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Lets Go Get Em by Thesis-D Lets Go Get Em by Thesis-D
Closer up version of the characters can be seen here --->

At last! My first artwork for 2013 is finished! It started off as a simple concept and sketch of a barbarian woman, then a small background and dragon, then I just kept drawing and drawing.....and drawing, then painting and painting...and painting and painting until I ended up with a 4737x3517 canvas... without even realizing it was that huge, so you can imagine why it took so long to finish this! Overall, I challenged myself for the new year by drawing things I either haven't drawn before, or have very little experience drawing (armor, weapons, and creatures). Coupled with a landscape that was never intended to be this huge, it made for a big undertaking, but I accomplished what I set out to do! I'm tired as heck, but it was worth it! :faint:

In consideration of you, the viewer, the original has been re-sized into what you are viewing now. I may make the hi-res version available as premium content at a later date for those interested in all the up-close, hi-res details. :)

Anyway, this is Hilda and her pet dragon Narse getting ready for some adventure or other in looting, plundering, or some various other mercenary work or mission. This duo is for hire, if the price is right! :XD:

90% done in Paint Tool SAI, and 10% finished in Painter X, with my wacom intuos3 tablet.

ARTWORK BY & DAMIEN JONES
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Professor-R Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
You're so good at painting rocks with texture!
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you; I love painting rocks! If I can find an excuse to add rocks into a picture, I probably will. :XD:
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James-McKenzie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice detail on the rocks :)
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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TonyJeffers Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Student
Nice job with the detail in the rocks here, they are nicely detailed and add a lot to the overall flow of this piece.
I also like the water that you painted in especailly the waterfalls at the bottom.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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R1VENkassle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the environment :D It has such a great layout and it comes across as very magical. I hope you continue to challenge yourself this year! Best wishes!
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I have challenged myself since this picture. My latest painting is an underwater theme with a mermaid; both are things I've never tried before. You can see it here if you like: [link]
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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! Soo many rocks! I have a nasty habit of getting bored with details after a while. :paranoid:
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I like drawing rocks. :XD:

Then don't get bored! Discipline young grasshopper!
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PixlPhantasy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I try! >.> Sometimes.
*goes back to scribbling*
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DashadyAlien Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well damn u aren't kidding when u say it's a big art piece. Look at all that work thats put in it , the cave or rock structures , the water flow, the barbarian and her dragon put , very supurbly done.Even the shady or misty bg it , very neatly done. The shading and lighting are top aswel. meaby a torch or light here and there would have made it even prettier but the work here is already top notch. A real good eye for detail and a work well worth making it's awsome.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you like it. :)
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zerodj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the amount of detail this work has. The complexity and variety of the rocks give it a very natural look and feeling, though we are looking at something more fantasy type. Another fantastic thing is to look at the dragon, the scales are wonderfully done, they convince me it is a real dragon. I also like that he is not fierce or devilish looking considering he is a small dragon, probably a baby one. The polearm looks polished, real steel looking and the shape of it is really awesome. My only small concern is with the girls face, getting to the chin area, I find something a little off, but maybe its just me. The rest is perfect. You were able to achieve a toned body on the girl, something necessary since she is wearing armor and a heavy weapon. This indeed is a great job and really lovely.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you feel this way. Yes, the dragon is still really young. She raised it since it was a hatchling. Eventually it will become a huge red dragon, and she can probably ride on his back, etc. That would be pretty epic.
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zerodj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! I do apologize for not reading the description since you might have said it xD I just went ahead and wrote the comment xD
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fine. Most people aren't drawn to the description at first anyways. It is good to read them though. There's a link to a closer up version of the characters if you want to see it.
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zerodj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I did saw the close up. I usually read descriptions, it's just I have been reading all day long and I got kinda lazy xD
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should take a break, then!
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zerodj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I am on the break right now, working on my drawing
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This rocks! (haha...sorry, couldn't resist). I am in awe of your patience and dedication; the care you took with the background really makes this an impressive composition. I especially like the way the rocks fade into the misty background...and is that a barely visible city-scape in the distance? I any case, it's a VERY nice effect. You are inspiring me to take more time with my drawings.

I do agree with :iconneoconvoy: in that it would be nice if your two figures were casting shadows on the rocks.

So what did you think of working with SAI?
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rocks, rocks, everywhere! I make Fred Flintstone jealous! YABBA DABBA DOOOO I'VE GOT MORE ROCKS THAN YOOOOOOUU!

Ahem...

Thank you, Glenn! I'm glad you're able to appreciate my effort, and even get some inspiration from it. That's nice of you to say. And no, it wasn't meant to be a city-scape, just really jagged outcroppings, like some of the ones in the foreground, but I did consider what you did in that they could be some sort of man made structure. Who knows. Leaving it ambiguous is more fun. :XD:

Yes, the characters definitely need more shadows to solidify them with the background. I've received comments like that several times now, so I'm thinking of maybe going back in and doing that at least. The picture has several issues beyond that, but I'm content to let them go. I don't want to disturb the peace I have over the image too much.

As for SAI, it was great. If I can save up some extra cash or do some commissions, I'm definitely going to buy it. My trial version expired shortly before I finished the picture, so I can't use the program for now.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, when I see what can be done with a picture that you actually spend more than 2-3 hours on, it is impressive. Of course, there comes a time when you have to let it go...when you just have to call it done. There's a happy medium I'm sure between "just post the damn thing already" and "never". I'm too much like the former.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's right. As long as you learned something new for you to possibly apply to your next picture, then its all good. :)

I think the longer you go with a picture the more you want to see it through to the end, since you've already spent so much time with it. When you do see it through, its a very gratifying feeling. So, these things have a way of balancing themselves out.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"...the longer you go with a picture the more you want to see it through to the end..." Or I find that I get bored with it, or disappointed that it's not turning out how I envisioned, or something. That's what I like about your recent work; it doesn't look like you said "oh screw it" at the end and just quickly fudged a background or something. You've taken your time with the whole composition. I need to take a lesson from that.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I definitely feel that way sometimes, too. I just think the key is to keep your eye on the prize and why you started the drawing to begin with. If you work with subject matter you enjoy, the reward is often just relishing in drawing something you enjoy, regardless of how it turns out. Self discipline is something all artists have to work on, though, and to be honest, its only natural to get bored with something if you're just not enjoying it or 'feeling it' any longer. I've had pictures like that before, but I finish them anyway. I still get the satisfaction of finishing, but the enjoyment in the final stages is lessened, since you sometimes feel like you're finishing begrudgingly and there's no merit in that. It can feel like you're completing a picture more out of a stubborn desire to finish than a want or need and if taken incorrectly, this can feel like a personal let down. I think if we start getting deeply into the psychological aspect of art, we start realizing how vast it is, and all the more so because of the individual holding the brush and how their personality and temperament influence the possibilities.

Trust me, I know how you seem to feel. I'm learning, you're learning, we're all still learning or experiencing something new in our art on some level, or in ourselves as artists.

Be that as it may however, I am happy to receive your positive review of my work ethic, as I did try pretty hard with this one. If others are inspired or benefit from that, then its even better.
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Yeahyeahyeaaah Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Whoooaaaa Thesis, this is really swell and it's gotta be one of your best works so far!
I always admired your patience and attention to details in your artworks and this time is of no exception!
The background looks aweeeesome, it has that wicked concept art-ish sort of vibe to it and the scales from the dragon captured my attention as well, gosh, really great job!

I like how you've set up some goals and managed to achieve them, it's quite inspirational, I hope that I'll be able to pull off such a drawing some day and especially at such a great scale hahah 8,)

(oh right, this is purely out of curiosity, but you remember approximate how much time did you spend on this drawing?)
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, my friend! I didn't think I would be an inspiration, that's a sweet thing to say. I hope you're able to challenge yourself to even better greatness as time goes on. :)

(Well, I didn't keep track of the hours. But what I do know is that this project took about one month. And I know that because Paint Tool SAI's trial time lasts for 31 days, and I started this a couple days after I downloaded SAI. I didn't work on it everyday, though, and the hours I would work on it would vary, so I can't give a time. But, if it was around 31 days, then it was alot...too much. :XD:
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Good work with the background!

Is one of the first noticed parts of the paintings. Also, you have improved greatly compared with previous backgrounds featuring rocks. I like the use of atmospheric perspective.

There are a couple things I see that are lacking, and are cast shadows from the characters, and a reflection in the water below the girl.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you noticed the improvements. :)

Yes, the shadows are a problem I noticed too. Another thing is, that they stand out more because they have a greater color variation and intensity than the rocks, so that, coupled with the shadow issue, makes them look not too solidified in the background.

Also, the ground below them was something I actually didn't get around to coloring. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it. At first, it was going to be a patch of grassy sort of dirt, but then this didn't make sense seeing how arid and dry everything looks. It sort of looks like an extension of the water area, but its not. I probably should have made it's purpose less ambiguous.
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Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Maybe less contrast? where they are, the background begins to have fog.

Maybe, just sand and a few grass could have worked too.
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think that might have helped. :)
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Biged900 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artist
Awesome and amazing picture
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Thesis-D Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. If you want to see just the characters up close, the link is in the description. :)
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