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Lonely Flight by Ardate Lonely Flight by Ardate
I STILL DRAW DRAGONS.
So yeah, here's a drawing of Astarothe (Yay, he's back!) that I actually really like! But I'm not a huge fan of the pose I made, I feel like something's wrong but I remade it too many times to feel the courage to draw it again. I made this to force me to practice backgrounds - I used a picture found on Google Images for inspiration. I'm so terrible at drawing landscapes, I'm happy to see how this turned out!
Anyway, hope you like it!
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ChaokiEvery Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waw le fond!! O.o et ton dragon aussi! super dessin/peinture digitale !
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Aaa merci ! :D J'en suis encore bien fière de celui-là ! ^^
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ChaokiEvery Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'est normal !:D
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Kaviix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Student General Artist
wow ok this is pretty fucking WELL DONE sir O.O
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Student Filmographer
aaaa thank you! :D I'm glad you like it!
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Kaviix Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Student General Artist
mhm loved it x3
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student Filmographer
you're too nice x3
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Kaviix Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Student General Artist
we all in devianart are x3
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Student Filmographer
that's true! ^-^
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timohuovinen Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist
I love the dragon pose in this one, great job
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much! ^^
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TOMIRI94 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it because I think the colors give a nice dreamy and calm mood thanks to the brown's dominance. It also contrast well with the dragon itself which often considered as an aggressive and negative creature. 
The second tree from left is well definite than the firt tree on the left and the other one in the right which are bigger and I think should be better than the second tree which is farther.  The montain on the left lack a bit of the blue ambient light which is present on the montains on the right. I think the farther montains should be a bit less colored because of aerial perspective. 
I think the shape of the moon is too define, it could be better if you smooth a bit the edge. 
The wings of the dragon look little compared with the body.

I hope these advices would be of some help and XD sorry for my English! 
Keep drawingLa la la la I am a dummy!  :)
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wow, thank you very much for this long and informative comment! :la:
You're right, I didn't notice the lack of blue on the mountain on the left side of the picture, and indeed the shape of the moon may be too sharp ._. I'll keep all this in mind next time I paint this kind of landscape!
Thank you so much!! :D (And don't worry, your english is fine! ^-^)
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TOMIRI94 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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KIV4 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wooow! This is wonderful!
I love this so much! :la:
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Ardate Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Aww thank you so much!! :heart: ^.^ I had so much fun drawing it!
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Deasmonius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
As a Dragon lover myself I had to click the thumbnail and see the image full size, and overall nice work. I saw in your own comments you're worried about the form on the Dragon, I am going to say you nailed it as far as siloet goes, but that is not to say there is not room for improvement in other areas. I really love the subtle color in the dragon and use of the moon light in the wings to have them an air of transparency, however i feel the transition from light to dark in the wings is to abrupt. your color stops at the edges of the moon but 'light'  from the moon does not stop there, you got a wonderful aura around the moon and light bouncing off the environment. I would suggest extending the color on the wings all the way across thin skin of the wings or at least graduate the transition from bright to dim
light you can use a flashlight and a piece of paper to kind of see the effect you would want to go for.  take the flashlight and put your paper against then slowly lift the paper away and watch was the light does to paper a super bright flashlight is not needed just something the shines 'though' the paper. now that I prattled on about the dragon the rest of the piece

As stated up above you have great light effect throughout the landscape and great variation landscape itself between the mountains ,trees, sky ans the clouds. There are a ton of subtle colors  throughout which are placed expertly thought out realy help relay the context of the environment. I think you much better at landscapes then you're giving yourself credit for. But again that dose not mean there is room to improve, as they say art is never truly finished we just call it done.  One area that i think could use just a little tweak is the set of trees on the right they seem a little flat compared to the ones on the left bringing your lights down into them a bit more would fix this like you have on the left.
the second area I think be improved upon are the clouds, and to be fair night time clouds are a pain in the butt to get to look good. But I think you have the start of some good technique in your the just seem confused as to what type of cloud are they are, are they seem bee big fluffy like Cumulus or stratocumulus but then disappear into a starry sky like cirrus or cirrostratus would seem to. the key is to remember that clouds are always lower in the sky then the moon and thus overlap and be darker on the opposite side. when ever in doubt use reference, I can't stress this enough. i included some examples below.   
airfactsjournal.com/files/2013…
www.52thingsayear.com/wp-conte… 

keep up the good work and keep stretching your skills to their limits it will only make you better. 
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wow! First of all : Thank you SO much for this long and informative comment!!

I see what you mean for the light stopping too abruptly on the wings of the dragon, now that you mention it it's true that it looks a bit odd as it is. There's no reason for the wings not to be illuminated also by the moon's aura! The flashlight and paper tip is actually a very good idea, I'll use it in the future!

I had a lot of trouble with those trees indeed, as I am not used to drawing them. I think I need a lot of practice!
Indeed, the clouds don't seem of a very clear shape, I must use more references! Thank you SO much for the references and all of your tips, it's really helpful!
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Deasmonius Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :) 
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TheWhiteGuardianArt Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing, so I disagree with your statement "I'm so terrible at drawing landscapes."

I really like the atmosphere the moon and the trees provide: The usage of the moon, the trees and the various shades of grey give the feeling an atmosphere of isolation and coldness, but at the same time, tranquility and peace.

There is still room for improvement, though. The hills in the back look a bit too smooth: if they're covered in trees as well, they should look a bit rougher. Also, the dragon's legs are very close to it's tail and appear to look like lion-like paws rather than dragon-like claws. The darker lowlands on the moon are very well done, but how much they fade varies, the ones on the left look a bit too rough here and there.

Don't get me wrong though, the artwork is incredible!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Haha well, thanks a lot! Let's say I usually have a lot of trouble with it^^

It's very satisfying for me to see you're feeling the exact mood I wanted to express through that piece, so thanks a lot for that!

You're right I should have put more texture on the top of the hills ; they're indeed supposed to be covered in trees, not fields. Tha's the kind of reflexes I don't have yet, I sure need to experiment more on landscapes! And yes now that you mention it, his legs are way too close to its tail! That's maybe the detail that was bugging me for some time. But for the lion-like paws, I'm actually happy you noticed because it's part of the character's design ^^

Thank you very much for that precise and constructive comment, I really appreciate it! I sure will think about all your tips for my next drawing!
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TheWhiteGuardianArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, and good luck!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks^^
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CheckeredPanda Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is wonderful, I think you've made a really good job on the background.
I especially like the light on the trees, it makes them come alive so nicely.
oohhh and the sky, every thing is so..together in this piece. 
It looks like parts on a whole, which is great!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Wow thank you! For sure I had some trouble putting all of this together but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out^^
I'm glad you think so!
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TristenCoy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Photographer
LOVE this! Reminds me of game of thrones haha. This really good. You did great on the wings with the light of the moon shining through them and I actually really enjoy the trees as well x) Good job!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Haha yes I can understand why!
That's very nice of you, thanks a lot! :3
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TristenCoy Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Student Photographer
You're welcome :) 
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paddedpaws Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016   Digital Artist
Beautiful picture! I love the quiet contemplative mood. Poses for creatures that don't exist can be hard, because you don't really have any reference.  But I still think it turned out well.
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Haha yes, let's say finding references for dragon can be challenging :D
I'm glad you like it, thank you so much!
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paddedpaws Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016   Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Efirende Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I´m from :iconprojectcomment:

Whole scenery is awesome. You have really great technique of drawing trees and mountains, so shole background is perfect, also moon that is dominating in this picture.

Dragon is also awesome, but I personally would harmonize his color with background´s, or add more contrast. It may also be nice to add more light from the moon.

But, I like this piece a lot :D Fantastic work.
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much! :D
I'm glad you think so, I was afraid to mess up with the trees since I'm not used to draw them^^
Yes I totally agree, I feel like his colors don't really harmonize with the rest of the picture even though I tried to make it more coherent. I'll do better next time!
Thank you again^^
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pleaseioveme Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, this looks really nice! the colors are beautiful, and the moon is drawn fantastically. a small tip though, the dragon's brightness that shines onto it from the moon would probably be slightly more visible! and the part of the tail directly to the left of the feet would probably have a slightly bigger glow on it tis all! good luck!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
You're right, I should have worked a bit more on the rim lights! I didn't notice that, thanks for the tip^^
Glad you like it!
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pleaseioveme Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np!
it is pretty great!
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VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you did a fantastic job on this! The background looks good and so does the dragon. Keep it up :D!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :D
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VirtualDesignerVixen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^-^.
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kyrawriter Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
very nice!
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks a lot! ^^
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kyrawriter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Welcome
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vixiak Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This background is awesome!
Dragon too, but background is much harder for me to draw (my backgrounds sucks! ;-; ).
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
I understand, I have so much trouble drawing backgrounds too!! >.< It's the first time I actually draw a correct landscape haha x)
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vixiak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
My first background (art named "Ciche Wody") badly sucks! >.< 
I must train more, but I don't liiiiike landscapes :c It's boring.
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
Ah yes, I saw it! Well to be fair you started by something really difficult - water! Water is soooo hard to draw >< But the rock is pretty realistic, and the dragon is so cool too! So this piece is pretty cool as a whole^^
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vixiak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Maybe you're right, water is tragic to draw...  I should start from, I don't know, forest? 
But thank you so much for nice words <3
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
Well, forests are also hard to do because of the trees but if you really want to try here's a nice tutorial : www.deviantart.com/art/Forest-…
But I would recommand you to try to draw fields first :3 Something like that : augenweide.deviantart.com/art/… ! The fog is good because it allows you not to draw all the details of the background, and you get to practice to draw trees and grass!
You're welcome dear ! C:
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vixiak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Great idea! I'll try it! Field with fog firstly.
Thank you for tutorial and good advices! <3
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Ardate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Student Filmographer
You're very welcome! :D Hope it will help!
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