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Spiky Dragon, 2010-2012 by Imbecamiel Spiky Dragon, 2010-2012 by Imbecamiel
ETA: Replacing the sketch I uploaded first with a colored version. Originally, I'd thought that the new version was supposed to be in the same medium as the original (i.e. black and white pencil sketch), but looking at some of the others it seems a number are doing colored versions of sketches. So - I decided to update to the colored version of my re-draw, since my digital coloring of sketches is one of the skills I've learned in the last couple of years. (No way I could've managed that in '10 with my original sketch!)



I wanted to do a new version of one of my paintings for this contest, but I don't think I'll have time to finish it. In the end, though, I think this sketch is a good demonstration of the progress I've made over the last couple of years.

I was really happy with this dragon head portrait at the time. I thought that I was finally getting the hang of things, making real progress in my style - and I was, compared to what I had been doing.

But now, looking back at it, I realize how much things have changed just over the last couple of years. My understanding of anatomy and overall composition of pictures is getting better, certainly I'm far more flexible in posing (rather than only feeling satisfied with the way things turn out if I did a straight-on side view of heads), and I've learned a lot about making faces look more individual and expressive. Also, shading and textures! Still a place where I have a lot to learn, but it's improving.

(Link to original picture in my gallery is here: Spiky Dragon)
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Dracavia Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The before is very nice, but the after is frankly impressive. There's a lot more depth and life to it.
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Imbecamiel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It is really encouraging, when I start getting frustrated by my limitations and not progressing as quickly as I'd like, to look at something like this and realize that I am improving, even if it doesn't feel like it sometimes.
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Dracavia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, you've blown me away now with the coloured version. You have some mad skills girl.
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Imbecamiel Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you so much. <3 Coloring the sketches is just so much fun. It's something I've wanted to do for so long, I am just overjoyed to finally - with some technical tips from friends - be getting the hang of it!
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