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The New Sun by saphariadragon The New Sun by saphariadragon
So this was an extra credit assignment for a class of mine. We had to draw something from mesoamerican myth. So I drew Quetzalcoatl carrying to sun. Anyway colored pencil 5-6 hours or so. 
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Is the jaguar down there supposed to be that big?
To avoid the scratchy quality in the background, try coloring in small circles rapidly. It takes longer to cover a large area, but it gets rid of that scratching.
Try doing your sketch in a lighter pencil, such as an an F or H (2H and above tends to scratch the paper if you're not careful), and when you're blocking in the colors, erase the pencil marks just as you get up to them.
You seem scared to get up to the edges; try sharpening your medium to a sharp point so that you can get up close. Drawing the edge with your sharpened medium may help as well.
I suggest putting the tail somewhere else, because dividing the composition in half is almost always a no-no.
I really enjoy your background, there's a lot of edge variation and it looks very natural. Your sky colors blend very well.
Your wings are da bomb. My only problems with them are that the left wing attaches higher than the right, its primaries change angle too steeply, and the curve of the top of the top of the right wing isn't quite gentle enough. But you obviously know your feather structure and what the wing does when in flight.
Your detail in the scales and wings is absolutely gorgeous.
Don't restrict yourself to the confines of your ground; it's okay if the wing goes off the edge a little more.
Despite your technique issues, you have an excellent grasp of the color theory. Your hues are very rich and believable.
What do you think?
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Natakiro Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing piece! I recognized the design and color to be of Quetzalcoatl before even reading the description, always loved everything behind Quetz. The detail in the colors is wonderful, and the style is well done and attractive. The feathers are beautiful, complemented by the coloration and shading. I love that background, doesn't attract too much attention, but is still pleasing to the viewer. This also goes for the way the sky is darker around the edges and lightens as it gets near the sun. Seriously, gorgeous designs and details; wonderful work here! :thumbsup:
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :) I appreciate the in depth comment, means a lot
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Natakiro Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome! 
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Yuki6 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Really nice work ^^ I like this legend and this illustration of Quetzalcoatl. I like the colors kept her. As in the description of the legend. Snake-bird creature ;>
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a very nice and quite awesome dragon art that you have done there. I really like the great color work that you have achieve in this piece. I also really like the nice pose that you draw there for your dragon

certainly keep it up with the great work ;)
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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dragon-man13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your very welcome
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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DragonFreak1887 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student General Artist
this is a very beautiful drawing! I love the background, colors you used, the details on the feathers (which is kind of hard to accomplish for me, but you nailed it!), how the sky looks dark but then gets lighter near the sun, and the wings are in a perfect pose and are very well done! :icondragonwant:
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!  The colours are amazing and I love the darkness of the sky around the sun and the combination of greens in there, you did such a great job with his scales and merging the feathers on his head to actually fit
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I really tried for a smooth transition. Thanks for the comment :)
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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Saraais Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow what a beautiful drawing! It has an amazing impact and I love the colours. Great work, keep it up :heart:
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^. I love playing with colored pencils
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Paulodroid Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. Creative. ^^
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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Paulodroid Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome. ^^
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I love the rich, vibrant colours that you used here, which actually helped me recognize the subject as Quetzalcoatl before I even read your comments. The detail on the feathers is quite pretty and you did a very nice job on the lighting; I like how the sky appears dark, yet coming alive as the god carries the sun up. The wings are really well done, showing a good knowledge of bird wing anatomy and flight motion. The only real critique I have is that the tips of the right wing are cut off but I know that may simply be caused by the limitations of a small scanner bed. The jaguar coming ashore is a nice touch and reminds one even more of the interesting mythology behind this piece. :)
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saphariadragon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you Falcolf ^^
I'm glad you saw what I was trying to do with the sun there ^^. I was hoping I had gotten that right. As for the wing tips that exactly what happened XD.
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