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Welcome to this month’s design challenge!

The design theme will be centered on landscapes. The theme is: “A Conversation with a Dragon”.

Please design the landscape based on the description below.

"A weathered traveler and a vain but curious dragon converse at odds, battling with riddles, challenging each other’s minds and patience. The weathered traveler is in search of information and passage through the dragon’s dominion, but the dragon, having been alone for years, hungry and bored, will not show this traveler easy passage. But in truth, who ever dares hope for an easy time with a dragon?"

Please submit at least three grey-scale landscape thumbnails along with your final post. You may not begin work on a final draft without thumbnails.

Do not post single thumbnails onto the community wall, but post all thumbnails for assessment side by side on a single canvas.

The challenge due date will be announced after my return from my July/August break.

Have fun! If you’re having issues starting your landscape thumbnails, have a look into my video history for landscape lectures.

-I


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Hello,
I've come back after some months with a full colour painting from the get go. I ask for your critique as It seems that lately I'm not progressing. I have a few questions: how do you cope with small and insignificant details (fur)? how do you give a less digital look to your works ? what to you guys think of corel Painter? .

p.s: hue+value+saturation+rendering is so energy draining, it kills my brain... 
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Day 2. (technically my 3rd attempt but i concider it 2nd as i decided to stick to male face challenge).

I studied male face proportions a bit and made about 15 drawings of heads with construction lines before my day 2. Aslo i tried to figure out some general beauty signs in male faces. And i tried to use more pronounced contrast (still not full range) to prevent "value sharing". Though i'm not sure if i succeed or not, i hope some critique will help.

P.S. g+ doesn't let me change images order. Or me just being dumb.
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Hey guys. I haven't been posting much, but I have been working on drawing still. :) I tried to get the jist of the reference but not exactly copy it. I struggled on the nose so I added a bit that wasn't shown. I also struggled with how dark the one side was but it turned out okay I guess. Any thoughts are welcome, and thank you! :)
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Lately, I've needed a confidence boost in art. So I decided to redraw a photobash I'd done in 2012 but without dragging a photograph into it.

Any criticism you have would be fantastic since I'm always looking to improve! Hopefully you enjoy this bizarre little creature as much as I enjoyed redrawing it :)

PS: tips for dealing with a bruised ego? I've had hardly any motivation to draw since seeing the other challenge submissions and realizing how awful I am at drawing faces. 
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I have never worked on landscapes, nor have I ever drawn beasts or animals, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn. Also, I really want to try a canvas shaped this exact way to add to the challenge.

Below, some reflection on the sketches and the backstory of the images, which hopefully should make them more comprehensible.

For this challenge I'd render the first, which I think is the most successful of the three, in fact you can see it is the one I've put the most detail into. Here the traveller has gone a long way already and is now standing in front of a bridge guarded by the old and wise dragon. She pays her respects to the beast and implores to be allowed to pass, and so their conversation begins.

I, personally, dislike the second, it feels very awkward. It is supposed to be inside of a volcano-like cave, so there would be a lot of lighting from above. Our hero was exploring the cave, trying to find some herbs that he was told only grew there, when he was surprised by the huge beast, hence the pose (which still needs more work). I suppose the awkwardness comes from the sizing of the canvas vs. that of the characters, please let me know what you think, could it be just awkward altogether? :D

The third is set in a desert and the dragon would be a sand-ish colour. It emerged from the sand and surprised the tired traveller, who got off his camel to negotiate a passage with the mighty creature (I might actually leave him seated on the camel, I'm not sure).

Thanks! ^^
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Hello, I hope its not too late for a submission but i wanted to share eitherway... I recently started watching your video's again and i got really hyped for this challenge whether it'll be still up or not haha. I have been slacking alot when it comes to drawing and painting whether its traditional or digital, so i wanted to motivate myself with this challenge. I can tell already there are many mistakes but I hope you can help me polish my skills. I didn't pay attention to the ears and I really think my shading is off now that I look at the neck and eyes. PLEASE help me with this damn nose. :) Also I don't know if I will be able to ever see your stream since I live in Europe but i hope I will catch it one day :)
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I've been working on ideas and perspectives for a while now and I've settled for a particular idea (The vagabond needs to pass through a maze to get to the city in the distance. He is pleading with the dragon to show him the way). But I'm struggling a bit with getting an immersive perspective. The one I first settled for (left) was critiqued to be very safe. Everything is placed in the right place but... as viewed from a safe distance.
I was suggested to increase the size of the dragon and bringing the scene closer to the viewer. (Cutting of the dragon's wings literally made me anxious...)

PLEASE HELP! Please let me know what you think about the different versions. How can I make the scene more immersive? Paint-overs are very welcome if you'd like to explain any ideas you have.

I'll post some of my other perspectives in the comments if you're interested in what I've been exploring.
Thanks! 
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Hello! I've been trying to get better at painting faces digitally. After several paintings, I think this painting is okay enough for me to submit for a possible critique! Please leave suggestions and critiques below!
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Hi! I'm looking for some help with theses studies. I think I've reached a point where I'm not sure where to go, especially with the eyebrows/lashes.

Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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