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Talon by Saimain Talon by Saimain
An older commission from 2008 for The Astor Chronicles series by Australian author Amanda Greenslade. One of the largest commissions I've ever painted, in terms of size. I'm not used to working at such a large resolution, so it took several weeks longer than I had planned on. I had to constantly merge layers down so my poor comp wouldn't explode. ^__^;

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0.5 Mechanical Pencil and Photoshop 5.5
Characters © Amanda Greenslade

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:iconestefane23:
estefane23 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
cool
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amandineylan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Love your clouds !!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmerlouck:
Merlouck Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
suggoi!
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:iconanotheruser666:
AnotherUser666 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Because Talont.

I'll see myself out.
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:iconleedellee1000:
LeedelLee1000 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist
Amazing! :3
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:iconkatara-ikard:
Katara-Ikard Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
This is really cool.  Good job!!
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Mireyrr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Really awesome! I really like the way you made the clouds, the griffon, and the clothes: the colors are really brilliant, though it's odd that the boy's shoe and knee aren't sinking into the clouds at all, in contrast to the griffon's tail, which sinks through the clouds. It sort of detaches him from the clouds, in doing so, though it's barely noticeable. What I'd recommend working on are the hands and arms: the lower arms seem just a little too long, compared to the upper half, and it's clear that you had fun with the hands (since they're so detailed) but they seem bigger than his face (human hands are generally only a little smaller than their face, when compared), though that might just be the way they're situated. Also, where's the light coming from? It seems to be mostly backlighting on the griffon, but appears to come from multiple sources on the boy (backlighting and focused on his face, even though his shirt's dark). It gives it a sort of artificial-light appearance, despite not seeming to be supposed to be man-made. I really like the anatomy you gave the griffon, though, considering the mixture between lion and bird, though the face reminds me more of a horse in the posture and I had never considered griffons having horns :)

(Sorry if you don't like the critique, I'm one of those people who always wants others to point out the ways I could improve, even if I do it plenty enough on my own).
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the critique!  This is a very old painting of mine from 2008, though, and yes, quite full of mistakes.  This should have remained buried in the depths of my gallery; I'm not sure why it's suddenly resurfacing now.  ^__^;;

The creature isn't a griffon--I'm not actually certain what it is--something of across between a dragon and pegasus, I think?  The author of the books would know, I only painted the cover to her specifics. 
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Mireyrr Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
No problem, I love to be helpful (and it helps to postpone homework, so double points!). I'm glad you're not annoyed at me, lots of people just explode about those who give them a critique, or something. I just saw it on the Deviantart homepage, when I was going to check my messages, so that's why I responded to it. Dunno how it got there, though *shrugs*

Ahh, I assumed it was a griffon, since the tags said "#Griffon" ^.^; Makes a lot more sense for it to be a dragasus, considering the anatomy :P
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A-B73 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
wow...terrific
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:icontattoofun2003:
tattoofun2003 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you paint the clouds? What brushes did you use?
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:iconskmiles:
SKMiles Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I can see the clouds movin!
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:iconpacificgreen:
PacificGreen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's impressive!
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:iconkenjikun21:
KenjiKun21 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Artist
So good!
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Dais-Drawing Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
*-* 
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MeowMiwa01 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, its AWESOME!! Love 
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EmmydeRuijter7 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Awesome love it :)
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:iconcapius:
Capius Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Wow, that's such a good picture. 
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:iconmonteasie:
Monteasie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
beautiful
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:iconloner911:
loner911 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!!
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:iconjeyfro:
Jeyfro Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
amazing
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scooby25611 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing wow.
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argenticNocturne Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
whOA,
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:iconkat-the-great29:
Kat-the-Great29 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing
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:icononomisha:
onomisha Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Gorgeously Beautiful.........💜
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:iconlady-paladin-skye:
Lady-Paladin-Skye Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very whimsical work of art. Remarkable. 
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:iconkohachii:
kohachii Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is very amazing <3 I really admire the colors and the shading.
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BlackAce-of-Spade Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yo. This looks boss
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:iconluckygirl50:
luckygirl50 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  :)  If I may ask, what led you here?  This old painting of mine has been receiving a lot of attention lately and I don't know where it's all coming from.  ^__^;;;
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michaelhardcore13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is in a collection: What dreams my come, featured on DA news page
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconscienceandsorcery:
scienceandsorcery Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very epic. like the flying beast.
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Kelevradurden Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
For those who have played Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, this looks a lot like the Kushala Daora ^^
Good work !
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dakotaswanson7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Filmographer
Amazing work
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  :)  If I may ask, what led you here?  This old painting of mine has been receiving a lot of attention lately and I don't know where it's all coming from.  ^__^;;;
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TigerEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
It was defiantly worth the time, it's gorgeous!
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DankOceanus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Talk about a walk down the memory lane.
My favourite artwork from ElfWood.
Gosh, how time has passed :D
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you.  :)  If I may ask, what led you here?  This old painting of mine has been receiving a lot of attention lately and I don't know where it's all coming from.  ^__^;;
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:icondankoceanus:
DankOceanus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was on 'what's hot' page =)
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TheDrawingKitteh Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing <3
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AriaTheArtist Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Artist
I LOVEE YOUR WORKSSSSS:)
CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME POINTS? I REALLY NEED THEM.
AND TO CHECK MY WORKS? I JUST STARTED TO PUT THEM ON INTERNET.
THANKS. LY:) 
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flutterfree101 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
cuulChica's Pizza Withdraw (Chat Icon) 
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JullezArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
cool illustration
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