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  11 November 2007
"Talk to the hand"

A new WIP, at bit of something less serious. It's the typical dragon and his rider; the rider wants to get going but the dragon thinks he is still on break (union rules, you know). The original sketch has the dragon making a rude gesture but I think I will just have him shaking his finger at the rider...

Here are three sketches, I'm wondering which one people prefer, as I'm a bit torn myself. They all have slightly different feels. The rider is just poser guy, he will be my "reference photo" but no tracing I promise !

Thanks !


Hope finally finished ! Stop by and post a comment :-)
New WIP: Last Ride.
  11 November 2007
Hey DArcy1, haven't posted a while between us.

The idea is very cool. I don't think I've seen a picture of a dragon complaining to his/her rider before. However, when I saw the rough sketches, I didn't have the same feeling. Right now, to me, it looks like the dragon is angry [in a very human way] at the human, who is either praising the dragon, or doing something that I cannot tell.

It might be a good idea if you play with the body languages a bit more, and repose the composition a couple of times just to get it right before you continue. =)

Anyhow, nice to see you again!
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  11 November 2007
You don't need all the scenery. It detracts from the story you are trying to tell.

I'd focus in on the dragon and the rider. Have them fill up at least 50% of your canvas. This will allow you to display the subtle visual cues to tell the story in better detail.

The crossed arms look better than the pointing finger, unless you put a wrist watch or time clock into the picture for the dragon to point at. Maybe have him holding a parchement of "Dragon Union Rules" or something.

The scenery would be a good touch if the sky were full of "working" dragons, but all that expanse with only one or two other dragons will just distract the viewer from your concept.

I like the idea behind this. Looking forward to watching it develop!
~ CybrGfx
Never settle for "good enough," until you can honestly say you tried your best.
  11 November 2007
HI guys

Thanks for the comments; as I think about it you are both right (and I love the parchment idea). I am off looking for stock reference on deviant art to capture the right attitude. Also, I think I might have two dragons being difficult. So it may be a few weeks before I post my updates. Have patience with me and thank you so much again :-)

Hope finally finished ! Stop by and post a comment :-)
New WIP: Last Ride.
  11 November 2007

Try to match your ref to your composition and not the other way around.
Just a tip. Did the same mistake myself.
Kan Muftic
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  11 November 2007
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