The Wood Dragon and the Ladybird, Phil McDarby (2D)

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Old 06 June 2008   #1
The Wood Dragon and the Ladybird, Phil McDarby (2D)

Title: The Wood Dragon and the Ladybird
Name: Phil McDarby
Country: Ireland
Software: Photoshop

Hey everyone,

I love macro photography, so I set about trying to create a moment - secretly stumbling across this tiny creature in the undergrowth and snapping him in a confrontation with some other forest denizen. I hope I captured the mutual curiousity of the Wood Dragon and the Ladybird.

Anyway, the Wood Dragon was created using a mixture of painting and photo-texturing (all my own) - his wings are a mixture of leaves and water, using batwings as reference. The background is cobbled together from various shots of mine, and heavily over-painted - I was trying to mimic that really short depth of field inherent in macro stuff. The full res is close to 6000 x3000 (this is cropped in width) and you can see a lot more detail (some of his organs are visible, and there is a tiny friendly parasite attached to him on his back - it's a healthy symbiosis ;)) The ladybird is painted from reference also.

I have about another 4 of these on the go, with the little Wood Dragon encountering various other creatures - I'll pop them in this thread if people are interested.

Hope everyone's well!


A Daily Forest
Old 06 June 2008   #2
Thumbs up

the level of realism is astounding!! feels like being there and staring for hours at these magical creatures ... amazing! .. very inviting!
.. vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
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Old 06 June 2008   #3
Very cute The lightning is perfect, it looks so real!

Yes, of course I'm interested, please show the others too
Gate to Nowhere
Old 06 June 2008   #4
Phil strikes again. Bloody marvelous! Man, you have my admiration. It makes me think: "He's a cheat...he really just went out to the garden in the backof his house and really took that photo of thoses little creatures living in his backyard!" 5 stars all the way!
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Old 06 June 2008   #5
really good.............more please !!
Old 06 June 2008   #6
This is stunning. Compliments
Valentina R. Colamartino

Old 06 June 2008   #7
Amazing picture!

Out of this world good!
Old 06 June 2008   #8
yeah it's quite photo-realistic, good work.
"Keep the Sci-fi alive "
Old 06 June 2008   #9
Thank you for a lovely response folks! Will post more when I get a chance. Phil
A Daily Forest
Old 06 June 2008   #10
I've been looking at your portfolio before and I must agree your artwork looks dreamy. I can't believe the microscopic details this dragon has compared to the already small ladybug. Wouldn't it be scary to have creatures like that existing in our world? xD Sorry I just hate bugs.
Great composition and attention to details, to make everything work. Congratulations.
Old 06 June 2008   #11
simply stunning. great job mate.... stars on your way.

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Old 06 June 2008   #12
wow. impressive digital painting art. You show your passion for microworld and microdetails! lovely.


give me more
Old 06 June 2008   #13
At first I thought it was 3D, then when I saw it was actually 2D, I thought ok it's a photo but then where did you find such creature?! Well, just proves how good this is. It tricked my eye completely. It's insanely detailed. I can't tell you how much I love the dragon. I mean the blending is perfectly real. Exellent!
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Old 06 June 2008   #14
very impresive details very fine idea
Old 06 June 2008   #15
Absolutely magical! Very nice work in the detail and painting.
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