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Pushing the colors by Kyena Pushing the colors by Kyena
Challenging myself color-wise and forcing to paint stuff I normally dread

..uh yeah..WIP and all that jazz
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suelorenzo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Writer
I love your work, there is lot of poetry in it.
I found this site by chance because I was looking for dragon images for my profile. Would you mind me using one of your pictures for my profile? It would not be permanent, I am a dragon and it is the beginning of Chinese New Year today. I would include the link for your site, of course.
Thanks and good luck.
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justintee Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
amazing o.o
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jokovich Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
wow... the colour is awesome
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Lilyas Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Well, Natascha, this is a bit different to the gallery version of the "Portrait of a Wax - Dragon" - not only concerning the colours. But I feel very good about the brilliant contrasts here. I cannot decide which one I like better. :confused:
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thorajadeunbroken Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
very very awsome
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zancan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's turning out great, especially the vivid colors and the details that keep gaining definition here and then. The depth you suddenly added with this sparse cloudy sky is outstanding. I have a critique though, concerning the dragon that lacks tri-dimentional shape in my opinion. I mean it looks quite flat, confined in the foreground plane. Maybe you should think about it in terms of basic cylinders in the 3D space, and see how this impacts on the drawing of his skin, especially on the body part. It's still time to review this a little before you get too much into details on his skin! Cheers :hug:
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely agree. I made quite a few changes to the dragon yesterday. Also adding the main lightsource on his left side.
Even if it doesn't show I learned a lot while working on this painting. It never occured to me that I didn't really push the lightsource which I am doing in this painting. It might take a lot of time until I finish it though since I have to work on other things.
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zancan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you tried to paint following a process radically different than the one you were comfortable with until now. One always needs to puts oneself in danger in order to make progress, and that's what you did; the fact that you learnt must be the deserved compensation for your attempt to flee the comfort! We should all take this as an example. I currently have this kind of considerations, since I've always been an autodidact, today I need someone to disturb my processes to push my boundaries forward. I'm thinking about taking art courses. Without showing the teacher anything of what I did before. Unlearn first to learn better next. Do you think it's a good idea?
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I was thinking of the same thing but to be honest..I am not sure.
What is the benefit of this? You mentioned that you need to unlearn to learn better next. Maybe..but I think you go through an evolution anyway. No matter if you start from scratch or not.
Since I was a total autodidact myself I always said I wish I had taken classes. However I more and more come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter.



I am trying hard to not use the same color schemes again. Trying totally different values and hues for all of my paintings. I think I learn more that way. Sometimes I wish I would just stay with the things I am comfy with. I would make faster progression but I would be stuck with a certain subject. Due to the fact that I am doing this my gallery looks quite inconstant. But I learned to live with that.
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zeldalady Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
This looks sooo gorgeous. I can't wait to see it finished completely ^^
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wampirek Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Dragon looks awsome ;) you should finish it^^
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crump3t Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
looking great nasti :}
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
One of these days...
One of these days I will have to break into your house and steal your brain. Seriously. Then I will feast on your creative center and thus assimilate your skill into myself.
Either that, or I just go sulk in the corner as usual upon seeing one of your images.

There is no alternative. You're too damn good. The drapery is gorgeous.
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
woah - haha I was just looking and drooling over your latest deviation. I don't think there is any reasonf or sulking or stealing my brain :)
Besides I don't think anyone else could live and put up with my thoughts ;)

Thanks a lot for the compliment though <3
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RobertFriis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Too kind, all too kind. Oh well. The fuzzy feeling in my stomach from reading your comment makes me happy at least. :)
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:iconllin:
llin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006   Digital Artist
So beautiful!!
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:iconjasontd:
JasonTD Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Wow... That is beautiful!
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DragonQueenX Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
oh Kyena-Sama.... do you ever stop amazing me? the answer would be... never... for the rest of time!

DQ~~
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks :)
and I like "Kyena-Sama" :D
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DragonQueenX Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
its because i respect you! and it does sound really cool! Kyena-Sama! XD

DQ~~
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Kencho Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's looking better every single time! Do you outsource your talent? I would buy some if I could! :D

How're you doing? :hug:
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I am trying to come by with as little as I have left ;)
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:iconkencho:
Kencho Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh Like me then! :D
Take care!
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Xengdu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
«to paint stuff I normally dread»
You're talking about "Hands"? :) They don't seems to be in the way to become like in Tcho Tcho Lama ...

It is not explicit? :p Well, then i feel these hands delicates and all the piece a bit mysterious ... is she angry? or just worried? Is it because of the creature she like?

I felt free to comment all this picture, not only the recent work you done on it because it's my first critique on it. I like your work!

Go on stunning us.
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ah nah - I was talking about sky and clouds and dragons :D
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wincenworks Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great. The colour scheme looks great in this pic, it really highlights the contrast between the woman and the dragon.
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Cybersyl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just can't wait to see the fnished one! This one will surely be a new fav ^^

So far, one of your best work (to me of course) with... I think it was "petals" (you've made a walkthrough ^^ *search the image in your gallery* Yeah! "Spring petals"!) well those two are my fav in your gallery, detailed but not too much, well I couldn't find the best words to write what I mean... Must be a huge amount of work, but they are worth it!
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Crystori Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is some truly glorious work! Argh, I've worked with red and purples and such :P they are not very easy to work with, I enjoy the darker colors(though I shy away from back currently, it doesn't seem to agree with me XP ). ^^ you're doing a fantastic piece here, I wait eagerly for the final art :D
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ladyofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
It's gorgeous!!! I love it!! =D I must resist the fav reflex and wait til the final version is done!! :D
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much :)
How are you doing nowadays?
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ladyofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Getting better. Stressing under the the number of things hanging over my head project-wise but I'm not feeling quite as crappy about my art. ^_^
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silentruth Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
it's beautiful. some flesh colours in her skin maybe? i love the patterns on her clothes
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peachysticks Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Sky and clouds :heart: The dragon is coming along *very* nicely.
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Gothhana Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
This is in your scraps?????????????????????????????? Omg this is better than my deviations!
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
I've been following this for awhile now. This change has the colors really making the scene come alive! My daughter, who posts as zirio and is an art student, just walked by and went, "Oooh!" about your dragon. (*grin* I told her to get over to your page and tell you herself how much she likes it.)
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Mydian Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Turning out gorgeous! I love the veils. :)
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robertmekis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
It's heading towards to be superfantastic piece! Oh my, I am looking forward to the final result like to some movie premiere! And this wip is like some teaser-trailer for me. Oh my oh my, I am so excited :excited:

There's fantastic combination of wine color and blue sky. Those two colors schemes perfectly match together.

Perhaps you should reconsider the color of bottom-left corner. Somehow it doesn't fit into color harmony of whole image. For me it breaking the atmosphere.
Perhaps the colder color in background will make both characters looks more warmer, i don't know. Just feel that orange doesn't fit here.
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Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
yep - I am not quite sure about the bottom colors yet - I was just blocking on some fast tryouts :)
Thanks for the feedback, Robert.
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White-Feather Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
This is awsome. The dragon, the colors, textures... Why is this in scraps? It's beautiful!!:+fav:
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
because it's a work in progress ;)
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White-Feather Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Ahhh. Cool. I'll look forward to the end result. :) ;)
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chinotenshi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
I really like the dragon :D And the veil is really well done, I really like how you can see the details in the fabric and still faintly see her face thru it.
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DuffPappy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why did you dread this one?
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I have never painted a dragon before and I am using a lot of colors which is unusual for me too. So a lot of things to be scared of :D
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Laimon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Awesome awesome :D

I really like your take on the eastern-style dragon; usually people paint more western ones
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
oh yeah :)
I want to mix my normally western style with more asian influences to create my own mix.
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:iconlaimon:
Laimon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
Sounds like an awesome idea :D
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Toradh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wird bestimmt sehr schön wenn es fertig ist. Ich bin schon auf das Kleid gespannt... (auch wenn mir rosa zuwider ist *g*)
Der Drache sieht irgendwie... niedlich aus *g*.
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:iconkyena:
Kyena Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
ich mag rosa eigentlich auch nicht aber die kombination funktioniert für mich :)
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raihakunoichi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
holy crap...i can't wait until this is done. it looks so completely awesome. i love the colors you used. keep it up!!!!! n_n
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