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Akataras Flats by Uncle-Bang Akataras Flats by Uncle-Bang
EDIT: Tweaked the color of the background so that Akataras stands out a little better.

This was a commission done for, :iconcaim-seldal:.
Seen here is the dragon spirit, Akataras.

Critiques and comments are always welcome.

Thanks for looking!

~B-Man

Akataras *Caim-Seldal
Artwork *Uncle-Bang
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:iconanimperfectdream:
I'm not really a visual artist so I probably can't go into the same depth as someone with those talents, however, this is my character, so I'll see what I can do.

First, that perspective is absolutely spectacular, combined with his pose, it gives Akataras a real sense of strength and power. It gives him an imposing presence, which from this angle is useful for a short dragon. You don't see many pieces from an angle like this and I'm impressed it turned out so well.

I really like the pose as well, he's stood firm and ready and with the one hand more relaxed and the other clenched into a fist, it really adds something to his position. I've never seen Akataras drawn from this sort of angle before, but I definitely like it.

Second, you incorporated the additions to his design I asked for absolutely perfectly, I didn't really go into that much detail (I think) so how those have turned out is superb. I'm particularly fond of how you handled the mane, it doesn't conflict or get in the way with any of his horns, which is one of the things I've always worried would happen once it got added. I adore how the scar turned out as well, so simple in design, but it stands out against his scales so well. Yet even though it's so noticeable, it still doesn't distract from the rest of the design.

I like how you handled his muscle structure. You've managed to highlight the strength in his body, without making him bulky or drastically altering the original design. The taut, sinewy look of the muscles really suits him. I also like how you added the softer patches to the underside of his hands, I'd had it in mind for an addition to his design but wasn't certain how it would look. It was a pleasant surprise considering I didn't mention that one to you when we discussed this piece.

Even with just the flats, I also like the colour palette you've chosen for him. Not quite so dark as the original but still within the right shades. I actually think I like this one more. I also like the texture and detailing on the wings and how they retain a level of muscle similar to the rest of his body. The background was also a nice touch and I'm glad you adjusted the contrast a little so Akataras stands out more. Having him stand out more distinctly really adds to the presence he has in this artwork.

Those eyes are also excellent, even without shading they look determined and piercing, just as his eyes should.

All in all he looks fantastic in your style. I was blown away by this as soon as it appeared in my notifications, and it was worth staying up a little later at night to admire it. Thank you.

I'm not certain how fair this critique or my ratings are, since I'm so impressed with the piece, there may be a little bias on my side. Even still, you did an amazing job and I can't wait to see the full rendered version.
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AnImperfectDream Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Let the commenting commence! :iconeeeeestareplz:

I'm not really a visual artist so I probably can't go into the same depth as someone with those talents, but I'll see what I can do. :la:

First, that perspective is absolutely spectacular, combined with his pose, it gives Akataras a real sense of strength and power. It gives him an imposing presence, which from this angle is useful for a short dragon. I really like the pose as well, he's stood firm and ready and with the one hand more relaxed and the other clenched into a fist, it really adds something to his position. I've never seen Akataras drawn from this sort of angle before, but I definitely like it. :)

Second, you incorporated the additions to his design I asked for absolutely perfectly, I didn't really go into that much detail (I think) so how those have turned out is superb. I'm particularly fond of how you handled the mane, it doesn't conflict or get in the way with any of his horns, which is one of the things I've always worried would happen once it got added. I adore how the scar turned out as well, so simple in design, but it stands out against his scales so well.

I like how you handled his muscle structure. You've managed to highlight the strength in his body, without making him bulky or drastically altering the original design. The taut, sinewy look of the muscles really suit him. I also like how you added the softer patches to the underside of his hands, I'd had it in mind for an addition to his design but wasn't certain how it would look. It was a pleasant surprise considering I didn't mention that one to you. =P

Even with just the flats, I also like the colour palette you've chosen for him. Not quite so dark as the original but still within the right shades. I actually think I like this one more. I also like the texture and detailing on the wings and how they retain a level of muscle similar to the rest of his body. The background was also a nice touch and I'm glad you adjusted the contrast a little so Akataras stands out more. =D

Those eyes are also excellent, even without shading they look determined and piercing, just as his eyes should.

All in all he looks fantastic in your style. I was blown away by this as soon as it appeared in my notifications, and it was worth staying up a little later last night to admire it. Thank you. :heart:

I'm not certain if I should post this as a critique or a comment, I'm not really in a position to judge so I'll just leave it as a comment. If you'd like me to make it a critique, I can, but it'll pretty much just say the exact same thing. =P
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Uncle-Bang Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank-you very much for the wonderful comment. If I could fave comments this would definitely be one to add :happybounce:.

This was a wonderful critique, I really enjoyed reading it. If you re-post this as a critique it would stay above the rest of the comments directly beneath the deviation. It's up to you if you want to re-post this as a critique.

Thanks again :D.
~B-Man
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
First off, that perspective is pretty sharp! I really like the upward angle you chose, it makes him feel very much in power. The brightness of the eye color and scar really stand out from the darker tones in the skin.

I think the background color is a bit close to the body color, I like that it makes his eyes really pop but I think we lose a bit of him in that tone as well. Maybe a cool color that's a little bit lighter for the background would make the lighting a little less distracting from the character as well, but would still keep the dark atmosphere you've captured here!

I also love the level of detail in your anatomy, it's really nicely done! It'd be neat to see a bit of his tail!
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Uncle-Bang Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, man :D!
I left the tail out of the shot since there was already a lot going on there.
And I see what you are saying about the similar colors. Normally I'd fix that during the render, but that render will not happen unless the client upgrades their prize.
If I have a chance this weekend I might boot up Photoshop to tweak the contrast a bit and re-upload this dude.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I see what you mean, the tail would likely end up a bit distracting then! I like the slightly lighter background change, I think he pops from it much more now!
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Uncle-Bang Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees while working on an image. Thanks for pointing out the color issue :nod:.
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Living-In-Whimsy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The cross-hatch shading underneath the wings really adds to the depth/perspective of this picture : D
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Uncle-Bang Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :D.
I appreciate the fave :la:.
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AnImperfectDream Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
O.O

That's... wow...

I'll comment properly in the morning, as right now I really don't have the words to describe this. For now, let's settle for amazing and I'll work my way up from there. :la:
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Uncle-Bang Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :D.
I look forward to reading that comment :).
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