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Hanging around by HailDawn Hanging around by HailDawn
PHEW! Finally done! I worked really hard on this last night to finish it, and to be honest I am very happy with the outcome. ;) I know there are a few mistakes thanks to your critiques, like the wings and such, but I'll know for next time. It was a bit late to fix it.

Anyway, this is a commission for *KlowWolf.
Hope you like it, thanks for being so patient! :)

2010 Haildawn
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Firstly, I love the pose you picked for the character, there is plenty of movement to draw the eyes!

Also, the glow from the rings around the tail is very smooth and clean- you achieved that perfect, gentle glow!

I can see other critiques have pointed out anatomy flaws, so I will focus on an area that received less crit focus: the background.

I can see you were aiming for a screenshot appearance with the black bars around the edges and the blur over the background. While a blur effect can, in some cases, get you that prized screenshot look, all too often it says 'I was too hasty on the background, and I want to hide the sloppiness.'

To improve your backgrounds, I would suggest studying real life scenery. Whether from photos, movies, or outdoors, spend time looking at the types of scenery you want to paint. By doing so, you will begin to distinguish natural environments from backgrounds that look forced or artificial.

For instance, the trees in this background should be kind of spreading and dispersing into the backdrop, getting smaller as the eye travels away from the foreground. However, they seem to be growing in one clean line along the river's edge. In real environments, trees never grow in neat little lines. They grow all over the place, their branches seeking the sunlight in twists and curves.

The rocks in the upper right corner of the foreground are well shaded! They have the sharp shaded look of real rocks, yet their position is unnatural. Having them form a perfect border around the waterfall makes the scene look forced, artificial. I'd suggest scattering the rocks so that they are spread a bit farther apart, and so that they all face different directions. In natural settings, rocks do not all face one direction and form a perfect, solid 'fence' around streams like that. :)

In the future, you need to spend as much, if not more time on your backgrounds if you want more complete images. A well drawn character can be the focal point of your art, but if the background does not receive as much attention, the whole image will suffer for it.

I hope my tips will help you become an even better artist in the future, with some good hard work! :heart:
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BelovedDoll Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Not bad. :)
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SpikedEarPichuZ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
That looks amazing O.o
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:iconbullieo12:
bullieo12 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
love the wings, and the colour
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Shapphireskin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Writer
EPIC, luv the concept! ^^
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconshapphireskin:
Shapphireskin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Writer
u welcome!
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Digital Artist
nice job^^ (I was going to point out the wings, but it seems as though you got a hang on it based on your comments :meow:)
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou!~
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010   Digital Artist
you're welcome
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:iconbilliejoefan7:
Billiejoefan7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
wow how you made that???
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha with lots of practice!
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:iconbilliejoefan7:
Billiejoefan7 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
okay :) your really good!!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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:iconbilliejoefan7:
Billiejoefan7 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
no problem :) so you like wolf's?
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I do! They're my favorite animal! ^^
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:iconzuzaheart12:
zuzaheart12 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010   Digital Artist
do u take drawin requests?
cause your style is awsome!!!!!!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No sorry I don't. :c
Thank you so much though!
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:iconzuzaheart12:
zuzaheart12 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010   Digital Artist
welcome
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:iconscreechaphobia:
screechaphobia Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
this is beautiful. c:
i really adore your style.
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! c:
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:iconhowl-legend:
Howl-Legend Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
i like it!!!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconkestrelraptor:
KestrelRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like the eyes! Well done!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkestrelraptor:
KestrelRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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:iconredsongwolf:
Redsongwolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Beautiful! Love the blurred BG!
I need to redo fanart for your character, my art sucked when I drew for ya!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
And are you kidding? No it didn't! xD I loved it!!
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:iconleeomon:
Leeomon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoooooooooaa!! I really can't think of a good comment to discribe this picture's awesomeness! This is just AMAZING! <333 Totally worth the wait and the money!
Thank you so so much, Zandy! I really love it! :love:
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I'm so glad you like it!:)
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:iconryuu-haku:
Ryuu-Haku Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice artwork !

good job ^^
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconryuu-haku:
Ryuu-Haku Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconkonoha-kat:
konoha-kat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Oh you finished! Very good job!

Love the details <3
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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XXXVITANIXXX Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Woooooooww beautiful! Love the wings and the background is gorgeous! Awwwwwwwww this is such a beautiful picture! <3
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!<33
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:iconxxxvitanixxx:
XXXVITANIXXX Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
You're welcome! :D <3<3
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:iconborchxd:
BorchXD Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Awesome job, pal! :la:
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconborchxd:
BorchXD Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
You're preatty welcome :)
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:iconmarioe64:
MarioE64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student General Artist
This is Amazing! :faint:
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks~
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:iconmarioe64:
MarioE64 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student General Artist
ur welcome :)
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:iconmoxillia:
Moxillia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love the bg! Awesome job!!! <3333 c:
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconmoxillia:
Moxillia Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
No problem! c:
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:iconbetlysquirrely:
betlysquirrely Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful, I really like how you did the glow effect on the rings on the tail its so pretty, great job!
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:iconhaildawn:
HailDawn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!~
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:iconbetlysquirrely:
betlysquirrely Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome :iconbummiesplz:
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:iconfang-wolf-ryuu:
Fang-wolf-Ryuu Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Very Nice! I love your style! :D

I think I need to improve on my paws :/
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