I love autumn in case you can't tell, goes well with blue. Wanted to make something nice for this challenge, so there's a genuine legit background in there for ya. Maybe I'll do more of those in the future.
When I saw semi-finalists, I was SO 100% certain yours would be there. I am not in that contest so I'm more an observer there. Your improvement is just wow- and this piece is an perfection and example of improvement. I'm so sad to see that didn't make to semi-finalists.
And... i still dont understand fanart thing. And there is apparently drama... which I still dont understand the results of it?? [link]
Either way, I do think devART has failed clearly/correctly explaining the interpretation of fanart because I do see lots of people took it as is not allowed, even ones who really tried to read. There should be a strict YES all fanarts are allowed or NO, strictly no fanart allowed- no buts and "depends on interpretation".
Yeah, it was confusing. But oh well. DA contests usually seem to turn out like this from what I've observed. The people I expect to get in don't and pieces I never would have thought to consider randomly win.
That's quite unprofessional of DA. I've been reading Moon's and admins responses and they just play with eye rolling that they were correct. All matters IF most of the readers/participants will understand on 100% entry guidelines- simply like at The Hobbit contest (we will see the result of it anyway). No buts, no interpretations or anything. For me, whole issue of fanarts is only a matter of opinion and individual interpretations. For me, I understood strictly no fanarts were allowed.
But yes, that was reason why I stopped joining DA contests in general unless I'll feel fancy to take a try in that "lottery". Yes I name them lotteries.
The first piece is stylistically amazing and I honestly like it better. The second one is obviously well done, but the top is way more visually appealing to me personally. Just thought I'd throw my two cents in the hat.
I think people tend to like the top one because it's more of a stereotypical dragon, while that's personally the reason I myself dislike it, that and how badly it was drawn. I frankly don't understand the appeal, it baffles me.
Well in the first one the colors seem more vibrant and the dragon stands out as a mythical creature which can only be defined by early Japanese artists. The second one seems like a drawing off of a magic card. The stylistic choice of the first one creates a real sense of "what is that thing". Whereas the second one is more of a, "well that looks cool". I could get much more in depth, but I hope you understand a little more my intrigue with the first drawing.
Mermaids always sound sexy. If you saw one in real life you'd probably be disgusted by it's appearance.
If I saw only the first version I would´ve found it totally cool, but the background completes it! I totally like the new light reflections and the more dynamic pose. Takes your idea to a totally new level
It's really great to see one of these with actual, obvious improvement between the new and the old piece. I've seen so many where the artist just had a minor style change or something along the lines, and often the old piece was looking better than the new one - but not here, you've improved a whole lot since you did the old one, and it's showing!
I can't believe the improvements you've made in 1.5yrs... I NEED TO IMPROVE! But aside from that, I can see what people mean about the face shape but personally I think the new version seems more real and unique because of the less typical anatomy and style. The depth and beauty of the new painting is astounding, and I hope you are very proud of the incredible advances you've made in skill! Well done indeed ^ ^
I've done this a number of times over the years..and the best thing about it, is that even your work from 10-15 years ago (depending on how old you are) will still hold up in idea/concept... so with the improvement of skill level, it just makes the concept more aesthetically pleasing and it shows how strong of a design it was to begin with.
I think both of them are absolutely gorgeous, and there are elements of both that I prefer over one another, but I think overall the second is a wonderful improvement! I think the musculature in the first one's back legs I like a bit better than the second, but I love that the second is overall more ferocious and less dragon-like than the first one. Keep up the good work! ^^
Amazing improvement. And, contrary to a lot of others who commented, I also think the face shape was also improved upon. It's unique and shows more character than the first one, imo; though that isn't to say the original drawing isn't amazing too, of course~