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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. :)
SpikedEarPichuZ Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
That looks amazing O.o
bullieo12 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
love the wings, and the colour
Shapphireskin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010   Writer
EPIC, luv the concept! ^^
HailDawn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :D
Shapphireskin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Writer
u welcome!
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:)
HailDawn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010   Digital Artist
you're welcome
Billiejoefan7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
wow how you made that???
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