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The Journey by TheBlack-Arrow The Journey by TheBlack-Arrow
“Failure is not the end but the beginning of a beautiful journey."
~Jade Youssef

Contest entry for the Autumn Air contest held by :icondragonnation:

My little journey was the time I spent drawing this. It had it's ups and downs but I never stopped to look back on my mistakes, instead I looked forward to learning new things. c:

I'm so happy I uploaded this in time. I had a drawing ready a week before but I made a last moment decision to change the sky, which led to changing the ground and in the end changing Arrow's position xD
And I am glad that I made that decision because after all those references, painting, textures, refining, balancing the colours I was finally able to call it finished. I am very pleased with the end result. I don't think I ever spent so much time refining any drawing before this x)

I learned a lot during the drawing process, and if I may call this: a major improvement in my backgrounds. It took quite some time to do but after this, I'll surely get faster (:
And I think this will now classify as a full colour image.

I hope you like it! c:

Edit: added the author name
I have no idea to who the quote belongs to because I found it some years ago and wrote it in my notebook, but if you do please tell me.

Time: around 8 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS5.1 & graphics tablet
- no video, waaay too long
Art & character 'The Black Arrow' © me *TheBlack-Arrow
You are not authorized to copy, trace, reuse, redistribute, alter, or use in any way, shape or form without my permission!
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Sunima Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, i really dig this picture O.o
TheBlack-Arrow Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you c:
TiaraShin Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing view, love the colours, awesome design of the dragon.:wow:
TheBlack-Arrow Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
Because-Pinkie-Pie Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The wing design reminds me of a Night Fury.
jambawolfflipnote Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
i thought that when i first saw this!
Because-Pinkie-Pie Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, fellow fan!
Eyecelphil Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This drawing is wonderfull! T_T Could you please, please, please, please, please make this as a print available!? I would fall in love with you. PLEAAAASSE. T_T I got a spot behind me where it would hang perfectly, and I like everything about this drawing. The way the dragon (Arrow?) is in the air, the background.. especially the background! It all fits together so well! The mountains and the plains have the same sort of style and look to it. Sort-of like Skyrim. aswell as the clouds! :)
The dragon looks like he fits there. Like it's really his place where he lives.
Now let's stop fawning over that drawing and ask you again..
Please make this available as a print! I would soooo absolutely buy it as soon as I have enough money!
TheBlack-Arrow Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry it took me so long to respond. I wanted to go through all the guidelines and rules for submitting a print before actually submitting one (since I've never done anything like that).
I had to upload a larger version for the print in order to fit the drawing in the 2.50:1 aspect ratio while still keeping the quality high.

Thank you very much for requesting the print, it makes me happy to know that someone out there wants to buy my art (:
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