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BREATH of FIRE by moonxels BREATH of FIRE by moonxels
here is a new artwork made for the LOTR card game by FFG.
The theme of the expansion pack is the Hobbit and this one features the dragon SMAUG spreading havok by fire....

other SMAUG/Esgaroth images from me here:
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I often shy from critiquing work that I haven't commissioned, but as you've requested one, I can oblige.

Your overall use of color and thick roughness of your hand causes the work to wander slightly towards impressionism. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's a stylistic choice. But for example if you were to submit this against someone who submitted a photorealistic piece that was entirely digital, your work would look blurry next to his. As a standalone, or as a stylistic piece, it works fine, though.

As far as composition, two things that would I would alter are the rather bored looking poses, and the dragon's turtle-like back. The archers look like mannequins who were set up in place with bows drawn, rather than dynamic, living people who are fighting for their lives. Smaug's neck looks so short as to be almost non-existent, and his back is so thick that he looks almost turtle-like.

Ultimately, though, you have a superior sense of coloration where Smaug's flaming breath is concerned. I have found in working with dozens of artists that achieving a glowing, radiant effect is not a common skill. That fire so dominates the work that I get a real sense of the light and heat boiling out of that dragon's mouth. Your mastery of this effect is so strong that the other problems tend to melt into the background unless the viewer is actively searching for things to nitpick about.
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IHanakoI Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so great. just stunning.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconserenissimaluna:
SerenissimaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Epic :D
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconserenissimaluna:
SerenissimaLuna Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome :)
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doctor3uk Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Far better than Jackson's bastadization.
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
WOW.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks I guess:)
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youre welcome.
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:iconskatergirlallison:
SkatergirlAllison Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome! :)
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconnicolaas-g:
Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Featured here [link] Thank you :D
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the support
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Nicolaas-G Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
You're most welcome :)
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:iconelucidator:
Elucidator Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconchuchymacu:
chuchymacu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you di the dragons scales
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconeverfae:
everfae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
This is just epic on every scale.
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconandy-b123:
Andy-B123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job on the fire effects!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconattack193:
attack193 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I'm rooting for the dragon =P
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
good!
thanks a lot!
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:iconattack193:
attack193 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
=D
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:iconisabel56:
isabel56 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful dragon.Well done
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconlaccali:
Laccali Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is amazing. The fire looks so real. :3
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lots of work in there
thanks a lot!
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:iconmichaelhowearts:
MichaelHoweArts Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I really like the energetic and hot feel to this - a good take on the subject!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconmichaelhowearts:
MichaelHoweArts Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
You're welcome!
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:iconphoenix001:
Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dragons :heart:
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah!:)
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:iconkittysib:
KittySib Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooo! Pretty fire!:D :excited:
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot
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:iconkittysib:
KittySib Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Impressionnant et époustouflant ! :onfire:
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
merci encore!
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:iconneranella:
Neranella Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
:rose:
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:iconlordfreeza:
LordFreeza Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work man, awesome!!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconninjatakes321:
ninjatakes321 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
MM: JUST LET ME AT IT ALREADY ;A;
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah!!
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:iconninjatakes321:
ninjatakes321 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
mm: T.T

never :3
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wave::tighthug:

Your splendid work has been featured in my journal: [link]
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a ton!
;)
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:
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:icongbindis:
gbindis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Great, I can almost feel the heat!
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:iconmoonxels:
moonxels Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that's a good sigh that the image worked!:)
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