I really love the composition and perspective of this piece. It is truly gorgeous, and really, really detailed. I think you did an amazing job on both the background, the dragon, and the unicorn.
However, I'd like to put in a little note for some issues I am seeing with the unicorn itself. Mainly, its a shading glitch, which is pretty much focussed on the front shoulder and barrel. By the looks of things, you have the neck attached to the front shoulder seamlessly, rather than having the shoulder wider than the actual neck base like it should be. Perhaps adding a little shadow to the base of the neck, then highlighting where the top of the shoulder would be would aid in redefining that particular area. And for the barrel, you have it appearing too flat. Again, adding some shadow this time behind the shoulder, then towards the hind end of the barrel adding more highlights and this time working on making the sides seem rounder may help with that.
And, if I also may add, the only other thing that is bothering me with this beautiful picture, is how solid you have the mane/tail and beard set up. Perhaps if you were to add more small, individual hairs you could remedy that. Here are links to some good tutorials I know for making manes and tails, which might just help you with adding the amount of detail that you have laced throughout this picture so wonderfully, to tie it all together better: [link][link][link][link]
I really hope I may have been some help to you, and perhaps aided you in your efforts with this contest (BTW, good luck!) Even with the minor glitches, this picture is perfectly amazing, and I could easily see you doing well with it as it is
coucou J'adore ton dessin Si l'un de mes dragon pouvais être si réel ^^ J'ai un dragon en préaration un occidental, il n'est pas encore passé au feutre noir, ni en couleur, j'ai hâte de voir certain amis qui veut le voir, s'il y le fond à leur façon ^^
No problem - sorry I left such a nondescript comment... bad habit lately! I really like the glowing purewhiteness of the unicorn standing his ground on what is clearly his (her?) territory. Looks as if he's one of the last pure things left in a world of impending evil and enveloping smoke.
I don't think this'll be seen amidst the other comments. But I really like the composition of the piece, and your comments on it. I like that you took that realistic and limited view of the world and turned it into an unfeeling city alone in the distance and put a dragon to guard it against the creativity and life of the unicorn. that's a really cool concept and a very well done piece. I like it a lot.
and congrats on the semi-finals. I hope you can take it to finals.
*smiles* I read the comment and knew exactly what you were going for because I've had the same problem with people and understood just what you were illustrating. I can't draw it, but you did a really good job capturing it.
You are very, very skilled at drawing horses, and that's something not many can boast. The feel of this image is really great, and I love how it can be taken many ways. I really enjoy just looking at it. XD
Nice job! I love how the title really goes with the picture...I actually didn't see the dragon at first so I just thought the whole world was "evil" and the unicorn was "good"--going into the realm of evil and facing it off.
You know, I couldn't find a screen shot of it, but this reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Marge took up painting. She entered a piece of Homer passed out on the couch in his underwear, and when it came time to pick the blue ribbon-winner, it was chosen over a painting of a sad unicorn looking over its shoulder at the viewer with a text bubble that said 'why?'above its head, and a polluted city in the background. If this unicorn you did would just turn its head back at us, it would be practically the same thing. Watch the Simpsons much?
it's beautiful and all. but i just feel the buildings of the "other" realm should have been more evil looking and treacherous (for lack of better terms), like gothic buildings and dark, black castles hidden in the shadows. sorry if you hate me, that is just my opinion.
UNLESS you were trying to make the buildings look "good" but just in an unfortunate setting to have the horse have something to relate to and be familiar with to spark the first kernel of curiosity which produces interest in an entrance to the forbidden land. like the horse knows it is wrong to pass, but it sees the buildings and says they are good so it can't be that bad. but it is really just giving an excuse, trying to convince itself to make a move.
This looks just amazing! The near leg on the unicorn looks a little thick in comparison to the others, but aside from that, just incredible! I really love how realistic this is, but at the same time how it looks almost like a traditional painting. You really did "bring it to life"