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09 September 2005, 02:12 AM
Aline DesRuisseaux is entered in the "Spectacular Challenge" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Final Image: Dragon sentence (

09 September 2005, 02:16 AM
I hope to have time to create something...I'll do y best to do my first sketches on the weekend.

Good luck to you all. :)

09 September 2005, 03:05 AM (

Ok, here's my sketch. I don't know if it's because i'd read so much knight and dragons story lately, but here is my vision of the final fight between a couragous knight and a dragon who's put fear every where in the kingdom.

maybe i'll come with a other idea later. My over time at work give me a lack of inspiration.

I already saw many of the work of the contestant and i find there is plenty of good subject. People here are very talentuous.

This is my second entry for a contest here since "master and servant" and i still have a lot to learn.

so on this i wish to you all good luck!

See ya!

09 September 2005, 03:10 AM
good luck to u bro. nice start.

09 September 2005, 03:13 AM
nice start for the 1st sketch,good luck with the challenge~:)alot more to play around with ideas and concepts.

09 September 2005, 01:32 AM (

Hi everybody! I don't have much time yet to really work on my peace. Here, on this version, i start to place very fast my caracters ( horse, dragon and a bit of the knight.) But i still have plenty to do.

I'm not real happy with my perspective view yet. I'll try to fixe it before i go too far in the process. So don't be shy to give me some advise. =0)

See ya!

09 September 2005, 01:42 AM
Nice emotion in this piece, good luck to ya. holla!:scream:

09 September 2005, 02:02 AM
welcome man. The sketch looks cool. It'll definately be nice to see it in a different angle. The design of the dragon is looking good so far and the horse has a good expression. Keep it up and Goodluck. will be watching.


09 September 2005, 02:08 AM
very interestening sketch, nice detail, good luck :)

09 September 2005, 01:39 AM
I'm happy that you like my work so far. I'll try to rework my angle view. i'll do my best.

thank you again!

See ya! =0)

ho by the way I look to your work, and I really like the style of your caracters. i keep an eye on your work too.

Good luck!

09 September 2005, 01:02 AM (

Hi every body!

I try to rework my perspective view. I'm please with the result for now but i'm still open for other suggestions. I'm far from the final.

thank you.

see ya! =0)

09 September 2005, 01:23 AM (

Hi there!

I colored here my caracters. Don't worry about the background it is only a placeholder for now. I'll concentrate on giving details on the horse, knight and dragon before.

Ok, i just notice that the front legs of the horse are infront of the tongue of the dragon. I will fixe that for my next unpload.


09 September 2005, 03:16 PM (

Hi everybody!

ok, I said earlier that i'll work on the details of my caracters, but this morning I couldn't help my self by sketching the background. I noticed in my process that I jump too fast from one step to the other. Now I start to feel that I about to mess my work.

I will set back for a while, just to make sure that i'm doing the wright thing at the wright time. I notice that I am working like that I have only two weeks to do the work. I have to learn how to create arts the wright way to avoid to find my self creation block like it is now. =0S

Anyway, that it for now.

So enjoy! =0)

09 September 2005, 04:25 PM
Hi Aline,

Nice work so far on your sketch. I like the stylised look of your dragon and the horse's expression is very dramatic. Will you be doing different angles of your scene?

09 September 2005, 04:36 PM
Thank you!

I already did change my view, but i'm not quite sure of it so far. At first I was please with this view but since I tried to put the background i'm not so contempt with the view no more. Maybe i'll change it again. I want the viewers to feel the action, to be right in it. But I have difficulties to achieve it.

Thank you though for your encouragment.

See ya! :)

09 September 2005, 01:46 AM (

Hi there!

I spent some time working on the horse. I did work a bit the background too. Still I know that I can improof my art but having a lake of time because of my work I cannot concentrate much on my drawing. Hope that I can make it until the end of the contest.

Ho yes, thank you for your comments they are very precious.

See ya. =0)

09 September 2005, 01:55 AM
hie there~i think i prefer the position of the guy in the earlier piece,seems alil more dynamic than the current around with the mood,the greyish sky color seems alil odd matching with the forground.nice action of the horse~keep it coming:)

09 September 2005, 03:56 AM
Yes, for the background it's only a placeholder for now. I only started the forground of it. I wait to have inspiration and patience to attack it . ;o) For the knight position, i'll try to recover the old version. I already reworked the armor: "DOH!". (I didn't submit that version yet). But since I found the recepies to do it, so I'm sure that I'll have no problem to redo the armor.

Thank you again for your advises!:)

09 September 2005, 05:25 AM
I image how your work will play around if you'll cover the dragon with bright metallic scales!!! And it seems to me you should reduce the fragment of the right rock. It makes less evident the edge of the sword and horns.

Good luck!

09 September 2005, 05:32 AM
The horse is particularly good: the angle, the expression. Very dramatic.

Maybe if you put more of a curve in the body of the hero (like a soft 'c' shape), it would increase the sense of power in him.

Also, if you increase the angles in the background so that they point inward toward the action in the foreground, it might punch out the image more. Not sure. You would have to experiment more.

Great work though! I love the concept. Looking forward to seeing more.

09 September 2005, 11:17 PM
Your advises are good and constructive! I am glad that you appriciate both my work so far. The weekend is beginning so I will work hard on my work to enhence it.

Thank you again to both of you! :)

09 September 2005, 03:40 AM (

Hi there!

I am rethinking the pose of the knight. I want it to be more dynamic. don't worry I did not scrap my concept. It just that i am in a phase of restructuring the composition. That's why I show here some sketches that i choose for the knight caracter. give me your opinion if you like. i'm in a hesitation mood right now.

So that's it for now!

See ya! =0)

09 September 2005, 11:34 PM
Very dynamic poses! I like either of the first two better than the original.

09 September 2005, 11:59 PM
I'm actually working on the second pose. Hope that it will do the job. =0)

Thank you again for your opinion!

See ya! :)

09 September 2005, 01:05 AM (

Hi there! here is the new pose of the knight! ok, my work look like a puzzle, but i'm trying to find the good compo before completing the coloring phase. I had to resize my work to give me a flexibility with my perspective. So don't hesitate to give me your advise.

That's it for now! (I'm hoping to find something good for the background)...Inspiration! Where are you? ;0)

See ya!

09 September 2005, 02:30 AM (

I'm still giving an hour or two on my drawing. I think that I begin to get a hand on the technic. I started to work on the background. I'm not sure yet about the color, so don't worry i'll work this out.

That's it for now. So enjoy! =0)

See ya!

09 September 2005, 04:44 AM
very cool stuff ,all the sketches, the scared horse looks fun


09 September 2005, 12:22 PM
thats looking really good mate. l;ove the horse

09 September 2005, 01:39 PM
Hi Cyberarts... your work is looking really good this far... love the horse, his expression is fantastic. I was just about to say I really liked position 2 for the knight, but now I see it in practice, I'm not so sure... maybe it needs the scabbard putting back in... or it might be that the angle he's jumping at and his placement makes him look like he's riding the dragon! And actually, thinking about it, if you follow that swing through, he wouldn't do the dragon much damage.. so on hindsight, maybe 1 might be the better pose. And bring back the red dragon from the first sketch, he was so mean looking!

That aside, great work with the details you've got in so far, I look forward to seeing how this gets on!

09 September 2005, 11:22 PM
Yesterday I was asking to my self If I had put back my red dragon. The answer came. Thank's to Zepyhri ;0). And yes, the red dragon will be back. (yeah!) For the knight position I'll try some other poses or change the actual position a bit. i'll see what I can do. Keep sending me comments they are very appreciate!

Thank you again to Wil, Squibbit and Zepyhri for your encouragement!

See ya! :)

09 September 2005, 12:18 AM
exelent concepts.... keep it up man!:thumbsup:

10 October 2005, 12:33 AM (

Hi there!

I didn't have much time this weekend to work on my drawing. So here is the start of the dragon. It's a work in progress for now. I just hope to have a bit much time this week to keep on going on my work...

So 'til the next time, enjoy!

See ya! =0)

10 October 2005, 03:56 AM (

I couldn't go to sleep before I had done the scale on the dragons neck! Now my hand hurts. It time for me to go to sleep now...


See ya

10 October 2005, 12:45 PM
Superb detail already! The horse is looking Great!

10 October 2005, 01:36 PM
Hi Cyberarts - you've got some powerful action going on there, it looks very promising!

Something that doesn't sit right with me is the bright red colour of the dragon since the ambient light is green. If the light source is green, then it doesn't have any (or much) red wavelength to reflect back, hence red objects will appear really dark. It just makes the dragon seem a bit incongruous and not part of the scene if you know what I mean.

Also, the lighting seems a bit inconsistent - the character's armour appears to be lit from different angles in different places.

I really like the terrified horse and the strength of emotion you're putting into it!

10 October 2005, 01:55 AM (

Hi there!

Tonight, i work on the dragon position. There is no detail yet on it for now. I just wonder how I to find the patience to do it. I added some flame that came out of the mouth of the dragon. (Is it too much?). Anyway, when i'll finish to place my caracters i will figure something to make them fit with the background. I know that the dragon is contrasting with the color of the background. (Maybe it will be easier to change the color of the backgrouns) i'll see what I can do. I don't want my peace to look like a pizza. =0S

So that's it for now.

Enjoy! =0)

See ya!

10 October 2005, 02:22 AM
The flame coming out of the dragon's mouth is not too much. I actually like that there is only a spittle of flame rather than the traditional full gush of flame that we often see with dragons.

The image is definitely starting to come together. If you don't change the colours in the dragon, you will not only have to change the colours in the background, but also the colours reflecting onto the hero and the horse. The red colour would be boucing everywhere because it is so bright.

10 October 2005, 03:31 AM
Hiya Aline! You done such a fantastic job on the dragon and the horse simply is amazing, so much expressin and well painted.
a tiny sugestion, if i was the night i wouldnt try to stryke the dragon from that osition, i'd turn the sword and try to stick my sword into his back/neck, whatever offers. hope that made sense.
keep up your great work, best of luck and great to do another work along with u! keep on rocking!:buttrock: :wip: :beer:

10 October 2005, 08:42 AM
Your experimentation with composition and colour has inspired me so much, you seem to invent new images so quickly and the colouring is superb.

Well done so far, I'll watch and learn.

Best of luck


10 October 2005, 06:47 AM
Exellent! :thumbsup:

That horse is so dead :scream:

10 October 2005, 01:20 AM (

Hi there!
I'm trying to find time to continue my work. But here is my last version. First I tried to change the posision of the sword of the knight, and the position of one of his legs. I'm still asking myself some questions about how to get a dynimic jump for the knight although his armor can limited his mouvment. Anyway, i'll see later if I have to work on him again. I also work on the detailing of the dragon body. I'm far from over with that task but I'm gettin' trough.

I want to thank everybody for their encouragment and tips I appreciate a lot. =0)

So that's it for now.

Enjoy! =0)

See ya!

10 October 2005, 01:37 AM
admiring your patience (hehe, dragonscales can be such a pain....) great work on the dragon.
turning the sword is cool. more powerfull. I'm not 100% convinced if motionblur is of help here. a great possebilety to show movement, specially on knights, would be a cape, maybe try if that fits :)
keep up the great work, great new update, keep on rocking! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10 October 2005, 01:04 AM (

Hi there!

I keep workin' on the details of the dragons. I have not much to say for now, because my brain is slow down by a cold. =0S

So enjoy! =0)

See ya!

10 October 2005, 12:41 PM
Great progress! Be careful with the colors though, it is starting to look segmented.

10 October 2005, 08:18 PM
i'm starting to be stress out! =0S

I'm affraid that the next move will scrap my work.


10 October 2005, 08:32 PM
Dont stress, it is looking good, just play with the lighting and color saturations so it looks more natural, you are almost there!

10 October 2005, 03:58 PM
Hi there!

I didn't manage to work on my image this week! To many hours at work and a bad cold. I hope to give you something soon. I wish that i'll figure something to fix my image. The caracters are very strong compare to the background that i have to modify anyway. I think that I didn't have a good method to keep consistancy on my work. Anyway, i'm still learning.

So that's it for now.

See ya!:)

10 October 2005, 04:24 PM
A horse like that should look tougher than than, with all respect.:)

10 October 2005, 08:26 PM
amazing artwork! i love this piece! keep up the good work. and keep on showing guys like me how it is done, since i know i need to be shown.

10 October 2005, 09:40 PM
Thatís looking very nice.

I do think a little more work on the shadows would add to this image, making it more dynamic. The lighting still seems too general, muted...considering that it's night time.

It might also be nice to see more details on the dragons wing(s), perhaps veins or even some tattered holes, maybe make the colouring less even here and there more patchy? Just a thought. On the whole I like the idea, just keep going with the details and lighting. For example, try adding a nice dark shadow under the dragon...

10 October 2005, 08:35 AM
Hi! Your dragon looks very great! I really like it! I'm waiting for your update! Good luck!

10 October 2005, 03:23 PM
Nice work on those scales :)
I think the color on the skin in the mouth is a little too bright. I understand there is fire glaring, but I think the skin part near us should be a little darker, and slip a little more into the same color as the scales near it.

10 October 2005, 01:58 AM
Your encouragments and your advices are giving me the inspiration that I need! I'll try those tips right away!

Thank you all again, your help is very appreciate!

10 October 2005, 02:05 AM
*jaw drops* Holy crap! That's some SWEET forced perspective there.

10 October 2005, 02:59 AM
Don't get discouraged and don't give up. Your piece is looking great and deserves to be finished. I love all the detail!


10 October 2005, 03:42 AM (

Hi there! here i tried to tone down the red color on the dragon. then i try to put some shadows on the knight. is it too strong? maybe. I also change the color of the inside of the mouth of the dragon. I'm not sure about de blueish toung for now. finaly I add details on the horse.

I hope that I'm on the right track so far...=0)

So that's it for now! more to come!!!


See ya! =0)

10 October 2005, 12:56 AM
Very cool work.
Some comments; it would be cool to see more color variation in the background. Also the knights legs overlap and the two legs blend together as one. It would be visually stonger to have the legs not overlap. One trick is to draw a figure as a silhouette to help with figureing out the positioning on the legs.

10 October 2005, 12:45 PM
Good wing on the dragon. I think his head a body are still a little too close in value and saturation, but I might be wrong.

10 October 2005, 03:32 AM
but i prefer the first coloring wip character pose it looks more powerful. it looks great after u make the detail. goodluck.:bounce:

10 October 2005, 05:33 AM
This is looking very impressive now, great work on those details fella! Maybe the holes in the wings look a little too uniformed, maybe a more 'tattered' look would make it look more natural and so realistic. Having said that, you might want this kind of look. Just a suggestion.

Impressive work.

10 October 2005, 12:01 AM
Thank you guys for your comments.

Steve-h: I am thinkin' the same way about the wing. I'll see what I can do to make the ripping more natural.

Jose Pardo: I understand what you mean (I think...). I'll see what I can do to fixe that saturation situation.

henryz_jetsam and tAsty BITs: For the knight position you might be right, but I think for now that I will keep that pose. (I already did some changes during the process). Maybe if I have some time left I'll try a other pose. But thank dough! =0)

For now my main concern is the background. I did some test (I didn't show them yet) but I'm not satisfied with what I did so far.

I don't give up, I'm sure I will find something for this background.

So thanks to you all again. =0)

More to come soon! :)

10 October 2005, 05:47 AM
You do some nice work keep it up. I like how clean and polished your art is. You may want to experement with texture.

10 October 2005, 08:12 PM (

Hi there!

I started here to work on the background. I'm not done yet with this task. I'm not satisfied with the result. I hope to find a way to make my caracters feel more that they are in the environment that I'm trying to create.

Any comments is welcome, so please don't hesitate. =0)

That's it for now!

So enjoy!

See ya! =0)

10 October 2005, 08:25 PM
The wing is looking better, I would suggest trying to get some thickness into it though, right now it looks like it's very thin, like it has no height value.

A tip for making the characters look like they are really in the environment is to use some of the same colour that are in the environment, in the characters. like if your background has green in it, then the characters might be backlit with green, or have green in their shadows.

keep going


10 October 2005, 10:54 PM
man this is awesome! i LOVE the horse! bahahaha ... awesome. :arteest:

10 October 2005, 01:27 AM (

Hi there! I work on the background. I'm almost done I think. I still have to do some details but not that much.

So that's it for now.

Your comments are always welcome...=0)

see ya!

10 October 2005, 10:51 AM
It is really sth! very nice indeed!

10 October 2005, 12:07 PM
This is very nice work dude.Exellent.

10 October 2005, 12:11 PM

nice details and drama.
However I think the painting has to be simplified, because everything is a bit on the same level.
The cliffs, the moon, the castel , and even the dragon's wings don't need to be as much detailed as the knight and the horse, or the dragon's face. Simplify the backgrounds, and it will create more depth ; the spectator will read the action easily, and it will be more spectacular.

Good luck.

11 November 2005, 08:34 AM
hi man! Some fine arts going on here in this thread :) I must fully agree with Arctis, who said exactly what I had in mind. Sometimes its enough just to show some silhuets in the background to show everything (and than the human brain reads as if its completly detailed)... There I mean esspecially the castle and clifs. Dont make them bring too much attention, coz they r not the main interesting point in the pic. as well the dragons body dont need to be that detailed. I know that after a lots of hours of work on some part its difficult to simply erase everything (huh, how many times I have to battle with myself for erasing some parts out of the image :D) but at the end it shows as a much better result. And the piec is also much easier to read for the viewer. Keep up the good work buddy! Will stay in touch for further updates.

11 November 2005, 01:10 AM
arctis and NinjaASSN, i understand your point here. I have to learn when to stop the detailling. Or at least where to keep the details at the right place.:D
I'll see what I can do to create the depht that you are talking. I don't mind to redo the background.
I am learning here how to created good illustration. I notice with time that it is different working on computer compare to paper. I'm drawing sence I can handle a pen. Now i am feeling like a begginner when i'm trying to do something on my computer. :p But i'm still learning...

Thank you for your tips. I'll apply them on my next submission. :)

See ya!

11 November 2005, 01:49 AM
Your image is really starting to come together really well with all the elements meshing well together. My main comment would be the dragon's wing. I personally feel it draws the eye too much away from the action. It may be because it has too much texturing detail in it.

The other comment I have is the dragon's eye. He appears to be looking beyond the horse at something outside the frame. It might be better with the dragon's focus completely on the horse.

Great work! Nearly there! :thumbsup:

11 November 2005, 02:31 AM (

I'm not proud of what I did. I try to remove the detailing around those main caracters so I can have a depht feel. I think that I did too much! =0S
Don't worry I still have my original intact. ;0)

It's just a test.I hope that I can nail it next time.

So see ya!

11 November 2005, 06:48 AM
Hi! I think that the cliffs in the foreground must not be blurred, and only the distant background may be blurred, but not too much. And one more. In my view the moon looks like a lamp because of the large, dark shadow. I think you should remove it. But it's only my opinion. I wish you good luck! :)

11 November 2005, 01:47 PM
I prefer the image you posted on Oct 31, IMHO the color was better and I agree with Artis comments. Stay on it you are making good progress!

11 November 2005, 01:15 AM (

Ok now i'm back on track. I work on my original one. I did some blurring on the far background and a little bit on the dragon tail. Now i'm more satisfy with the result. By going slowly i will not mess things up.

So that's it for now. =0)


See ya! =0D

11 November 2005, 10:59 AM
Good work and colors!

11 November 2005, 02:20 PM
Hi, cyberarts, your drawing is spectacular and work on the dragon is
even more.
E.T :cool:

11 November 2005, 04:48 PM
Hi there! Because of a busy weekend I don't have time to work on my piece. I hope that I can find time to finish my drawing.

So 'till next time, enjoy!

See ya!

11 November 2005, 06:02 PM (

Hi there! ok, I know that I just said that I have no time to work on my drawing. But I take time to look at it and I couldn't resist to tweek things. By lookin' at the image I found that my background was a bit too greeny, so I tone it down a bit. Now the green does not attack my eyes anymore. Hope that you agree.

So I think that I'm almost done with this art. This doesn't mean that I am finish, "au contraire!" ;0)

Thank you for your feedbacks, they are very precious.

So enjoy!

See ya

11 November 2005, 07:15 PM
It works well as a whole what is the most important I think. With some lighten parts u also put some details in front. Now, for the final touch I suggest u to play a bit with color, saturation and level settings, to get as much as u get from this piece. Good luck in submiting the final piece! :)

11 November 2005, 12:48 PM
Good Job! Good detail, step away from it for a week if you can and look at it with fresh eyes then.

11 November 2005, 04:18 AM
Hi there! Due to over time at work and a web contract at home I didn't manage to find time to continue my illustration. I hope that I find some free time soon so I can complete my art.

So 'till my next submission (soon I promess) I wish to you all good night...

See ya!:)

11 November 2005, 06:02 PM (

I there! Here I just added some small details on the front. Like bits of rocks here and there. It's seems that I'm done with this art. I have to rework my artline before submiting the final image.

So thank you all for your comments! They still appriciated. =0)

So 'till next time,
See ya!=0D

11 November 2005, 06:49 PM
Very nice piece i have to say but did you try to color the
background with a blue tone ? maybe the moonlight scenery
would be more distinct. greetings

12 December 2005, 04:37 AM (

So here is my art line. It's not my best work cause i draw directly in photoshop. Yes I admit I draw directly over my main work. I didn't feel to redoing the drawing entirely. Shame on me! I hope that on the next contest I will have acquire a scanner so I can show what I can really do with a pen. The end is coming very fast. I still have to submit my final final. It's coming...So that's it for now...See ya!

12 December 2005, 06:16 AM
Best of Luck to you!

12 December 2005, 04:50 AM (


When I started this contest I was reading a series of fantastic novels that were telling a story about knights, dragons and other fantastic creatures in an imaginary kingdom. Those stories inspired me this image of a couragous knight fighting against the last dragon who is threatning an entire kingdom. In this image after a suprising attack from the dragon, the horse felt to the ground as the knight jump to give the ultimate hit to save the life of his fellow horse and the kingdom. There it is. That is the story behind this image.

Thank you,

With all my best regard,

Aline Desruisseaux (cyberarts).

12 December 2005, 03:56 PM
Hi, your painting final is really cool, good luck. E.T :cool:

12 December 2005, 01:10 AM
Congratulations for finishing your image. You've worked really hard on it and I wish you all the best. The colours are great and the horse and dragon in particular are exceptional.

Great work! :bounce:

12 December 2005, 01:18 AM
wow, your final really turned out fantastic, the dragon and the horse are top notch, and you went trough a huge progress, congratulations!
best of luck on the finals and I'm looking forward to see you next challenge :)

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