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thanks you for the nice welcome back. It feels good to be up and out of bed, although I still get very tired and sleepy from the meds. I'm finally back in remission right now so hopefully I'll get a bit of art time in.

I missed my computor and playing with the colors on the screen. So many things to try yet I don't know where to begin. :lol:

ciao OMA

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well I finally felt up to finishing this one.

thanks to Welsh you clarified how I needed to do the rocks for the cave floor.

I enjoyed doing this image but find I'm still not too fond of dark and brooding. :wink:

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well I'd already flattened that portion of the tree back around mid/ end of Jan so hopefully this works out. So I did a backwards variation of what Helen suggested. drew some new leaves and lightened them and added in over top and added some very faint shadows. had to wand in and feathers some areas of the sky so the tree didn't loose the sparse ness in the left side.

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and some releif just because those leaves still looked too flat. :lol:

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thanks Possum its not my favourite image, even if each individual component in it was challenging. I love the sky and that's what originally attracted me to doing a mystical art piece. The overall darkness of the rest of the piece is what I find puts me off, its a sight thing with me, dark and not enough contrast I find hard to look at on computor screens. Did you find the skull and sword in the clouds? I liked how they turned out quite a bit.

I did like the practice of working with perspective on the bridge/wall. Learned quite a bit on that this image. The dragon was time consuming but enjoyable. overall my satisfaction of this image would be around 8 or 9 for execution. 7 or 8 for perspective and about 5 for color. too much black/dark

ciao OMA

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The sky is sooo magical! And everything else is superb, extraordinary, fantabulous, out of this world, and stupendously awesome!Wow! The patience that you have is far too great than we all have here. :shock: :shock: :shock: There's a tiny suggestion I'd like to make. Just a teeny, tiny, bitty, eensy, weensy....well, you get the point. For the tree's leaves, copy the leaves on a separate layer beneath the ones that you have now. Darken them a bit and reduce the size just a bit. Repeat the same thing (Add new layer beneath, darken even more). That way, the leaves/tree will have a little more depth.

I forgot to comment on the tree's bark; did I say that it's amazing? :shock: The dragon beside the blinked at me three times and waved it's tail, too. *rubs eyes* Nope, the dragon did it again. It's real, isn't it? :shock:

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I like dark and brooding ...

... and with the colours of the sky it really works in this image. It gives the dragon a very menacing look.

(If you're like me the rocks got very tedious after the first few layers)

The dragon has been used in some great images, and this is no exception

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I love this piece. The sky is really stunning. The dragon is menacing in a cute way. I can't think of dragons as bad.

Helen's suggestion on the leaves might be worth a try to give them a bit more depth.

The bridge is fantastic.

Dark & brooding I love too.

Well done, Oma!

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Lovely image Oma and the dragon is simply stunning. However I do agree with Helen and think the foliage just at the front of the cave looks a bit `pasted' on and definitely needs more depth.. Other than that another superb image. :wink:

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WhooHoo , it was well worth the wait to see :shock: amazing .. I do see the skull and sword in the clouds . Love the colors of it too , the Dragon is menacing :mrgreen: great job I want to see this in the Galleria ..

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thanks you Helen I had actually flattened that tree into the landscape back around end of Jan. so I had to try a reverse of what you suggested. i re drew some leaves and added them lighter and shadowed over the other flattened image.

parts of the sky had to also be cut and repasted and then feathered in on the left to keep the openess I wanted in the tree branches. hopefully that helps the perspective issues of the tree leaves. And that dragon is such a cheeky fellow imagine blinking at you. :lol:

0(-.-)0 hope you find your tounge soon. :lol: thanks!

Welshblue yes you are so there with me on those rocks tedium in the extreem. but worth the effort. thanks for the tips. Yes that dragon has been used in a few ways. It was originally for this myth and magic but I got side tracked in Helens challenge and he popped up as a jewel there. :lol:

Barbieq thanks ever so much I tried to fix leaves hope I didn't mess up. :lol:

Goonfella well thanks you so much as I said tried to fix leaves see above. Not sure why I didn't notice that. Guess I'd been working on it for so long it was just all running together before my eyes and I wasn't noticing details. :lol: that's why my PDN fanatics are so darn important to me.

Sokagirl I'm glad you like this dragon. he was fun to do.

ciao OMA

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Just seen the new foliage. Much better . Now it looks like green grapes! :lol: (only joking :D )

It `s a definite improvement and makes all the difference to the picture. The Devil`s in the detail as they say. :wink:

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I thought i had left a comment on the final work :oops: my only criticism is to much of that beautiful sky is unseen, the mountain range and sky would make a stunning work on their own, it makes me think of snow being blown off the mountain tops and sun reflecting of the snow creating colours, the dragon is like a guardian at the end of a tunnel that opens out into fantasy land :)

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thanks AFG another try at a mystical sky style will be on the agenda for later in the month. After I complete my next item on my 10 must try list for 2010. I'm in process of doing 4th personal challenge work. It may not be as impressive to those not familiar with the paint.net program ... but I'm sure there will be others that recognize the work involved to figure it out.

thanks for the tip on the leaves Helen. I knew something was off but I'd been looking at it far too long. Only wish I'd been working from an unflattened tree image. Goonfella made me laugh with his grape description. (I was eating a bunch of grapes when I was working on the update) wonder what mr Sigmund Freude would make of the subliminal thought process.

Barbieq thanks ever so much.

ciao OMA

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thanks you very much yellowman for the comments you left here and more detailed message on other forum. I appreciate the feedback.

ciao OMA

often when I'm getting ready to do a detailed semi realistic piece I set my self up with an abstract to clear the mind of distractions.

this one I've named Restore.

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The lighting effect in the work is :shock: and i love how you have reflected the main image onto the tentacles (i know there not tentacles but i cant think of a more suitable word just now :roll: ) it gives it a glass/metallic look, wonderful work :)

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Wonderful image Oma. This shouts frosted glass at me. Not only that but the wavy lines come flying out at you in 3D splendour like on the real glass ornaments this reminds me of! Nicely done. :wink:

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A beautiful image. Soft & lovely. I reminds me too of glass. It would make a nice feature in a glass panel door or the top of a coffee table. Really lovely image. Glad you're doing abstracts again.

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