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Malak and Sylus by GodOfIrony Malak and Sylus by GodOfIrony
Malak and Sylus, from the Story of Malak.

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Malak sits idly by while Sylus gazes into the distance. In a fit of boredom, he conjures a fireball and suspends it above his hand for as long as he can. It becomes a game to him as Sylus gazes on.

"there," sylus says. And they were off.

Only five layers. yeah. seriously.
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KyraycVerd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Very, very, very impressive.
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank ye GeeTeeCergy.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job on this! I love the detail you put into the everything, especially the grass and the scales. It's a huge leap from the derpykiin painting (which was pretty good already).
A couple of little things that I noticed: the shadows on the grass take away a bit too much detail. If you make the shadows on a second layer, and then set that layer to "multiply" (in gimp, I think the mode is called the same thing), or overlay, or burn, it should look a lot better.
Another small thing would be the values. Set your image to grayscale. There isn't very much contrast in the values. I don't know if this was a stylistic choice or not, but I'd suggest creating a grayscale version of this image, and increasing the contrast, and then laying that over the normal version, just to see what that does to it. I think it'll look a lot better, just with that little fix. This will also show you where your "lights" are darker than your "midtones," and your "shadows" lighter than your "lights," which is always a good thing to avoid. When I started working with paintings with value balance in mind, I think there was a big improvement in my own stuff.
I can't wait to see your next thing! I like this a lot.
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also, wow, upping the contrast makes this piece pop.
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whelp, I didn't use a different layer for the shadow, Its all painting, my bad for using a grass color too dull to be noticed, which goes back to what you were saying about the values. I knew something was off, a more dramatic shift in color balances would have made it pop, but alas, I'm still learning. Thank you for this input, It was most insightful.
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DarkeonWarlord Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your art keeps getting better and better. Props to you, Irony
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks darkeon, I'm tryin' to learn painting styles, and this was my second attempt (the first being the derpykiin.)

I appreciate the support :)
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mit3snorlax Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
awesome
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