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Dragonslayer battle over the holy city of Nirvana by dacadaca Dragonslayer battle over the holy city of Nirvana by dacadaca
Fairy Tail fanart I started during the summer vacation and finally finished. I really liked the battle between Natsu and Cobra and in my opinion it was the best one in the whole series :) I exaggerated it a little for my fangirl needs, I hope that's alright for you xD

Paint tool SAI, Wacom bamboo fun and who the hell knows how many hours of work

Fairy Tail Hiro Mashima
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OK here we go: the colours and detailing bring out the picture well, the colours are nice and effects are good. The background is fair but the light source on the rocks is a bit off, if you were going for the sun setting (which i'm guessing you were) the light would have reached the outskirts of the city and the closest towers/buildings would have been dark. Here it gives more of the perspective of the moon shining but even then it would be a bit dimmer. The snake is good but the face shape could be tweaked a little, the lighting got lost/smudged in, little light details on the eye would have made it stand out more. (if you were going for it to be hidden then ok but still just a suggestion). One more thing: it looks like you ran out of room on the canvas and had to squish it together, that's ok and not very important but if you'd made it wider then it would have given it a more cinematic look and you would have been able to play with the angle more!

Otherwise: love it! that Happy is so nice! poses are good but again because of squishing- angle got skewed, and i love this fanart, not many people i've seen drawing these battles has made a good one like this, thanks it made my day! Keep being awesome...................!

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This is a really strong piece that showcases a great deal of technical skill.

I give this 3 stars for originality--given that it's a fanart piece of a specific battle in a show. It should be noted that's as far as I will go for a piece of fanart, though had this not been fanart I would have given it 4.5.

The vision in this piece is inspiring, however, as I have yet to have any interest in the series before now and suddenly I am finding myself interested in watching it, solely based on the this artwork. You create a mood that is simultaneously whimsical and fantastic, awkward and glorious, which reminds me why I fell in love with the uncut version of One Piece.

As for Technique, as I said there is some evident skill that's quite amazing. But render is not consistent. On the one hand you have the right figure, which is superbly rendered and which I feel is the level of quality I would expect from giants like Square Enix. On the other hand you have the snake head, which I feel is not bad but just sort of flat, and the hair/face of the left figure, which seems to be a flat, anime rendering in a piece that is otherwise full of strong depth and rendering. Don't get me wrong--neither the snake nor the left figure's head are /bad/, but they look somewhat awkward next to the profoundly /good/ rendering in the rest of the work, like a B student in a class full of 4.0s. The left figure's left hand needs a smoother transition of shading, and the fingers, especially the thumb need to be redone with a reference because the depth of the hand disappears completely. It's obvious your skill is great, it just falters in places.

Impact seems a fitting note to end on, because it is the overriding quality of the work--it is striking. Simply put the impact is just inspiring, and this piece stands out as a portfolio gem for the mood, awe, and impression that it evokes. You communicate unequivocally to the viewer that this is the sort of glorious event that a poet is transfixed by. Well done.
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MsLinn Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  New member Student Digital Artist
Whoah, that's epic!:happybounce: 
DrewHolid Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Wow this is amazing :D
WatchHerFly Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Oh my GOSH the coloring on this is spectacular. I LOVE IT.
That and I don't get to see much fan work of Cobra. :la:
Lucy-H9 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
cool :la:
Lemnel24 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Most epic of all! Its coloring caught my attention! And the fighting scene sure is epic! :icongreatjobplz:
dacadaca Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
Flamereel18 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
This is beyond awesome- simply amazing :D
dacadaca Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
Monymaii Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
:wow: Awesome
dacadaca Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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