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Dragon V3c by Synfull Dragon V3c by Synfull
Edit 22-1-12 (Version 3c)
An additional few minor teaks. Added some small rocks to connect the background rocks to the floor. I also reverted the clouds to the previous version since it was pointed out the cartoon-y style fitted the dragon more.

- Reverted the clouds
- Added small rocks between the background and floor
- Added some dirt to the floor
- Applied a slight brown tint to the rocks in the background

Edit 21-1-12 (Version 3b)
Having improved the ground from my second version, the sky was looking extremely plain, so I decided to work on some rocks for the background. They were made using the same principles of the floor, though I tried adding some moss to help break up the area.

I then added some different clouds based on this tutorial. I'm still not 100% sure of them, but they seem to fit the scene slightly better than the previous cartoon type clouds.

Original (Version 3a)
This is the third version of my dragon emote. I've chosen to upload it separately as I quite like seeing the progression between each of the versions C:

When I made the first version of this emote I loved it to bits. I was thrilled how the dragon came out and opted to add a simple background so its not simply floating in space. However over time I grew to dislike it and I felt it failed on both of my aims: 1) To improve my skills and 2) To be proud of what I make

Normally I would leave it and move on, but ^krissi001 gave me an awesome critique outlining some simple improvements which would vastly help the piece. Although I understood her advice, I didn't feel I was able to implement it as I had no knowledge of making more complex pixel backgrounds, and wasn't able to work it out from any examples.

However, earlier today I spotted an awesome tutorial which gave me the motivation to give the improvements a shot.

In all the edits in this version include:

- Removing the animation as it didn't fit the piece
- Adding a proper pixel floor
- Moving one eye slightly
- Slightly editing the colours
- Minor changes to the shadow
- Update to the clouds

It's still not 100% how I would like it, but it's getting there. If anyone knows of a good pixel cloud tutorial let me know :3

Credit
Dragon reference: [link]
Floor tutorial: [link]
Cloud tutorial: [link] (Version 3b only)

Previous Versions


Version 3a [link]
Version 3b [link]
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PotionPig Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
:D Thank you
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WatermelonSPLASH234 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
This is :censored: amazing! :iconjooyplz:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
:aww: Thanks
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WatermelonSPLASH234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Welcome:)
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9meow Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I love it!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
:)
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AzureLight12 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
amg it's fabulous I love it btw how much time did u spent with all the dthering OUO
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Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
:3 Thanks
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SparklyDest Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous. The details are....amazing. :nod:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
:love: thank you
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Quolia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is looking really great so far :clap: :heart:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
:) thank you
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Krissi001 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Awesome improvements :squee: :tighthug:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thank you :tighthug:
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wtg62 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww... that's cute...
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
:) Thank you
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wtg62 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :D
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Web5teR Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soo awesome work! Looks much better than previous versions! :la:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
:happybounce: thanks
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Kerubimu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the floor!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I'm quite proud of how that turned out :)
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Kerubimu Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: You should be it is epic!
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xxghost250xx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Amazing job on the ground and the rocks!!
I wanna hug that dragon so much. ;u;
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:giggle: thanks
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dhik-a Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This one is just breathtaking. Now I have to see this animated. :plotting:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
xD Doubt that one will happen
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silverhammer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks great with the new background :)
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:happybounce: thanks
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silverhammer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure :aww:
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Toxic-Fox-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student
Wow! :nod: :clap: That's really good! I love all of the details in the pixelling (such as the stones and the big dragon).
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:) thank you
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Toxic-Fox-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student
:) :hug:
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EternalxRequiem Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so awesome! I love that mossy rocks in the background and you did awesome on those clouds. ^^ I love how this is turning out. :happybounce:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:squee: thank you
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EternalxRequiem Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^
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Chibi-NinjaX3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The moss rocks look awesome
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:D thank you. I wasn't sure about them at first, but they are starting to grow on me
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Chibi-NinjaX3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
your welcome
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rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Artist
OH MA GOD I LOVE THAT DRAGON AND I SIMPLY ADORE YOU BACKGROUND!!!!!:squee:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:giggle: thanks
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rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Artist
:)
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CookiemagiK Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RAWR!
really like the shading and color choice for the dragon :D
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
:3 thank you. So impressed with what i've managed
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Twoohten Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I think the tan colour makes more 'sense', though I think I actually liked the green. =P When I saw the ground, I knew straight away which tutorial you used. :giggle: It is a magnificent one. You did an awesome job on the ground. :thumbsup: I don't know any cloud tutorials I'm afraid. I mostly just go with whatever I feel like. :lol:
If I may, I think instead of having just sky in the background why not some forests or mountains or something? Unless your intention is to have them high up. Just a thought I had, probably been suggested before.
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I think overall I prefer the tan as it highlights the stomach better, though the green wasn't awful to start with.

I think I do need to add something more complex than sky. I always imagined him to be on a cliff side but that shouldn't stop me adding something like a mountain or something more detailed to the background. It's just about finding tutorials or good references to help me achieve that
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Twoohten Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Yeah true. :nod:

Ooh, I'll certainly wait with bated breath for what you end up doing with the background. :) I can't be helpful with tutorials or anything I'm afraid, I don't go looking for them too much. I'm always worried I'll just copy the tutorial rather than learn. :ohnoes:
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Sometimes you need a tutorial to get you started in the right direction :) Though i agree its not a good idea to straight out copy it
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Twoohten Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I like the update. :nod: I'm going to nitpick again and say that maybe some of the rocks from the background should spill onto the floor. Right now they sort of look a bit detached. So minor though, so I wouldn't blame you for not doing it. :giggle:
On the clouds I think the dragon is sort of cartoony so maybe the previous clouds fitted better, for me anyway.
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I made a few minor tweaks. I like the principle of the small rocks linking the background to the floor, but I'm not completely convinced by them. Larger rocks just seemed to blend into the who sections too much. Any opinions?
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