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Epic elves by DanielAraya Epic elves by DanielAraya
I saw Lord of the Rings and got bitten by the fantasy bug. I spent about 3 full days at around 8 or 9 hours per day working on it, and once again I didn't do any sort of pre-planning like I should have. I really need to deal with these horrible, horrible habits of mine.
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ice-cream-dragon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW!! The ice sword looks amazing!! The way the blue light from the gem travels through is is fantastic!! :D You're VERY good at color and lighting!!!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I forgot about this piece. I like how the ice sword came out but everything else totally needs more work
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NERFCOMMIE Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I like the leg cut. very cutty
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kongvmax Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
wow..way to cool :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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leagueof1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
my friend once again another fantastic piece i love it and whats wrong sometimes with the lack of pre-planning that is what make art the way it is because you never know what your gonna get

amazing
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
haha, thanks man. When I do thumbnails, I tend to come up with compositions that are more dynamic and exciting. I also work out graphic issues with the values and overall it tends to lead to a better image (the 1 time I actually used thumbs.) Over the last few days, I'm really learning the value of thumbnails, and I've become addicted to doing them in my sketchbook.
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leagueof1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
see i as an artist are just so different than you as an artist . i've never in my life done thumbnails it just seems to work when i start a picture i don't plan the picture out on paper but only in y head like i have a mental picture of the picture im gonna be doing. i've also been told that i do the porcess of a picture a bit werid . as i mean i pencil the piece then i colour and ink it .

god artist are such an odd bunch we are

oh yeah did you sale your item u were selling or did u rob that bank . .

cheers
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I was told all through school to do thumbnails, and I did them, but my mind wasn't in the right place. Something just clicked recently to where I'm really appreciating the need to do them, it's been great!
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leagueof1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
so as an artist to another do you reckon i should start then with thumbnails and stuff.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
probably, yeah.
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leagueof1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
okay i'll give it ago
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hojirosanata Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
It's awesome :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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hojirosanata Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
You're welcome :)
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Puzzgon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hooray! It's finished! I think this is one of the most detailed pics you've done yet. I really like the lighting and colors in this; the elfin dude is definitely the focal point, but the dragon creature next to him offers a secondary point of interest with its contrast of colors and strong bits of highlight.

The small details within the mountains and rocks are quite nice, too. However, there are points where the snow looks more like fluff than powder, like on the rock in the far left, but there are no major errors with this that I see.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'll work on my snow rendering
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Tonywash Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice piece man!!!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man
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panelgutter Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The way youve pulled off the translucency in the sword is epic!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, lol the sword's blade was my favorite part.
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rndfunction Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a lot going on in this. It's beautiful but think that maybe one or two less elements might be better. For some reason the dragon? in the upper left hand corner is distracting.

Awesome nonetheless.
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good point, I'll have to push that dragon-thing back a bit
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jeffreylai Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009   Filmographer
this is great man!
nice lighting and colour
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!
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Robaato Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Lovin' the movement in that beast, dude! :D
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks mang
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