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Snap Dragon by ElementsWorkshop Snap Dragon by ElementsWorkshop
Here is an interpretation of what a tropical wild flower would look like if it were combined with a dragon. The image is called "Snap Dragon" a line-art image taken from the pages of LEATHER WINGS SEMBLANCE that I really enjoyed working on. I had no idea where I was going when I started painting this illustration but I knew that if I kept pushing through I would come up with something interesting. I hope you like it!
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Given 2012-05-24
Snap Dragon by *ElementsWorkshop ( Suggested by Laurelin-CosPlay and Featured by Negatic )
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It helps if you put in LOADS of contrast between light and darkness- but what you did here, it makes it almost hazy. Dreamlike. This is a painting, right? Besides the contrast issue, I can't allow myself to critique you any more.

You had this come to randomly, right? This is brilliant if this just started out as a little idea! I can't criticize it in any way! The detail is incredible, and the color choice is complimentary to the them you seem to have set up with this piece. I love it~

What you should do as an excersize (to get to know yourself more as an artist)- is to put something, anything, on a canvas, and try to paint it as fast as you can. Allow yourself some time to plan everything beforehand. Once you start to tackle the painting and all, make note of what you started with. What colors did you work with first? Did you start with the main part of the piece first, or did you go for the backround? You don't even have to finish the piece to know what you're going to end with. Once you get your habits down as an artist, you should try to figure out ways to either change it, step out of your comfort zone and discover some new things you can do to make your art better, or perfect what comes to you first, naturally.

Ergh....it's a bit lengthy, but I hope this helps!

-El
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
    Goregous...I love it.    :aww:
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Tyrannuss555 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It kind of reminds me of flower mantis the way the dragon shape merges with the flower. Great colours 
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FlowerChild420x Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so in love with this it's ridiculous!! <3
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:iconrevande:
revande Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Beautiful work!! :)
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
so great
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:iconkitoniss:
Kitoniss Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really beautiful, i featured it here :) [link]
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:iconerebus-art:
Erebus-art Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really love the general colors, movement and freshness of this piece. One of the best I've seen lately!
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TIAGOTLR Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
like
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:iconlatilove:
LatiLove Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@#$% this is awesome! great job, i applaud you :)
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:icontealzeh:
Tealzeh Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks incredible!
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:iconhuntererinful:
huntererinful Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
That's freakin gorgeous.
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:icondraconya:
Draconya Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats just amazing. I really can't think of anything to say becasue it's just so awesome. very life like. amazing work!
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Aquietus1027 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
beautiful~
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:iconcrimsonbutterfly4:
CrimsonButterfly4 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Artist
this is a really cool painting:D
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:iconicecream6th:
icecream6th Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Beautifull~~~~~~~
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:iconmajintenshi:
majintenshi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Way cool ! xoxo love it !
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:iconmelanegriffant:
MelaneGriffant Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
O.O Beautifull, but dangerous!
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:iconidril-ancalimon:
idril-ancalimon Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wow, beautiful, wouldn't want to get too close though.
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:iconvegabone:
VegaBone Featured By Owner May 28, 2012   Digital Artist
very awesome design here.
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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:iconpeccatori:
peccatori Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing :love:
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:iconscreamoshota-ran:
Screamoshota-Ran Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist
It looks so magical!!! *^*
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:iconselunia:
Selunia Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work :wow:
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:iconbleachthesky:
BleachTheSky Featured By Owner May 25, 2012   Writer
This is beautiful. I love the colors. :heart:
Congrats on the DD! :)
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:icondanderfull:
Danderfull Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like it? Love it jajaja big time!
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:icongodline:
Godline Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artist
cool beans!
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:iconemr373:
emr373 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFULLY ENCHANTING!!!! :D :D :D
I LOVE snapdragons and this concept is fabulous! :love:
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:iconanosha93:
Anosha93 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
whoa... Nice
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GekkouKitsune Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing. How it looks like a flower, but there's that faint glimpse of a dragon that cannot be mistaken. I love it.
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:iconthespyderqueen:
TheSpyderQueen Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
GENIUS!!!!! :D
I love this, it's so beautiful and weird
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:iconjakit:
Jakit Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Really beautiful!! and so much detail, i love it <3
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:iconrintenjou:
RiNTenJOu Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
super cool :D
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:iconriverfox1:
riverfox1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thhis is one of the most beautiful and creative paintings I've seen in a while. Well done.:-) :dalove:
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:icontahyon:
Tahyon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing!
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:iconmelancholybovine:
MelancholyBovine Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Artist
Excellent! Absolutely Astounding...
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:iconjustplainbatty:
JustPlainBatty Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
There are many words to describe this picture, but beautiful and awesome are a good start :aww: You really deserved the DD :winner: :#1:
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:iconrapsodie22:
Rapsodie22 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Snapdragons are my favorite flowers!
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:iconcarolbaize:
CarolBaize Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
your choice of colors makes this POP! Beautiful!
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:iconerinm31:
ErinM31 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Amazingly beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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:iconappuruotome:
AppuruOtome Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Interface Designer
woow its amazing *w*
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:iconmilimime:
MiLiMiMe Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful.
Extremely, such a beauty.
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:iconamaranthussanctus:
AmaranthusSanctus Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! Fantastic.
The forms are so dramatic.
Thank you for sharing!
Congrats on the DD!
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:iconofpink:
ofpink Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is AMAZINGGGGG
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
:iconflowersplz:
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hyperanimegirl4lyfe Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
*whistles* that's some fancy artwork you got goin' on there! very nice ^^
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foxfacewantspie Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Omg, this is amazing, absoulutely breath taking
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:iconmadmother88:
MadMother88 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful flower! I love the colors and how they blend
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LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This showcases alot of beauty into the flower! The way you are able to paint a different array of colours and mix them together, is amazing! It reminds me of a faerie looking flower for some reason! Captivating and I love this piece! Good job! No, AMAZING! :3
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laWlsARTstuff Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
great demension/color scheme and general style! this is very interesting and I'm enjoying the view :)
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