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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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Shimimaro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice contrast!
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Mysterykids Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice sketch. The light so real, gorgeous work
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind feedback. =)
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Erkaz Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome, the details and breathtaking scene, composition, everything! :D
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind feedback! I'm really glad you like the painting. =)
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RizarLogic Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Well, I wish I could fav it again!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Perhaps you could remove it from your favs and then re-fav it. :lol:
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EcclecticRed Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely amazing!! I'm actually lost for words...
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? I'm glad you like it so much. The more I watch this painting, the more mistakes I see. I'm considering to continue working on it to improve it. =)
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EcclecticRed Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it's perfect just the way it is =)
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Skuldier Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
I really like the scenery. It has an epic feel to it.
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello sweetie your wonderful work has been featured:[link] :heart:
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Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Spectacular visuals. A very fantastic and beautiful painting!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. It's always a good feeling when someone likes one's work. :love:
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indigo-platypus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU DREW THIS?! WOW! I can see the Photoshop in it, but it's clear you did a lot of work yourself. Absolutely beautiful!!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your very generous and encouraging comment! :D

Actually I painted every single detail myself and Photoshop didn't add anything at all. It's weird to me how people think that Photoshop can somehow create stuff by itself. I painted the whole background in Painter and then continued the creative process in Photoshop simply because it's more precise with small details (which I needed for the large dragon). I painted the clouds, added the mist, the god rays/sun beams, the reflected light - all with brushes; not with filters or any kind of plug-in effects. I even painted the lens-flares myself because I hate the lens-flare filter in Photoshop. So whatever you think that Photoshop did was actually done by me. But jeez, how much time it took me... =)

Thanks again for your lovely comment. :love:
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indigo-platypus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome!!

You did all of that yourself?! You are a true artist. That must have taken forever, but it definitely paid off!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think it took somewhere between 50-70 hours of active painting to finish this one. The things we do for art... ^^;
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indigo-platypus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA. No wonder. :P
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You have a kinda original painting style, which is amazing !!!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? I didn't know that I had started developing a distinguishable style yet. Cool to hear. Thanks for the kind comment! :heart:
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You're very Welcome ! :huggle:
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O0o-fallen-o0O Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
Awesome pic!!
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! :love:
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nyasha24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
holy cow. with a picture like this, i can imagine it would take that long. its simply breath taking. the dragons are bad ass and its just wow
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha ha! Okay, I'm actually at this community to learn and to grow as an artist rather than to get showered with compliments - but I absolutely LOVE to see a response like yours. :woohoo:

Even though I always enjoy every second of the creative process, independently of the outcome, a spontaneous positive reaction like yours multiplies the satisfaction of the effort put into creating the picture. It also increases my motivation to try equally hard to push my limits in my next creative process. Thanks for taking the time to put your reaction into words. It means the world to me. I hope I can return the favor. :love: :heart:
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nyasha24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
it was my pleasure and i hope to see more of your incredible works
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again. I hope to see more of you too. :D
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nyasha24 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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attention2attention Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, I love it! :)
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind feedback! :love:
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attention2attention Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! :) I know, feedback is nice, for sure. I am actually currently trying to find the appropriate groups to join for that reason. I have found a couple, but there doesn't seem to be many that my work resonates with; my work is highly controversial and taboo (and that's exactly why I am satisfied with it.) ;)

Yes indeed, it's exciting to discover what others have to say about one's unique flavor of creative juice.

I look forward to viewing your future works... Take Care. :)
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again. And you take care too! =)
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hoho501 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
ok this is the most epic thing ever
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, that comment made my day! No, my whole week! :D :love:
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hoho501 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Yay! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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wolfgrl1492 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
incredible design and composition
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Samuel-Nordius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your encouraging words! :love: :heart:
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wolfgrl1492 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
you're very welcome :D
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