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Firebrand by dragonsong12 Firebrand by dragonsong12
Oh look, yet another picture of Ry. Haha! I'm so creative...

This was actually made to try out some new coloring techniques. I wanted to experiment with the lighting, and Ry is good, familiar ground for that. It didn't turn out quite how I wanted, but I decided that it looked good enough to go into the gallery rather than the scraps.

Besides, it's been a while since I'd done any FFC art, everything lately has been TM themed. (I've actually done another TM piece, but I didn't like it, so I didn't keep it...oh well)

At any rate, I've learned some things with this, and hopefully I can apply them in the future to better effect!
...plus drawing Ry is fun.

...I really should've been getting ahead on the comic this weekend... heh heh.

Ry is from my webcomic: [link]
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Cyerte Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I know I talk about pose a lot 'cause its always the thing that draws me into a pic, and I love it here - he's got a fairly open stance, but something says that if you try to exploit it, your ass is his <.<
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have that same problem with details. People who draw very detailed images will get that from me because it's where my eyes go first. That and character expressions. :D
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Ferret-X Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ry looks awesome...*stares*
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Though make sure not to stand directly in front of him. He looks a bit miffed. :D
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Student General Artist
I finally drag my arse onto DA and I'm greeted by over 70 deviations to chop through. So that's why I haven't commented on this sooner!

I have to say I really like the solid look of the flames, whenever I make fire in Photoshop it's usually just a combination of some pain and the smudge tool and it always ends up looking like some fluffy boa or plummage rather than flame. I also highly admire the yellow line work, you don't notice it much unless you really ask yourself "ok, how did she make all the glow around the flame?" It's subtle but it works! And of coarse I also admire the glowy highlighting in general, I always feel I layer it all up too much when I do something similar!
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem! I'm...in the same boat *looks at '66 deviations' note at the top of the page and hangs head in shame*

I admit, I make pretty liberal use of the smudge tool on fire myself. It's just makes it too easy to blend colors together into pointy tongues of fire. I understand your troubles though (especially since my computer wigs out if I use any brushes large than 45 to smudge - curse your limitations!)
I'm glad the lighting of the lines came of as subtle, I was worried it was too glaring, so you've really set my mind at ease! Such a simple thing adds such great effect!
...and as for layers...well, this used a ridiculous number of them just for the lighting. ^^; But at least it came out glowy!

I was actually following a tutorial (though changing some of it, since that artist works very differently than I) I could dig it uo and link it to you if you're interested.
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student General Artist
I think something I learned not long ago is that when you're doing something in art, (shading, fire, highlights, etc) sometimes you just have to be bold, rather than setting the opacity to 10% and making a million strokes to get some shading, you almost need to learn to take it up to 40%-60% and do it in just a few strokes. I know that's my problem, I have so little control of strokes and such that I compensate by making each one minute and doing a million of them, I think that's why my fire effects come out odd looking XD

I've been in that boat too, thinking things are too obvious, when you work on something so long you forget that things are subtle because often you just stared at that very thing at 300% magnification for an hour as you tweak it XD.
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Light-Tracer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
Hey, that looks cool! I really like how you did the glow-lighting; it's pretty sweet :XD:

Hehehe, fiiiiire~
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fire is always fun. :D
I think I might have to play with this again, it was kinda fun! Though a little outside of my normal thinking for high-lights.
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TwilightOfTheGods1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
ooh, nice! I love the fire, and the lighting looks fantastic ^.^
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