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Little Dragon by kovah Little Dragon by kovah
I made a tiny dragon! He guards your coins. 
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alzo77 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2018
So i feel like your little dragon and this post go perfectly together Heart
Tiny Dragon and his Coin (Event) by alzo77   
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kovah Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I read that on tumblr originally and it is what he is based on :)
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JezzLundkvistArt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hihi so cute =)
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kovah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Yinuishi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This made me smirk. I love your choice of colors and the blue background really does make the dragon standout as the true focal point of the picture. My only question is how did you get the colors to look so vibrant?
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kovah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you I'm glad you like it!

To get the colour's looking so vibrant you need to be very aware of tone and saturation. If you colour pick the image you will see that most of it isn't much over say 50-60% saturation, its pretty grey - which means that any bits more than that such as the head and the coins don't need to be super bright (and so look over saturated) to stand out. It's a question of balencing your image to hover around that middle ground without looking flat so you can make the bits pop without over-doing the colour.

You also need to be aware of tone (lights and darks) you should keep your tones between say 10% and 90% grey, only for very specular highlights do you need to use pure white and rarely if ever pure black.

I would recommend this course - www.schoolism.com/school.php?i… if you are interested in learning more about lighting/colour as he does a great job explaining them.
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Yinuishi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I have been having a lot of trouble with coloring as of late. Like take for example, the picture below. She is probably my best piece of art I have drawn so far. I have gotten better but coloring has been really difficult.
Stelara Diamondicle of Time by YinuishiDraws  
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kovah Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I suspect if you turn that greyscale there will be very little difference between the grey of her dress and the grey of the background which is one of the reasons why it isn't standing out very much. It's also suffering from the fact the hue isn't that different. My dragon stands out because the bits of the dragon i want people to focus on are yellow orange and the 'opposite' colour to those on the wheel are blues and purples like the background. The body of the dragon isn't so important so its a similar hue to the background BUT it stands out against the gold of the coins.

So you need to keep in mind 3 major things when you are setting up an image.

Tone - (how light or dark things are) You don't really want light stuff next to light stuff, but a variation between the two things depending on material/lighting etc.
Saturation (how grey or saturated things are) Very few things/lighting effects bring out full saturation so you want to be working on the more grey side of colours
Hue - (what colour stuff is) Look at colour wheels, contrasting colours make things pop. Similar colours don't.

I really recommend doing studies of photos or life because they help you build up that muscle memory in your brain. Say with that image if you went and did 5 studies of real dresses focusing on the way the fabric folds, material etc, and a couple of hourglasses I bet if you drew the image again you would have improved on that image.
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