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dragon, fairy, princess, fantasy WIP

I hit a stopping point and thought I would go ahead and post as I have some things to do this afternoon that don't include painting.  I am glad that you guys like the sky, it is a bit whimsical and I like that it adds brightness to the overall piece.  The one thing that I really like about the acrylics is that you can continue to layer to your heart's content.

I think I have to figure out a way to make the dragon look less robotic so will have to deemphasize  the armor plated look.  Maybe just go with scales on the arms and a few definitions of the segmentation?

One of the things that I wanted to do in this piece was try to make planes (background, middle and foreground), does it feel like there is distance in the picture?

Sorry lots, of questions in this post, but think I am at a point where I have to make some changes or else I will be stuck with what I've got.

Thanks much for stopping by and taking a look.


Joan Tavolott said…
You definitely show distance with the foreground characters, the middle ground arch and the house in the background. I think you are right about the dragon and I am looking forward to seeing how you change it to show his scales instead. This is really coming along nicely.
Hi Nelvia. I think you have a good start on the impression of distance and it will be more evident when the foreground is detailed. As for your dragon, I think just finishing the eyes will make it look more life-like. If he is actually looking at the girl that will help too. Have a great day!
Sheila said…
Distance, yes ;) To me, it is his "short" arm that is looking off. Robotic. Maybe if you just reposition it a tad. (Lots of work I know). It doesn't look as natural as the other arm. Or maybe it just needs a bit of elbow. But I LOVE how it is coming along. His fierce look and flaming "hair" really look great!
hmuxo said…
What a great painting Nelvia! I don't see a problem with the dragon.. And yes, You can definitely see the distance...nicely done.

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