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Another Day Gone by MeliHitchcock Another Day Gone by MeliHitchcock
The sun was sinking low on the horizon when the great reptilian beast landed upon a tall peak jutting higher than all others surrounding it. Standing proud, his eyes glanced about the barren landscape, its colors now warm from the suns light as it slowly dipped behind the mountains. It was a fleeting event, brought about as if nature herself desired to rekindle some spark of life and beauty to this desolate and cold location. In but a few moments, this would all be returned to its former self and the great dragon knew that another day was gone. Another day of plotting his rise to power and domination.

Tomorrow, however, always held the promise of possibilities.


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This whole thing started as a piddly project and just sort of exploded. I had done an old acrylic painting of a dragon that I wanted to update and pimpify. But as I was redoing that piece, I decided that it was really boring and had no real drama to it. So, I started to paint it in a sunset with more dramatic lighting, but even that was failing.

Two revisions later, I decided to go sifting through my big resource files of various sky lines I've photographed. Picking out a rather nice sunset I snapped, I decided to use that as my background. And this is the result.

Not quite what I intended from the beginning, but I still love the results. :) Special thanks to the dudes and dudettes at Concept Art and Pixelbrush for all the critiques and paintovers!

EDIT
I fixed some technical things with the old image. It was really, really dark. At least the print that I got from it was really dark, and my now calibrated monitor also displayed that too. Anyway, added in more details to the rocks. This image is considered a done deal. =p

Because of dA's print system where my larger version gets uploaded into the gallery, I'm going to use the watermark. :/ Wish I didn't have to, as I liked uploading a separate image for prints instead, but this what I've got to work with.
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:iconsteventhethorn:
SteventheThorn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great lighting, nice pose on the dragon. Really cool piece!
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WordSmith7 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Ooooh! I like it! :D So regal...
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:iconmokinzi:
Mokinzi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   General Artist
Gah, this is crazy O.O
Just the kind of picture you can look at forever. The light and colour scheme is really stunning, and the mountains and clouds are amazingly done. And the wings of that dragon - just wow.
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BlackDelphin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i LOVE the tones..and the transparent look of those wings :love:
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:iconvaloliveira:
valoliveira Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!!!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconcarriebest:
CarrieBest Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that sky and the lighting is gorgeous! Very inspiring! :rose:
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hehe Thank you! Probably wouldn't have turned out as well had I not had tons and tons of photos to look through (I knew taking thousands of photos of the sky would one day come in handy :lol:)
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CarrieBest Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think your talent must come in handy too! :lol:
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:iconmeerin:
Meerin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thats so beautiful ^^
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:iconlexgoyle:
LexGoyle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hey this is a great picture. Looks like alot of time and effort went into it's creation.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it took a while to do. I don't know long exactly since I worked off and on on it (like I usually do with my work), but it was somewhere over the 20 hours mark.
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:iconlexgoyle:
LexGoyle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Well it certainly shows. Kinda like some sort of poster you'd go out and buy in a store or see on the cover of a novel. Ah I hope I can get to a similar level with my stuff, that's for sure. Keep up the great work.
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EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A very nice pic, and the story behind it is awesome. I love it!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! One of these days I will finish that damn story, but my writing muse has taken off on me. :(
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:iconeddarkflame:
EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL she will come back eventually =D And your're welcomed!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really hope so! :D
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:iconthecapturedspy:
thecapturedspy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Those are some lovely mountains :heart: Great coloring on this!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Reference came in handy for this. :B
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:iconnightpark:
Nightpark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist
Wow, this looks really beautiful, I love the warm lighting! Great work! :D
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Anako-ART Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
what a beautiful lighting! *_*
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks! To be honest, I don't think it would have turned out nearly as well had I not used my reference for that. I take so many photos of skylines, I figured I might as well use em for a painting. :XD:
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Anima-Lux-Artifex Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!
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Salvii Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008   Digital Artist
Very impressive, I really love the lighting of the painting and the glow of the sun reflecting of the wings and rocks- such a wonderful atomosphere :) It reminds me of a book I read when I was 8 but I can't remember what it was called :(
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Helioth Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
The wings remind me of several things, least of which are not: the inside lining of... humans, wombs more specifically, sun-screens (or what are those things that soak up the sun's energy to store / use power ? solar panels ?) windmills, canvases, sheets and "wings".

I see you've really developed your technique since I was active, great stuff.

I discovered a site called conceptart.org which I thought you might be interested in, if you didn't already know of it's existence (description, same place?), I've been lurking there for around a year or more, also cgtalk but that's more for the professional side I guess.

Words to offer for the painting, technically, it looks like the mountain / jagged edge in the centre of the page has a slope due to the small rubble on the (left) side of it.
It's also not consistent with the way the clouds have been done and because the paw / hand / hoof / claw of the dragon is in the way, conveniently provides a way for the viewer to presume it is actually a part of the mountain, the left mountain reassures that this is not so but that doesn't change the suggestion, so it looks a bit out of place, perhaps I need eye surgery though.

Things i really like about it; the blue in the clouds, the "lens flare" (?) orange on the mountain, great use of color to emulate light, the overall tones and the title, which fits.

Overall it does seem a little like it might be a crop of a "grander" picture and I know, from your other pictures you understand more than is needed to show what is shown in this picture about placement on page, maybe you wanted the clouds to be slightly lopsided and the dragon to look a little stifled... just trying to suggest things that might be of use. I've been reading the loomis books on drawing, illustration and painting and I think he really nails a lot of things, for instance when he says no amount of explanation, defense or et c can stir up the profound emotions in people which a painting can (which is to say explanation about a painting, not explanation - writing)

This picture has something of that.

Anyway, rock/roll on!
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psychopaths24 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008   Writer
wow...breathtakingly beautiful!^.^
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sootybosk Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
This painting is so soft, yet the colors are so rich. I love it.
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Mystik-Rider Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
wow! great work! I love dragon, and this one is magnificent! :clap:
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:iconvinroc:
VinRoc Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing piece!
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MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Vin! :) I need to log in earlier to the chat so I can catch everyone as it seems I log in too late to properly get to talk with everyone. lol
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:iconvinroc:
VinRoc Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awww its ok, I'm glad we talked a little though :) Thanks for the watch!
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Drea14 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
ooo~ I love the colors! =) This is very well done! =D :+fav:
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:iconkirsui:
Kirsui Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007   General Artist
very impressive. =) The dragon looks very good. ^^
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
Nice work with the colors. Also, the composition is working very well! The shape of the dragon's head bothers me for some reason, I just can't describe what could be wrong there.

Anyhow, you have done a great job! I'll be watching you for more :)
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Too bulky maybe? Tends to be a trend of mine for the boy dragons I make. :) Makes for more padding for when they get into fights. :XD:
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slashnaricssist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Oh WOW.
The colours are so amazing.
Beautiful, awesome, :+fav:'d~!!! :heart:
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:iconalecan:
alecan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
i really like it, especially the wings! :D
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Daniel24 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Wow...it's really good.
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconscottpurdy:
ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007   Digital Artist
The sunset is outstanding!
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude! :)
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:iconscottpurdy:
ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007   Digital Artist
NP :)
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The sunset and rocks in this are especially beautiful!
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YikYik Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Wow! That is really beautiful! Wonderful colours and very realistic looking! Nice dragon too! I wanna paint dragons toooo!!! =P *pats the plotting dragon on the nose then swiftly runs*
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Black-Ravyn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Lovely composition, and I really like the way you rendered the image. Simple background, but it works so well. :0
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
:drool:
super cool, I can't remember how this looked before though ^^;

But it currently looks amazing!
Amazing enough for me to forget my headache ;P
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:iconmelihitchcock:
MeliHitchcock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I think the print version is still the old one. But I have no idea how to fix it just yet. :bucktooth: So I guess you can take a look at that one for comparison. hehe
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