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


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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Very, very, very impressive.
GodOfIrony Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank ye GeeTeeCergy.
SpyroConspirator 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.
GodOfIrony Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also, wow, upping the contrast makes this piece pop.
GodOfIrony 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.
DarkeonWarlord Oct 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your art keeps getting better and better. Props to you, Irony
GodOfIrony 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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