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For Honor and Glory!! by endave For Honor and Glory!! by endave
A revisit of one of my most favorite paintings from last year. The original was done in November 2012...tried to apply as much of what I have learned over the past few month as possible to give it a decent face lift. I hope looks good.

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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a difference the few minor changes made in this update.

I have to agree with the other previous comments here- I think the brightening of the dragon's fire, as well as the reflective highlights/details of both the knight's armor and sword really make a marked improvement to this piece. I also like the added enhancement to his cloak.

Just out of curiosity, did you also darken the feature's of the dragon's face in order to emphasize the brilliance of the fire coming out of its mouth?

Kudos to you! for first creating and then improving on this excellent piece. :D
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endave Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the compliment! I darkened the dragons features to make the both the knight and dragon stand out against the flame...however, my actual intent was to make the dragon seem much father away. I am really happy with the outcome especially since this was alll 100% imagination, however I felt/feel the painting is still somewhat 2 dimensional and doesn't really invoke the level I am hoping to eventually achieve.

I made a request last night for an artist to critique/paint over it in his livestream and it looked so amazing with bounced light, rim lighting, more shadows etc. He promised to send me the PS file so I can take a look at his technique and how he accomplished making the painting so much better in less than 20 mins :)

Once again, thank you for the comment! I appreciate the kind words! :love:
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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I~ I made a request last night for an artist to critique/paint over it in his livestream and it looked so amazing with bounced light, rim lighting, more shadows etc. He promised to send me the PS file so I can take a look at his technique and how he accomplished making the painting so much better in less than 20 mins ~

Wow, how awesome is that? That really was so very cool of that artist to help you out like that.

Do you also like to read books on art? If so, I just recently bought a really cool book 'Color and Light' written and illustrated by James Gurney that pretty much covers all that you just mentioned.
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endave Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea it was very cool and he did send me the Photoshop file which was very awesome of him! You should check his page out here :iconryomaninja:

I usually read stuff online or on tutorials on DA, but I think I might actually pick up the book you mentioned. The reviews are great and the content focuses on an area I am severely lacking in. Thanks a lot for suggesting it!
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooo awesome!
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endave Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you liked the painting :)
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ThunderboltFire Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Nice paladin, but doesn't he fear about burning his long hair? :D
In my opinion the sword, eyes and the claws of dragon looks better now (sword especially). For sure armour is now more shiny and dragon's scales looks less like crocodile's (older version was more green).
And it looks more epic of course :XD:
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endave Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the kind words!! I appreciate you taking the time to comment on the painting :)

The valiant knight has several wards to protect him from dragon breath...and he also uses a fantasy panteen pro-V that I heard is fire resistant ;)
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ThunderboltFire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
No problem, you're welcome! :D
Fire resistance! Huh, I didn't think about that...
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Gewalgon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one looks much better than the last version.
The firebreath looks more authentic, because it's brighter.
The dragon's face looks great too with the new light effects.
Good job!
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