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December 26, 2012
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Ghost of the Past by HeliacWolf Ghost of the Past by HeliacWolf
Originally it was part of art-trade with =Enaxn. But I decided to play around a little bit with the picture, so here's the result. I quite like it.

Feel free to critique.

Original: [link]
Photo reference I used: [link]


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Absolutely gorgeous dragon, and the whole image is pretty impressive.

Some things that could be improved though:
The mountains seem to have too much stripes. As you can see in your own reference, it's more the case of random spots and blotches, while the snow parts only have variations in tone with no strokes or such.

Then the air perspective is used a bit awkwardly, because it looks misty and blurry, while again in the reference the outlines are still sharp, only the color and amount of contrast get less. Also the misty snow blowing across the left side seems out of place, as if it was too high up, too visible or too misty, not sure, but it does not look like actual snow or wind.

The dragon could be interacting with the mountain more - the dust where it touches the mountain is too sketchy, something like a little snow avalanche or small falling rocks would do. Also the shadow of the wing is missing the shape of the actual wing and individual feathers.

The clouds are sloppily compositioned and the brush usage on them is too visible. I've seen amazing clouds from you, so I know that you can do better than this.

The front humanoid figure is very nicely drawn, but could be put in the composition better, since it took me a while to notice it there (or maybe that was the point, for it not to be obvious?).

Really nice work though, every time your drawings get more epic and awesome, can't wait to see what you'll come up with next.
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I can't explain in english what I feel with this one, so... I will write my critique in spanish c:
Es simplemente hermoso, increíble, poderoso, cercano y lejano a la vez, es magnífico, su forma, sus colores, su intensidad.
Es, sin lugar a dudas, uno de los mejores dragones que jamás he visto. Me encanta el detalle de la transparencia, el que sea a la vez concreto y difuso en los bordes, por ejemplo.
Sin embargo, son las alas y la cabeza la que se llevan mi mayor elogio, ya que sin tener excesiva ornamentación, logran captar la atención de quien le esté observando. Simplemente increíble.
El paisaje acompaña de muy buena manera al Dragón, aunque pudo haber sido más detallado, pero eso ya es un detalle que pasa a un muy poco relevante segundo plano.
Por favor, sigue así, se agradece tu trabajo.
See ya!
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Looks fantastic!!!!
HeliacWolf Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
Creative and very cool! Beautifully drawn! You're very talented! :heart:
HeliacWolf Feb 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much)) It's 1% talent, and 99% pure hard work!)) 
LaptopNinja510 Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! O_O
HeliacWolf Mar 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LaptopNinja510 Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
amyinferno Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artist
epic. it s amazing to se all the influences and references.
HeliacWolf Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much^^
frillyfins Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
So beautiful!
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