! the highlights on the hair are absolutely perfect. I also love the way you drew the dragon, its a great pose with a lovely shades of blue. The Expressions are fitting too, the surprised look at the tiny dragon at the window to the almost fearful anxious look of the dragon.
I did however notice that her left cheek seems a bit off, as in its larger than the other cheek. Another thing I noticed is that the Dragon isn't at a doorstep but at a window sill, but thats really unimportant.

Great Work Evan :meow: I'm sure you'll get an A+ on it ^w^
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Well, once again, Evan, you impress me. I'm consistently amazed by your artwork, and hope I can be as good as this one day.

That said, a few things jump out at me right away. The bangs on the girl's bowl cut don't really look all that natural; it's more anime hair-ish than realistic, which I get the feeling is what you were going for. Also, her face looks bulky, with her left cheek puffing out like she has the mumps. The shadowing on her neck makes it look almost unnaturally thin, too. The curve of her nose also looks a little too flat for my taste. Finally, her left arm that's raised near the window doesn't look quite right... it's like her shoulder is too far back.

Having said that, of course, there's a lot to like here. The perspective is all very consistent to my eye, which is very nice. I like the different colors on the dragon, and the way it's reeling back. The expressions on the dragon's face definitely conveys the sense it's more scared of that girl than she is of it. Especially with the girl looking so clearly fascinated and awestruck at what she sees! It's nice to tell a little story just through a static image like that.

Hopefully I haven't come across as condescending with my critique, but here's hoping the project nets you a high grade.
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TakahashiAkira Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Looks like it could act as a potential cover of a children's picture book or novel.
Daytekgirl15 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
So cool! This kind of looks similar to a scene in the short story that I'm writing.
ProjectHelios Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This reminds me of The Fire Within books by Chris D'lacey.
Nice job!
Sorain26 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student General Artist
amazing, the love your expression, cool. the glow effect for this pic is so awesome.
destiny-saiyan014 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Looks like the cover to a children's book done very well!
ArtieStroke Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Like the first critique said, it certainly is impressive. If I had a full membership, I'd write one too. Alas, I do not, so I'll comment for now.
sonicxjones Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Still I think it's great, I wish I could do that!
TwiRin Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I think I read the book a little while lingers i the foggy part of my brain sadly. This is truly amazing work! I love how the dragon has a spooky glow to it (well I think it does, it looks forboding)

Besides all that, it looks amazing.
EvanStanley Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I highly doubt you ever read this book... seeing as it's never been written.
Drkbeast64 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
it might acullay make a good book, you should probly consider having a story writen for this.
TwiRin Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It was somethig with Dragons......
Sorry bout the book part Evan, I read a book with dragons inolved way back then....
xtheamazingnothingx Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol Creepy doll. XD It`s ok, I think God made people look the way we do so Deviant Artists can cus out our works.
Grassy-Aggron Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely beautiful dragon, Evan. You blow me away yet again XP And I don't think the...Erm, how did you put it? "Creepy doll zombie girl"? I don't think she is that creepy ^^

Excellent work!
Condescensational Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing!

but, something that is bugging me a little is that the girl's hair is really shiny, and it doesn't look as real as the rest of the picture.

I love the glow coming off of the dragon! and I love how you did the expression on the girl and the dragon! It's really hard to put an expression on a dragon!

greeaaat job!! :)
SonicDude87 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Nice dragon. Looks sorta' like Sonic with those blue spines. :)
toidarian Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the way the dragon is painted, but the girl's face looks disproportionate. Her left cheek seems like it's jutting out far more than the other one, to the point where it looks strange . . . the ear that you can see fully seems unnatural, as well, possibly because it needs to be darker on the inside and lighter around the edges, so it isn't as flat? Also, her eyes seem very stark in her head, maybe because they look so very realistic and sharp while the rest of the girl's face is more smooth around the edges.

I do also very much like the way you colored the hair, though the, uh . . . what do you call it. Split? down the middle looks a little too straight. I feel like her head should maybe be rounder in that area, and maybe the bangs should be less jutting, if you will, like the locks that are hanging down (which look very realistic, by the way!)

The way the dragon's eyes stand out and his mane glows are fantastic, though, as well as the shape of his hands. The window and the wall are probably my favorite part, mainly because of the very realistic textures and lighting. Overall, I'd just focus more on the girl's proportions, though even so the overall impression is good. Nice work (and I hope you don't mind the critique . . .)
AmeMusashi Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I was about to mention the cheek and eyes, but then saw that ~Sihira-Hedgehog already beat me to it with a very well effectively noted critique, too.

So, I, uhh, :slow: what to say... that the expression on the Dragon makes me laugh- the poor thing looked just as startled as the child staring back at him (her? it?) and both are too startled to know how to react yet. I love the hues of blue you used for the dragon's crowning, it's really lovely, in a glowy kind of way~ ♫
Sylocat Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you could fix the problem with the face by simply toning down the realism a bit... I don't know how your instructor would feel about an anime-looking face, but making it at least a bit more cartoonish would definitely help nudge it back out of the Uncanny Valley.

Also, the locks of hair look a bit too uniform, to the point where the bangs look like someone just draped a row of flat ribbons over the face. That makes it look even more doll-like, and it's even easier to adjust.

Other than that, though, it's wonderful, the dragon looks just plain 100% awesome, and the level of detail on the background is just right as well.
Auroblaze Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
woah... what an amazing image!!!:eyepopping:
trana-blay5 Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, super pretty dragon ^^
tory-the-fuzzball Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist
I love this picture! Its so beautiful and made me smile when I saw it, I sure wish it was me who had dragons on my doorstep ^^
madchikrebel Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Omg! Cute dragon!.......I need alot more help in painting-IT ALWAYS TURNS OUT CRAPOLA.:iconnotimpressedplz:
DragonEmblem Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
I like the dragon, it's cute. :aww: I like it's colours too.:painter:
drake54 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
The child's right cheek is noticeably fatter than the other so a little work in that area may help but otherwise it's good
Arkdevil Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I was a zombie at age 8. Thanks to ritalin!:pills: This looks fantastic. I wish I had a pet dragon.:crying:
LupusSilvae Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Sweetness! I love the dragon, seeing as Eastern dragons are one of my favorites. :love: Great work!
Moon-Phantom Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Actually, I can see the resemblance quite well =)

Very nice work!
Dragonling140 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
The girl's face looks odd...almost like it's swollen. >_> Otherwise, it's pretty cool. :)
babyshadowlol Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would absolutely love to see this as a story! It looks like a perfect cove for one! Well done!
Sihira-Hedgehog Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My my, what an interesting image! Althrough I am severely bothered by the fact that the girl's left cheek (our right) is severely larger than her right. Her hair still feels overly cartoonish for the realistic feel of the image, and her eyes are far too small and close together to belong to an 8-year-old.

Try flipping the image horizontally early on in the process to see if there's anything to fix. If you can't fix it, start over and mess around with it until you get what you want. As long as it's early on in the process, you can fix it however much you need to, and you even get a few options when it comes to which sketch to use. It's not nearly as time-consuming as one might think, especially if the sketch is small and doesn't take up very much room. However, if you have already tried this and it has not worked for you, at least modifying the image before or during the inking/coloring process will help avoid odd asymmetries like this.

Make sure what you do is consistent with the rest of the image. If there's realistic eyes, make the face, hair, and fabric/body just as realistic. No cheating, and no cutting corners, otherwise you'll slip into very awkward territory for your viewers. It's like Sonic 06; if you don't take care to make everything harmonize with each other from the get-go, then you'll get one creature with an eye the size of another's head. If you are having problems with hair, getting frustrated, or have little experience with non-cartoonish hair, there is not better time to start practicing than now. There are a great many tutorials out there for painting hair, and you can try each one as much as you like. If none of the techniques work for you, you could always take a day off to experiment and go through trial and error to find what works for you.

Other than those two slip-ups, I am very amazed at the effect of the glass. The fact that the dragon has no reflection adds to the fact that it is small and doesn't 'exist', per se. It is a creature that not many 'rational people' believe in, and yet is plain as day right in front of the eyes of those who are willing to see it. It's a wonderful metaphor, even if it may have been unintended. The glowing effects are wonderful and not over-the-top, as I have found quite a great many works taking glows too far. You've got a great sense of balance between surrealism and reality with the dragon--now you just need to make it fit with the rest of the image. Or not, if that was the whole point of it. If it was, then you are very clever, Evan. Very clever indeed.

I hope you enjoyed my extensive babbling/ccritique.
EvanStanley Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I sure did enjoy it. I always like to hear some proper constructive criticism. My main problem is that I have next to no experience (this is about my 3rd or 4th painting, ever) and I don't have the time to practice often. Aaaand I traced an old photo of myself to get the facial proportions. I have smallish eyes and I know how I messed up the cheeks, I'm going to fix it. I'll work on keeping the level of realism under control-- I noticed that too, and it's bugging me on the girl. I like it on the dragon, for the reasons you stated before.

tiger200188 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I love how you did the little dragon! :D
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BLACK-GEAR Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
how did you do the glow efect
Luna-Nightgale Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
This is amazing, far better than I could hope for drawing humans. ^^;
Keep up the good work!
MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student Writer
Sounds awesome!
AokitianWolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
OMG! That is amazing! :wow:
wait... Digital Media class?? I wish I took that this year... but my school doesn't have it. So I wouldn't have taken it anyway :XD:
but wow!
Awesome job :D
silveramysaurus07 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
It's cute! I could see this as a good children's book to read :nod:
Aya-Hiratasuka Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
LOL...I looked...and was like "isn't that her when she was little?" then I read the artist's comments XD Yeah...thats too cute.

And don't you start saying you grew outta being cute! D:<
sonicandshadowfan100 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
So are you going to make other comic.YES or NO?????
EvanStanley Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Student General Artist
No... this is just a picture for my Photoshop class.
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Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner May 26, 2010   General Artist
She's got school, moron. She's not your slave, you know. Why don't you try to make your comics if your so impatient?
binditheskunk Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
im just cureus when its going to be updated !!!!! AND DONT CALL ME A MORON !!!!!!!!!!!
Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner May 29, 2010   General Artist
She just said that in her journal, what do you think it's' there for? Decoration? I called you a moron because you were being rude to Evan by telling her to hurry it up. She'll go back to it when she's finished her exams and has a summer break. Have some respect for Evan. :|
binditheskunk Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Faerie-StarV Featured By Owner May 30, 2010   General Artist
Yeah, you are being rude and you don't have respect for others. Care to explain this then.
Tell how this is not rude. :roll: And I hurt your feelings? What are you, five years old? :iconbawplz:
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Squidni Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It reminds me of the old 'Magic Tree House' books where the titles are like alliterations :D
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