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Guardians of Crystal City by Samuel-Nordius Guardians of Crystal City by Samuel-Nordius
This was an early digital work made with Photoshop and Painter to learn the various tools. For the dragon I took much inspiration from *kerembeyit's stunning work "Searching for the Ring" [link] . =)
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My first impression when seeing this piece was "This could be something straight out of a sci-fi game!" It does reflect that type of element. :)

The details on the wings and even the rocks in the background give the picture a much deeper impact on the eye, and the snarling dragon-like creatures even have drool escaping their mouths as an added realistic quality.

The technology on the creatures' backs makes me wonder if they are instruments of war, and if the inhabitants of the city in the distance have had something to do with that.

As well as being an overall stunning piece, it opens up a world of questions too! Great work!
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This piece is one of the most striking dragon works I have seen all day, so please allow me to give you kudos for your imagination and creativity!

I love the feel for the piece, you really put the atmosphere out there in an interesting perspective that made this piece all the more reason to love. Your cloud work and the detail in the dragons wings are stunning, and the scenery and the choice of where you put the dragons really brings the piece to life.

My only suggestion would be to flesh out a bit of the mountains more, and just do some minor touch ups on the lighting. I feel that if that gets a little bit adjusted it will bring much more depth to the piece.

All in all though, I really enjoyed looking at this piece and loved how it stirred my imagination. Keep up the good work, you really got an unique style :D
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Dragkness Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow very nice,love the sky,the clouds...very good!!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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wangqr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
super duper *-* such an epic scene, the details on tat dragon is just.. wow!!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm very glad you like it so much. :D
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KorcanKanoglu Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really great artwork man! I have one question, do you use painter because it is more flexible? But do you use it only at the beginning because it is unable to work with many layers and it's bad at detailing, but rocks at starting?
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind comment! You got it completely right about the way I use Painter. I love to use it for the foundation of my paintings before I open the file in Photoshop where I do the detail work. =)
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KorcanKanoglu Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Btw, that cannon on the dragon is really creative :) great imagination! also the crystal city is great
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scott12330 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Artist
cool
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Tishawish Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
This is an amazing image! I really love how you made the sunlight, the dragons, the far-off city... pretty much everything about it really.
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! That's a pretty great critique! Thanks for your kindness. :love:
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