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Wayne jermaine
03 March 2006, 09:42 AM

03 March 2006, 09:53 AM
Yeah, your work is sweet.. and this painting is already looking nice
Sretno Stjepane!

03 March 2006, 10:48 AM
Well impressive but is it a real surprise:scream:. To crit a little I find there are too much dragons that makes too much complexity to the picture and not enough space to "breathe"; Maybe you can keep the mass impression with erasing to near ones and make more on background.

03 March 2006, 05:14 PM
absolutely impressive!! love the dragons! :eek:
amazing what u got in so little time! :applause:

i agree with the previous post though! more on the background and less in foreground!

03 March 2006, 05:40 PM
say no more:eek:
i'll stalking you..

03 March 2006, 05:46 PM
wow,that's a gorgeous image..well done!
the dragons sweeping down add an epic feeling to it...awesome work!

03 March 2006, 06:32 PM
Just keeps getting better and better Neb :)

03 March 2006, 07:56 PM
Holy sh... this is really amazing work you`re showing us here!!!

03 March 2006, 08:58 PM (

the willowfolk pixie Ethelya was ordered to be tyrs guard..yeah Ethelya was smal in size but the spirit chanelling powers of the willowfolk were truly legendary and ethelya was more than up to the challenge..anyways just workin on it

03 March 2006, 09:05 PM
soooooo cuteeee!!! kawaii!! wheee cepo!! :love:

03 March 2006, 09:14 PM
Very cute indeed :)

Very minor point though: the swords hangs a bit weird, I mean, the belt is attached below the gravetypoint of the sword, so it would topple over. It should be attached to the top instead of the bottom I think.

03 March 2006, 09:16 PM
Wooooooo! You have the killer tempo, updates are better and better :) Where this one will finsh?! In First place :D Keep working, friend! :)

03 March 2006, 09:20 PM
Ohh, nice really cute :D
I love it.
Now... go check my challenge thread, I could use your comments :D

03 March 2006, 10:46 PM
Wow wow looks so great already....the final image will be amazing for sure! Give us some more;)

03 March 2006, 11:48 PM
Your newest WIP is killer, great use of colors and the perspective is very well excecuted. I'm very excited to see how this progresses, keep it comin!

03 March 2006, 01:34 AM
hey Nebezial, great painting... keep it up, I really can't wait to see your work..:twisted:

03 March 2006, 01:47 AM
U seem to be very popular dude, hehe, Almost 10,000 posts in 1 week, damn dude!!! great updates, no crits as usual!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:34 AM
i dont know but this is in my winning list.keep rocking neb:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 02:36 AM
So in brief, is your technique paint + blend?:D

03 March 2006, 03:42 AM
I thought the sketch was a lot more emotional. Perhaps you will add a second character back in at a later time?

03 March 2006, 05:43 AM
this is awesome man, i cant to close my mouth .....

03 March 2006, 05:56 AM
Nothing to crit... just if I can have an another chance to have an another life after mine... I just want to be you... with your skills :scream: hahahaha...:beer: :bowdown:

03 March 2006, 05:57 AM
dude...u r dammmm good man......:bowdown:be my teacher plzzzzzzzzzz....i want to see you in the top in this contest... n u will do it.....:bowdown::bowdown:

03 March 2006, 08:48 AM
One of my favorites, that´s for sure.
My only crit at this state would be that you shouldn´t go that much into details.
You incline to exaggerate contrasts which first of all is a good thing. But when you combine those worked out images into one you will loose the focus on the whole picture and i think you already have. Right now everything in this picture is important to look at.
Maybe it would be wise to make your mind up what´s most important in that picture, than second and so on. The most important areas then will get all the contrasts and vivid colors, the others...well, who cares about them anyway :D

I especially love the idea behind. Keep up the great work.

03 March 2006, 09:13 AM
today i discovered that i hate you.


03 March 2006, 09:58 AM
OMG! I never seen anyone work that fast... Neo :P
Anyway at this point it hopeless to comepeat with you. Dragons r just amazing... and there is so much adventire flow around this pic i dubt anyone can do better in this field.

Still to be in the contest next to this pic - now that something i can do :] And Im gonna :P

Keep it up :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 10:32 AM
Before I had even finished putting my idea down onto paper you had already blocked out your composition. Keep up the pace.

03 March 2006, 10:38 AM
I don't know, it is a nice image and all, I just don't get the feeling that the pixie is going on a journey, its just sitting there.

03 March 2006, 10:42 AM
My bad!!! Spoke too early, I only saw your latest update, seeing the whole thing makes me feel realy stupid. It looks amazing!! I'll go somewere and die now

03 March 2006, 10:58 AM
that´s a pixie alright :bounce: really nice one...

and say hello to your burgleralarm :p

03 March 2006, 11:34 AM
this is grait! the lihgt is wonderful!

03 March 2006, 02:15 PM
Hey neb, Your work is pretty amazing, and best part is ...your work is fast and clean.
the lighting is great.
Good luck


03 March 2006, 03:56 PM
WOW, really fantastic work !
Can you pleeeease post one full resolution (or at least nearly full res.) image when you've finished your entry?

btw: do you have any webste where I could adore your work? :D

03 March 2006, 04:28 PM
xeptional cute pixie :) keep on goin mate

03 March 2006, 06:25 PM (

ik i was playin around with kal the elf girl..u see when it domes to determination she often surpasses tyr so i was fiddlin around with the idea of her standing

03 March 2006, 06:29 PM
whoaaa so many replies..arrgh i really hade doing the collective thank you but i really have to i gorr to get back to work comics is a hard working industry like any other, about crits thank you got some good advices and about everything looking to be of same importance i intend to do a serious experiment of working things out thru color..maybe it will work maybe it won time will tell but its a point well taken, about the pixies sword i have to find the original design and ill show it to clear it out , gtg ppl:love: :love: :love:

03 March 2006, 06:30 PM
I think I like her better sitting, it makes her look a bit more calm, in contrast to Tyr. Beautifull as always in any case.:D

03 March 2006, 06:32 PM
I think I prefer her standing :D They look more together and ready to leave, then when she is sat down.

Awsome work!

03 March 2006, 06:35 PM
i have no idea which i prefer,either way...calisto looks great in this image :D :applause:

03 March 2006, 06:38 PM
I'd like to see her standing in the full image, just to see how it effects the composition.

My gut reaction is that it' be better, giving more weight to the top left, and a more swooping motion of the eye down and through the center of the piece

03 March 2006, 06:47 PM
I like her standing as well. Who are we talking about?

03 March 2006, 06:47 PM
I think if she sitting , image should title " the jounrney not yet begin " but when she standing , it will be the journey begin!! heheheh just my opinion man!

03 March 2006, 07:11 PM
awesome !
I like it,lcongrats man!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:29 PM
I like her standing for the same reasons that everyone else has mentioned... But when she's sitting she has long statuesque legs, and her body is a lot shorter when she's standing: She's lost about 10 years in age! But then, she is an elf... but I don't know the character that well, and you obviously do. So you'll have to choose some solution that makes he look her proper height and age (even though none of us will know! :) )

Looking good!


03 March 2006, 07:30 PM
I don't know why, but I prefer here sitting/laying down.

03 March 2006, 07:37 PM
Just to make this a lively discussion, I will take a stand for her sitting down...

it sets her farther apart from Tyr, as well literally as from a dramatic point of view. She really makes a different statement about the journey when she remains sitting until the last minute. I think I like that because opposed to Tyr's total commitment and enthousiasm this adds more depth and contrast to the scene. Makes you ask more questions (doesn't she trust him? Why not? She seen it all before?) and the more questions the better:).

03 March 2006, 07:38 PM
Hmm I like her standing better than the other one, but thats also because her pose in the first one is a bit half-upright. Maybe you could try one with her lying relaxed on the grass, arms behind her head and stuff. Make her lazy as a contrast to the other character, who is pointing and has a generally more active pose. (on the other hand, it would also turn the attention away from her which is maybe not what you're aiming for :) )

03 March 2006, 07:42 PM
i like the sitting one.:twisted:

03 March 2006, 09:14 PM
Having That Girl On The Left Stand Is A Good Idea

Keep It Up Man

03 March 2006, 09:26 PM (

ok so i went for now with the Kal standing but to keep the balance i inserted one of my favorite characters thewellis the orientated, Ae'terra's greatest(self proclaimed) cartographer and guide for the adventurers...

03 March 2006, 09:28 PM
me like the standing up pose :bounce: gives me the feeling that they really are about to begin the journey...

03 March 2006, 09:33 PM
Very good so far, we can have a nice glance of the final image, Keep it up Stiepan

03 March 2006, 09:35 PM
Funny looking guy, can we get a close-up? :bounce:

03 March 2006, 10:43 PM
Loving it, loving it, loving it!! :D
I dont mind the standing pose, I also liked her a lot when she was sitting. In fact, I think I prefered her when she was sitting, but this one is still as good. The character u added does indeed gives it a good balance!! Keep up! ;)

03 March 2006, 11:47 PM
me like the standing up pose :bounce: gives me the feeling that they really are about to begin the journey...

I agree, I was just thinking the same thing.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 12:03 AM
In the relaxed Version, there was character difference between them noticeable. The Focus was on him, showing the direction where the journey is going and she was more easey going. I Liked that a bit more though.

Similar to this pic Skies of arcadia (

But it still rocks for sure :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 12:38 AM
This just keeps getting better and better, I really dig the composition. I especially like the changes you made regarding the left side of the image, makes it much more dramatic, great going.

03 March 2006, 01:04 AM
wow man!

the worst in this, that this still not the final image!!!

love characters, and lil flying dragonz!

03 March 2006, 04:35 AM
already fabulous and its not yet completed

good going man

wish i had the speed

03 March 2006, 05:56 AM
Nice, so far dude! I would suggest giving the compo some air, but it is up to u, already amazing work!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:40 AM
Ahhh...the girl is standing....but i must admit compo is great when she was sitting down but like what the guideline says....its story first, tech second.

Im loving this wip nebz.....keep it up

03 March 2006, 07:57 AM
...but it is up to u..
Just keep doing, what you do and keep the migthy power of Dragonflame buring in your heart :)

03 March 2006, 08:15 AM
personaly i think she is good standing up.. either way son.... o and about your reply on my thread.. I AM NOT A PAINTER USER.. photshop all the way son. what gave you that idea?

03 March 2006, 10:36 AM
I love the color in this! I was thinking about it and had to look again. The warms and cools, the saturation; the more I look the more I want to see.

03 March 2006, 11:36 AM
wow!!! great drawing. when finished, It will be beautiful.

03 March 2006, 12:13 PM
Hi Neb,

the whole time I already admire your work for this challenge. I am inspired! I love the colors and the atmosphere. Your picture tells a whole legend. Top!


03 March 2006, 12:25 PM
Outtanding work nebz! man .. youre getting better and better so fast :applause:
Composition is better now with her standing imho ... and the vibrant colors combined with your lightning skills make this very very cool

man...i dont even want to know how cool your comic will be :D

cheers nebz rock on!


03 March 2006, 05:35 PM
umm, very nice work but might be a bit busy.. you know, too much going on, too much things to look at, takes away from the mood.

03 March 2006, 06:20 PM
Comin along well. Keep it comin.

03 March 2006, 06:34 PM
umm, very nice work but might be a bit busy.. you know, too much going on, too much things to look at, takes away from the mood.

i'm half agreeing here,but i think u got what it takes to make it great,it may be busy but its suprsingly easy to read too.

and this is coming from NOOB! and not ur regular kiss ass nebezial fanboy :D

03 March 2006, 07:00 PM
Wow! That is just wonderful!:thumbsup::eek:

03 March 2006, 08:57 PM (

well here is the cartographer closeup..flu is killin mae and im addicted to work lol..thats a bad combo

03 March 2006, 09:00 PM
tell me about it i am same at mo... good update. nothing to crit.. just stunning.. brilliant chracter you got

03 March 2006, 09:10 PM
first of all thanx for the support would take ages toi answer all of you so instead ill just do my best to return a favor and give a helping hand Vyse_soa hehehe ur replies allways hit the spot my friend:thumbsup:
Vahn weel my comic basically looks..well like this work here
anyways my head is pounding sop a big thankyou to all and ill visit ur threads:love:

03 March 2006, 09:11 PM
I am amazed at all the beautiful detail you've incorporated into your image without making it look fussy. I so so love this painting :)

03 March 2006, 10:04 PM (

slapped on details on tyrs face

love the had design. marvelous work mate. keep it up.

03 March 2006, 10:10 PM
hmmmm...did they point the finger at people in the times when faries and dragons and other stuff used to dwell (in theory)...what would the judges say :deal: cheeres :applause: jolly good show!!

03 March 2006, 10:29 PM
what res *width/height* are u working at right now bro?

03 March 2006, 11:30 PM

I must admit that I'm a 135 % jalouse of you for your drawing talent !

However, I find that the drawings however good do not really evoke the feeling of journey.

What about something about a baloon with a completely akward and really too diffucult perspective ? I thought about it myself, but I'm afraid it's beyond my abilities for the moment .....

03 March 2006, 11:40 PM
Haha, I didn't notice that your thread already had 22 pages .... I should have guessed so !

I still think that the scene needs a little more beginning of the journey feeling - perhaps a little more stuff around the main characters ? Some bags, suitcases or other stuff ? If they are going on a journey, they will need to bring some things with them ?

03 March 2006, 01:53 AM
Wow, you're progressing insanely fast. Keep it up, you're doing a great job so far.

03 March 2006, 02:06 AM
Oh, hope you'll get well soon :thumbsup:

Did anyone told you how good you are? :)
If they forgot, I'll tell it again :)

Pixie is great :)
you made good perspective to the image.

I wondered... is there any way to throw more light at Pixie?
Just to show that she is in the centrum of all that.
Your image is already awesome, maybe just a hint of light or something else.... ?

BTW, nice green monster-man-bird.... whatever exactly it is :)

Take some tea, but please don't stop working ;)
See ya

03 March 2006, 03:07 AM
wow fantastic work so far.

your progress is amazing! -- and so quick too... wow.

i was just curious what kind of settings and brushes you use (and which program, for that matter) to get such a clean image with just the right amount of tonal and texture variation.

if this has been answered before, a simple link to the post would be greeeaaattt.

thanks a lot and good luck!!!


03 March 2006, 07:09 AM
oh noo i think we got a future winner:eek: !!

03 March 2006, 07:46 AM
I can't not comment on your work...

Every time I see the dragon on the ground, I almost get goosebumps... He looks so incredible pleased with himself, that I can't belive someone could actually capture that in a drawing/painting!! I love dragons, and that one is just up my alley!! The new addition, the cartographer, is also very nice! The second I saw him I knew he was some kind of navigator for this journey.

I'm just worried about something that has been mentioned earlier... The picture might get a big crowded... But then again, I don't think that it is at the moment... And if you look at some of the winners of previous challenges, many of them have a lot of stuff happening at the same time... *hint* you've a winner *hint* :thumbsup:

Can't wait to see the final image, so I'll have something to put on my desktop...

03 March 2006, 09:25 AM
I'm never sure whether I want to cry or cheer when I take a look at your thread, Stjepan :p! Looks amazing. The colours and liveliness of the piece are already really outstanding. What can I add but keep up the great work :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:22 AM
Great work so far. It seams that you will be done with your picture next week if you continue like this. :)

The colors, idea, characters ... everything is top quality work. Good luck.

03 March 2006, 12:03 PM
uooww man, fantastic work!! :eek: certainly you´re one of the favourites!! :bounce:

good luck

03 March 2006, 12:12 PM
I am out of words really - I think it looks fantastic and looking at the dragons expression just totally makes me smile - it's such a happy sight.. *happy sigh*

03 March 2006, 12:30 PM
@dyren : nebz is working with ps and here are some cool tutorials where he gives insight into some of his working methods and techniques in ps >>>link ( <<<


03 March 2006, 01:08 PM
I love the cartographer :D
He's just as cool as Tyr, and "no nose" Nebezial :D

(Check my challenge, I could use some more crits!)

03 March 2006, 02:03 PM
Wow !! very impressive skecth

i love your color and tone in there a lot!!!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 04:39 PM
whoa!! great stuff, nebz!! it looks really really great!! im so happy you added more characters!! cheers! the colours are beautifull!yind yoya!:love:

03 March 2006, 05:16 PM
Awesome! really cool to see your progress, and thanks for the tutorial contibutions, saw them today, cool tips!

good luck!;)

03 March 2006, 05:24 PM
I like the personalities of the chericters. This is crazy good.

03 March 2006, 07:26 PM
Great work man, as always! Keep it up it will be another masterpiece! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:08 PM
Great idea great concepts great all, good luck men :D

03 March 2006, 09:47 PM
bloody hell, this is one of the coolest characters I've seen so far.

03 March 2006, 12:08 AM
Well stivn,you sure know your stuff.
Im just about this close :applause: to getinto 2d aswell man.

keep bringing inspiration arround,,and Lindach,,, :wavey:

seeya guys.

03 March 2006, 04:30 AM
Hey Neb,

Just wanted to say amazing work. :thumbsup:
Your really inspire me to be a better artist. :wise:

I do have a question for you....

How did you learn to draw your characters the way you do? School, books, self taught?
If there is any books out there to help with this topic, I would appreciate any suggestions.

Also when your drawing your characters do you think about the anatomy from medical point of view (such as, "Oh I better get this latissumus dorsi right") or man his back muscles dont look right? I dont know whether to know the muscles by heart or not?

Suggestions for an aspiring artist would be helpful.

Thanks a bunch and cant wait for more source material for your tutorials.

03 March 2006, 10:27 AM
Wow, this is really coming together! These astonishing characters are definitely going places. Will you be adding a mode of transportation for them?

03 March 2006, 10:29 AM
Hey, The Cartographer looks very cool, like a mix between a monkey and a dragon. Nice face expression! :)

I like the whole idea too. I will be watching this, cheers :)

03 March 2006, 10:33 AM
fantastic job so far neb~i'll just sit back and enjoy the journey.:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 11:34 AM
dude, Your characters all looks so great and alive,how can I describe...amazing speed
and great enviroment controling, beautiful colour especialy the lighting is crazy
haha I am sure you dun have to do line art, because you just no need
Love your comic...waiting to see more from you :)

03 March 2006, 12:58 PM
i think i found a new GOD to worship man. this stuff is amazing.
do you sell little statues of yourself to pray to?? :)

lookin good man. keep it up.

03 March 2006, 02:33 PM
u rock:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: canna wait for more!!:wip: :cool: :buttrock:

03 March 2006, 02:34 PM
Wonderfull! Man that looks really beautiful, a true masterpiece... :bowdown:

03 March 2006, 02:41 PM
impressive progress you've made,

& thanks for the other tutorial threads you've made :)..ther's some very good info in them
quietly hoping you'll fire up camtaisa & record some of this amazing work


03 March 2006, 06:33 PM
Great work as usual... the coloring improoved, I know you can still kick more tail...:deal::buttrock:

03 March 2006, 11:06 PM
:D Now I noticed .... the cartographer looks as if he's showing the land his finger, it might be viewed this was from the distance :D Good work, though, keep it going!

03 March 2006, 09:36 AM
hahah thanx for the replies people

budji thanx
yeray thanx
thierry2005 thanx man
A I R yo when are ur updates comin
papalatistudios im self taught basically al it really takes is some persistance and alot of work at first lie anyone else i sucked..i wasnt that big on talent but i was persistent. in school the informations i tried to obtain were really sparse but on the other hand i had some friends to compete of them being the very active AIR here.. basically 3 of us worked our butts of to advance and it took us places
when i draw my characters i think about the logical approach to their the endd names arent all that important but how it all looks in the end. u really want to know the muscles, i really suggest dynamic series of burne hogarth..thet guy really understands the essence of human me great help there
dash2k4 no mode of transportation
Katea hehe thanx
sh@ke. (sh@ke. noo) noo u gunna get ur butt in gear and work on urs
Michael Chang haha thanx man i love ur comic too! the sound of me falling of the chair laughing:D

xric7 haha thanx mate
Crying Horn tx
Stefan_Morrell i will make a video
sergioKomic haha u nut:thumbsup:
MikeTheHunter lol yeah in ur face aeterra!!!

03 March 2006, 09:52 AM
good luck,Nebezial:bounce:

03 March 2006, 10:16 AM
I like this one, really great characters.

One thing with the composition maybe. Couple of the dragons fly off camera, which leads the eye off camera as well. Think if you dropped those two, the image would read much better. Also i think one of the dragons maybe fly abit too close to the ground. I'm expecting it to hit the ground with its wings by accident. Apart from that, really cool stuff.

Don't know if this has been mentioned already. its a long thread :), and I didnt manage to read through all of it.

03 March 2006, 04:13 PM
Hi buddy.

What's new? :)

No , seriously, you roxx still more each time I see your work.
i entered to.
Nice to follow you again ;)

03 March 2006, 04:37 PM
wow! Amazing wooot! This is coming along wonderfully. I adore the colours!!

03 March 2006, 04:43 PM
Thanks for replying Neb,

Yeah I went ahead and ordered a few of those Hogarth books,

Dynamic Figures
Dynamic Anatomy
Dynamic Hands

If you want to be a character designer you definitley have to understand anatomy. I realize now that it is more important to understand the way the muscles interact and flow rather than know every single muscle by heart.

Thanks again and keep up the good work.

03 March 2006, 05:31 PM
dude, you are one turbo charged artist... :bounce::bounce:

loves everything in this masterpiece, esp the amount of details you put into it and still manages to layout the composition so nicely.

keep it up and looking forward for the rest of the progress. :thumbsup:

**looks for the subcription button**

03 March 2006, 08:58 PM
isn't it finishet yet??? these colors really seduce me..Good luck then!!Waiting for the rest....

03 March 2006, 12:34 AM
Incredible stuff. I can tell this challenge is inspiring everyone to do their absolute best work. Can't wait to see more.

03 March 2006, 10:54 AM
No need to comment about your work,you 'sycho.

But,where are the updates man,,what,dont tell me the cofee fever got'n you.

Stivn,you ass...:)

03 March 2006, 04:08 PM
stunning work. The composition is very effective. Draws the eye off the right of the frame. I can see your comic skills coming into practice here. and the characters are fab. Full of personality and original in design. This is definately one of my favourites.

03 March 2006, 04:45 PM
wow nice details, and work...good luck:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 07:57 PM
Great, there you go again showing off with some damn good designs and technique...
I'm just going to watch this evolve and get more and more amazed by this every day.
Best of luck to you mister talent!! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 08:30 PM (

played around with some mood layers..finally got a breather lol

03 March 2006, 08:36 PM
U've got to be the most crappiest artist ever, LOL!:p :D

03 March 2006, 08:37 PM
yaay i m back..anyways havent had alot of time these days got buried with comic business but i just got some time..
t_artwichai thanx man
otre i know what u mean but i did those on purpose to add the dose of spontaneous freedoma also dragons are skilled flyers..atleast in aeterra
Neozoom holy cow the french beast is beck have fun vincent
enialadam thankyee
papalatistudios great man, yeah the anatomy makes the basicc of every living thing study it carefully
zelau its far from finished
aaron111 thets the fun part of challenges
A I R thou shall not insult cofee..infidel
domclubb thanx man
melkao thanx
Pixelcounter not talent mate..just aloot of hard work

03 March 2006, 08:43 PM
I like the sky.. impressive wheater... :bounce:

like the rest of the image too ;)

03 March 2006, 09:10 PM
Screw you man :D
That's all I have to say to you for know... ;)

03 March 2006, 09:18 PM
yup...this is a nice looks like the storm is coming...:love:

03 March 2006, 10:19 PM
Beautiful work, man. Keep it up.

03 March 2006, 10:28 PM
This is beautiful!
WOW! I really like this one.

03 March 2006, 06:41 AM
Hi Nebezial, there is no way i can read all the posts in your thread, so excuse me if you already talked about what i´m going to ask.

Don´t ya think that lizzard fella with a map in the left corner is a bit to green? He´s kinda hard to be noticed in the pic... I´m not sure wether this is a prolem or a quality, since it wouldn´t be good if he ended up being the center of the atention for the scene, and the red part of his clothes is what makes we realize he is there. But i still had to force my eyes a little to understand him... Just asking if the rest of his clothing shouldn´t be some other color...

I don´t know... I´m just giving you a subject to think about. The picture is wonderfull, and you are definetelly on the right path, as you already know. See ya!

03 March 2006, 06:49 AM

Looks around, looks behind his shoulders, spins around, just like an ignorant nicca*:p

Nicca, U!!! LOL, u an artist right?? u create stuff right? nah just playin'.:D

Keep rockin the house! already 16,000 views and still counting!!!:thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:56 AM
awesome picture, congratulations

03 March 2006, 09:28 AM
no critics...just great and awesome work ! :thumbsup:

03 March 2006, 06:24 PM
Hi Stephan,

It's amazing to see how much you improved.

The right half is just remarkable. Gorgeous.

03 March 2006, 07:37 PM
Looking great, your technique and use of colour is close to perfect. BUT... all those dragons zooming out of the picture... they really do lead the eye away from the main scene. What would be awesome is to have the dragons swooping from the rear around to the right and then back again and "over" the viewer's head. Hell, it'll still beat mine whatever you do, but I just think the composition is slightly lacking.

03 March 2006, 08:10 AM
Hi Baron! I highly value you opinion and skills but I think that in this case leading the eye in a precise direction, left to right, outside the picture frame (with the gaze of characters and the movement of dragons) is fine, because it implies the subjects are going somewhere, maybe beyond the current scenario. Maybe it's the scenario itself that should make the eye loop inside the picture in a subtle way. The swirling idea is very cool though I don't think it fits the purpose of hinting a journey (or maybe it's me that don't visualize it well).


03 March 2006, 09:24 AM
That's smashing man, very nice work!

03 March 2006, 08:46 PM
Astounding. Great piece!

03 March 2006, 02:37 AM
fantastic as usual neb~like u said~u r just a plain nuts:scream:!

03 March 2006, 03:16 PM
updates! updates! updates! updates! updates! updates!...i want some updates!:twisted:

03 March 2006, 11:25 PM
:cry: ahh!!.....very very impressive you make me cry .

I love your work:love:

03 March 2006, 11:49 PM
really impressive. I especially dig the green guys goggles, hehe...

03 March 2006, 12:23 AM
u really know how to build th picture man! Love everything about it, so sorry for nothing to add :/ later maybe :) keep up the great work! Im really admiring ur work.

03 March 2006, 03:53 AM
dammit I don't have any crits... it's just perfect! :D

03 March 2006, 03:58 AM
most beautifull work nebs, as usual. love the piece, comp, light characters dynamics, fantastic, i see the early stage of piece with high winning potential. hold da pace mate :)

03 March 2006, 04:41 AM
Hey, hey, hey guys, Nebz doesn't need any ass pats here. We don't need to fuel his ego, LOL, jk dude! U gonna update soon? ur fans are waiting!:scream::D

03 March 2006, 08:07 AM
Great composition!, more updates pu~leaeese

03 March 2006, 06:34 PM
Looking good bro. Its coming along nicely. Just keep working on your comic book so we can catch up with you, hehe :p

no critzs at the moment. I'll wait till you start zooming in :twisted:


03 March 2006, 09:44 AM
snowkiwi i know what you mean , its like in every challenge i get ma a serious boost of improvement..that is why i reccomend everyone to join
BaronImpossible thanx man i understand what u mena, i might make a second version when im done with this one there is plenty of time and then ill see which one looks better
Xillion i hat the same thought, and for that i actually made some dragons goin out of the scene , to make u interested..there is sumthin out there , they see it ..i wanna see it get goin allready
derbyQsalano yo DQ u came to visit eh:D
medunecer thanx
sh@ke i know..allthough i think lemog owns the nut franchise lol
melkao buried with work ,ill try and make some updates tnite
SINAD haha you are the last one to talk, ur work is one of my personal favourites
lewiston hehe they are cooll
NinjaASSN thanx man, cant wait to see ur pic develop
Stahlberg whoa..thanx man
the1st_angel..whoa..this aint no angel...this is a choir of angels singin to my ego..hahahha
beelow and theere he comes to wreck the daay..ego goes doown lol , been busy with comics..but illl try to update tnite
skyisnotthelimit i wiil
Arc80 worry not i m whoopin that up like a madman..allmost donre with the planned pages

03 March 2006, 10:00 AM
dang neb! this update is lookin wicked! at this rate you'll be done in no time. You've definitely pushed urself to a new level with this challenge man... props to ya!

03 March 2006, 03:59 PM
my fav 2d for sure, :applause:

03 March 2006, 05:16 AM
very amazing depth you have here, and I love the dragons :) great job bro, hope to see this go far!

03 March 2006, 10:24 AM
Um... I think I will drop out of this contest now, since it's not a contest anymore. Terrific stuff! I can't believe how far this picture has come from its simple beginning! Keep going!

03 March 2006, 08:55 PM
Woooow! Your picture rocks them all! :buttrock: I love the wonderfull colors and details. Good luck!

03 March 2006, 07:33 AM
wheeee i a m visitor 20000. now show an update :twisted: go nebzy lalalala go!:scream:

03 March 2006, 08:38 AM
Wow! The light is just amazing! May be the idea not absolutely clear to me... But anyway great piece man!

03 March 2006, 08:41 AM
whoaah lots of dragons! great job man gudluck!:thumbsup: :bounce:

03 March 2006, 01:55 PM
I'm a real fan of your work ever since I saw those vampire pieces of yours. Really great stuff. This image is looking really good aswell, but if I may, there's one thing that jumps on me everytime I see the image. You'll probably fine tune it later, but imo the girl is standing out a bit too much on the image and that leave the Tyr dude a bit in the shadows. I think both sould be visualy important on the piece. Also, the green dude is a bit too green and easy to mistake with the vegetation behind him.

Apart from those two small points, the rest is really awsome. Love the dragons and the big dragon expression is just priceless too ;)

03 March 2006, 01:58 PM
c´mon Stjepan, where is the ups???? anxious for them!!

great job dude!

03 March 2006, 03:48 PM
wow this is turning out really beautiful!

04 April 2006, 03:58 AM
Can hear the wings flapping...that is just great.
To smooth the visual flow I would loose the cascade. I would maybe shorten the right tower and elevate the smallest peak to get it in line with: pointing fingter-small peak-tallest peak so the top of the vertical structures would create a nice elongated "u" on the upper part of your picture.
Excellent work.

04 April 2006, 07:51 PM
Wow!! wonderful!! Character and the layout design is very good :thumbsup: !! Great artwork!!!

04 April 2006, 09:16 PM
totally beautiful! great work


04 April 2006, 05:49 AM

Your a genius man!

04 April 2006, 09:49 AM
Wow!!! Yor concept and image are so beautiful!!!Excellent work!!!:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 11:39 PM

its about time you finish this. no excuses!

04 April 2006, 06:04 PM

i really like your picture. im a fantasy and dragon fan, yeah, castles and all that stuff...
i also like the perpective of that picture, the pose of the dragons, the light and everything else :D

04 April 2006, 03:23 AM
Hey Stjepan, missed your work from the 3D entries..can you follow that? :) As i see you're busy wth this masterpiece. Just gratulations for this one. That smile on the dragons face is awesome :applause: just as all the other things too.

04 April 2006, 05:59 PM
I demand an update, this is too wicked not to. *Corey drools*:drool:

04 April 2006, 06:31 PM
I keep thinking the green dude is giving the dragons the finger, lol.

04 April 2006, 08:49 PM
I keep thinking the green dude is giving the dragons the finger, lol.


04 April 2006, 09:31 PM
What can we say ?? .... that's just GREAT !!!

04 April 2006, 10:43 PM
spectacular image! wonderful movement of the dragons, and great attention to detail. very nice work...

04 April 2006, 11:47 PM
Awesome work as usual man.

04 April 2006, 02:08 AM
Always a pleasure to view your work :thumbsup: .

05 May 2006, 03:57 PM
Hey neb, Any chance for an update soon?


05 May 2006, 10:22 PM
another great work! Nothing to crits !

05 May 2006, 11:00 PM
:bowdown: Great Concept Nebezial....

this is really a well portayed journey.. the characters are amazing.. and the scene chosen was just splendid.. I liked the colors you chose.. hope you still am continuing the challenge.. lolzz. it so long since you last updated... hehe...

05 May 2006, 04:46 AM
Hope to see an update soon (although this looks great as is...) Best of luck!

05 May 2006, 05:37 PM
wooohoo im back again, and its time to "poke" you a bit. update update!! yeah i know you have work to do with your comic..but there is so little left to finish it..^^ cheers,:love: love

05 May 2006, 01:10 PM (

well i was up to my neck with comics and trading cards and e3 stuff..but now i can breathe...for a few days so im thinkin better wrap this up now goes

05 May 2006, 01:41 PM
i want to see it finished !

05 May 2006, 05:55 PM (

setting the mood now and goin all detail nuts

05 May 2006, 06:22 PM
damn that's lot of details, believably rendered, insane.

05 May 2006, 08:06 PM
weeee its sooo beautiful neb:love:

05 May 2006, 12:40 AM
You handled that right side of the painting perfectly....eye comes right back into the painting.
BEAUTIFUL circular composition....very DYMAMIC...:thumbsup:
You should defenitly be proud of this painting...has all of the marks of a MASTER...GREAT JOB:applause:


05 May 2006, 05:16 AM
I love it, getting better and better! But, I think it's a bit too busy and noisy in the background, too contrasty in texture, hiding your wonderful dragons too much... see this little overpaint for exactly what I mean (hope you don't mind):

05 May 2006, 10:50 AM
Great work nebezial

Lovely composition and great characters....

I have to agree with Mr. Stahlberg with regards to the business and think simplifying the bg does help helps...

Fantastic work and look forward to seeing the final high resolution version... :)

05 May 2006, 11:38 AM
yo peopleee sorry i have been away for some time and unable to even write some devent replies.. it was as good as it was a bad thing i guess the good part is i really got me a ton of freelancing gigs and am knee deep in comics but the bad part was me being unable to go around the forums.. but on the bright side my army service is allmost done and it makes me all tingly..mmm the sweet exdtra timeee ...mwahahaha welll as you can see im wrapping this one up.. but im havin problems cause the more i do this pic the more i wanna do my comic.. tis a vicious circle i guess

Stahlberg daaaamn man really is true that nothing helps the creative process like a fresh wiew.. thanx man i see what u mean:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 12:36 PM
Looks very majestic! Best of Luck!

05 May 2006, 01:58 PM
Wow! I love the feel of this scene! Really nicely done! The one dragon that is furthest away at the top of the frame blends into the background. He could probably be removed or painted a bit darker.

05 May 2006, 03:42 PM (

well a few details here and there and its done

05 May 2006, 03:49 PM

05 May 2006, 05:13 PM
hm well... in my silly and really not important opinion..

it was better the way without the flipping. now it seems less grandiose than before.

and i think you shoudn't reduce the details on the characters (like the dragon wings and on the woman)

also i would add a little more detail to the tail on the left side of the picture (the one in the foreground)
it's better when things in the background have less details than in the foreground

but this is only my... not really important opinion ^^

overall it's an extremely good picture

05 May 2006, 05:23 PM
Looking good! I was starting to worry you wouldn't finish it - You seemed to go quiet for aaaaaaaaages!

Keep going!... :bounce:

05 May 2006, 05:42 PM
I´m with Andreas about the flipping. I guess it might look cool to you, since you stared at it for hours and hours, but according to the reading direction (don´t know the proper word) the emphasis is now on the group, not on the departure of the dragons any more.
I agree with him about the details too.

Way to go, you´re almost done.

05 May 2006, 05:52 PM
Cool progress...the image is jist beautiful!:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 06:22 PM
Don't know why but it sure looks nice flipped this way. Overall really nice.


05 May 2006, 06:29 PM
:thumbsup: looks better this way and i think the piece is balance enough to carry the fliped one..
i think of this journey involving the group of dragons with the personae...
cant wait to see you finish... hehhe there is like 3 more days left... yeah ample time enough for touch ups and detailing... good luck....

05 May 2006, 06:35 PM
i dunno with flipping, i watch this from early sketches and now, flipped i'm feel a lil strange.

05 May 2006, 07:31 PM
both angles look fine in my opnion, but to be not too fond of the ddragon blowing fire. It's just kinda out of no where and distracts me from the ones flying away, but beautiful picture =)

05 May 2006, 10:50 AM (

nearly done wooooohoooo

05 May 2006, 10:56 AM
Wow, you are sure close to the end. One thing though- it's really hard to see what the navigator is holding up as it blends in so much with the dragon behind him. Maybe darken that area a little so you can see the compass better?

05 May 2006, 10:50 AM (

Tyr watched the skies with anxiety.ever since the rumors of tiamats awakening reached him he was adamant to finally meet face to face with one of the ancient gods of ravine. and so once again he dragged Kal Tenera, elven girl from the forest of beleran into an adventure. as usual auros went whereever tyr did. also the party was joined by a willowbow ethelya, and the salf proclaimet greatest cartographer of ae terra Thewellis the orientated,and so they waited to see the direction to where they would travel. tyr knew that all the dragons would journey to see the awakened divinity..but he allways wondered why the power odf tiamat had no effect on auros..who knows tyr thought maybe auros wasnt joking when he said he was one of the divine dragons..but the very next second image of auros dead drunk as usual flashed before his eyes...naah . anyways everyone the path is set before us, this journey begins

05 May 2006, 11:02 AM
Great image Stjepan. You will for sure be one of the top 6, if not the first one. I cant stop watching your picture.... it would be cool to have a poster of it on the wall. :)

Good luck to Master of painting. ;)

05 May 2006, 11:03 AM
you have finished it on time... great... Good luck with the Judging..nebezial. :thumbsup:
btw i really like the color tones on this work.,,

05 May 2006, 11:04 AM
Congrats on finishing- you sure have a beautiful image here! Good luck with the judging- I expect to see you up on that podium next month!

05 May 2006, 11:43 AM
very cool final man, best of luck to you nebez. :)

05 May 2006, 02:41 PM
great work! love the style and theme..

i think you could have taken the detail up a seems that you got about mid-way then stopped a little...oh well were all busy...but the results looks fantastic none the less...

the thing i love about this piece the most are the translucent wings...youve had me hooked on that since the really is some beautiful lighting...

anyway...great image...ive loved it since the start...

good luck..


05 May 2006, 04:09 PM
magical... :bounce:

05 May 2006, 04:41 PM
Congratulations on finally finishing your entry, Stjepan! That was really nice of you to help Michael See out during his crisis. You rock, bro!

All the best to you!

05 May 2006, 04:41 PM
Amazing final image!...i will collect this one......good luck:thumbsup:

05 May 2006, 04:58 PM
congrats on finishing! Great work!


05 May 2006, 05:02 PM
Hi....Stjepan.....Glad you trusted your own judgememt and instincts....GREAT COMPOSITION
and PAINTING ....:thumbsup:


05 May 2006, 05:09 PM
Great, great, great pic with an amazing lighting, good luck man

05 May 2006, 05:17 PM
I am gladful dat Nebezial had helping Mike in his terrible moment.

One of the most helpful & sincere young artist i will neva got a chance to meet in person.haha.

Der is a strong hidden personality in ur artwork connecting from here to the real world.

U r in the master level now.
If u r the next Prince of persia character design, i will play this torturing game for once of my lifetime on Nebez's sake!.

One impressive work!

05 May 2006, 10:58 PM
great pic again , nebz :thumbsup:


05 May 2006, 02:02 AM
u've did it buddy:)i knew this will end up fantasticly,thanks alot for the priceless help on my challenge my friend,ur the best!:thumbsup:good luck to ya and i hope u win this time

05 May 2006, 03:23 AM
yo man, congratz on finishing your jounrey Neb, thats really a great piece ,I love the lighting and the dragons so much. good luck dude

05 May 2006, 03:40 AM
Excellent, good luck!

05 May 2006, 11:06 AM
congrats on the great final. needless to say you never disapoint my hunger for eyecandy so thanks for another great piece for my nebzfolder :)
best of luck on the final and keep on rockig mate :):buttrock::beer:

05 May 2006, 05:35 AM
Congratulations Stjepan... perfect masterpiece for my eyes... I really appreciate the global mood of the pictures... and these characters well designed... great art, and thanks for that... best wishes for the next step man... seeya...


05 May 2006, 09:45 AM
i had subscribed 2 ur thread neb

really a work to worship

ur technique is also great

real swft hands u have got

regards and good luck for the judging
Sivaprasad Velayudhan

06 June 2006, 02:48 AM
I love it! I think this is my favorite one, it looks awesome. I love how vibrant and saturated it is, the characters are great, the comp is great. There are already plenty of replies on this, but it definitely deserves it! This is the journey I'd take.

07 July 2006, 10:36 PM
Cool this one..!!

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