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In the Burning Sky by balaa In the Burning Sky by balaa
'In the Burning Sky'

A portrait commission for :icontivadu: of his character Feuer. I hope this is angry enough for ya ;).

Finally catching up with past due stuff and trying to stay up to date from now on. In the past couple of years I have been consistently behind with everything and so have only taken a very small number of commissions. So this year's resolution has been to simply catch up and stay caught up! So far things are goin' well and I am feeling good about myself for a change.

The anatomy on the jaw is off, I know...canines are still not my strong suit x). But I had fun with the colors and lighting on this one.

Prints: 8x10 available upon request.
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
in know the muzzle is a bit big i still love it
i think it fits the scene more
Kaguetora Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is SO AWESOME!! And scary xDD
Streak783 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
dude this si amazing
TheSilverEyedLombax Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lighting!
Moriadat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Stunning use of the sunset to light the scene ...
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
red talons
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Wow very nice
shycelt Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is wonderful the color and the wolfs face i just love it :)
MonstrositiesNZ Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lizzyfreeman97 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
Hey Balaa!
Your work is incredible, the fur detail is astonishing :D I hope you read this :)
Jacksworld82 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Love the color, and emotion you get from the wolf.
angel234567 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Wow. Your drawings are amazing. =3
blackbriar246 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
This is so amazing! You can just feel the rage coming off him. So pretty! Great job! :D
Tai-L-RodRigueZ Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome work!!!! ** You're amazing artist
digitalbird06 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Terrifying but awesome
Lobita-Comegalletas Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Student General Artist
OMG!!!! you are really good!!! I LOVE IT!! :la:
cold117 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
love the colors in the picture
tootsfur Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
I love how the lighting and the weird angle help to acheive the amount of anger in the picture. I love those teeth!
PattWor Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice picture. Very well done. :)
Majonaka-elfwolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
It is very beautiful figure and such real! Is more tremendous:love:
PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks kinda like a bear to me
jewrdan420 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
haha his name is fire?
i can see it.
Zaluke Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Wow this looks like something from a game wow! I am humbled that you allow me to see your amazing art.
Godzilla2013 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
the sky is on fire.
ArtmareSHADOW Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Nice work, wow....I love how the fur looks, so angry
ShadowMystorm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thats awesome!
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
im in fights with people and it seems one can hide behind 'its my style'

would work like this still be good, correct if the figure in the foreground was colored flat or as it would in harsh lighting?

I don't want to be wrong but I'm not believing those "if it makes them happy/if that's what they love" folk that will tell you "its not bad art if your foreground figures aren't backlight when the background states it should"
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm not quite sure what you are saying in your comment. If you could clarify, I'd be happy to answer!
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
i want to know if 'it is my style' can be used for bad art, be it drawing deer so they look like horses, or coloring in your drawings with certain lighting

if that were the case, anyone can draw a picture like yours, but color the figure as if it was not in that sunset/atmospheric condition.

like drawing a picture of a "horse in moonlight" but the horse is colored like in high noon lighting.

it dosen't make the drawing bad or wrong, and nobody should be the judge of it and flame the artist by going "OH hai, i know its hard but your horse should look more like *example* and not colored as the sun would shine at high noon"

that is a nono that constricts creativity and 'its a valid style"

so do you think so?
your drawing would not be "wrong" if the wolf was colored with the wrong lighting.
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I am really not sure how my lighting is wrong in this case (as a setting sun does often give a back glow as you see here. Nor have I ever used the claim of 'It's my style' as a defense for not trying to do my best to make each piece believable. I think your comment, while maybe trying to carry a valid point, came off a bit aggressive and I feel it was more of an attack than a genuine attempt to offer me constructive criticism. Constructive criticism is not meant to prove a point so much as offer an artist the opportunity to grow through the benefit of sound advice. I am always aiming to learn and to do so one has to remain humble in order to see the areas in their work that require improvement. I never claimed everything I do is right/a success so again I am not sure where the comment on claiming style in defense of flaws came from. I appreciate your taking the time to try and reach me but I am afraid you have only left me feeling a bit defensive and confused more than enlightened.
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
ahgg no I just figure yours was more correct backlighting and i want to know what other, more established 'big namers' think of the statements of "Its my style" you know "its my style to draw cows that look like hoved dogs"
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm really not sure how other 'established' artists think. I guess that probably first depends on how one defines established. If it's by popularity on DA, I am sure it varies since there are a fair number of popular artists who do art for the sake of keeping that popularity. Most artists I know personally whom happen to have popular online galleries, tend to be of humble spirit and don't use 'style' as justification for flaws in their work. Those people are the ones who use online galleries to help broaden their horizons..which means improving as artists chiefly..which means being able to accept criticism with humility and respect!

Personally I do not subscribe to the 'it is my style' school of thought. It seems to me too much an easy way out from acknowledging constructive crits in lieu of empty flattery.

I'm sorry I misunderstood you.
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
i figure you are more ';professional level' from commissions and being involved in those card projects, calendars and Porfirio (like the one with the snakes from around the world)

though sometimes the 'it my style don't knock it' come from the cartoon animal drawers and some anime artist who don't care if their boobs are placed wrong, or their grown men have woman hips (or are missing parts of the head)

and those who don't care about the color wheel and correct lighting. I want to but don't get it, "its my style' is the cop-out 'fail safe' protection from trolling CC givers. "YOU can't tel me what to do, art is subjective and I'm drawing this from my soul how dare you tell me my horse has canine anatomy and that my rabbits have long tails and my bears walk on their toes, that is how I like them/see them go away meanie troll with no life, you are just jealous"

man I know they say that. thats why i print screen and send to Enclopeida Dramatica to be a historian for the drama/folly.

but yeah. sorry I cannot communicate to well. it must be bad when people who can know 7 languages near fluenty don't know what i mean. Unless knowing me close means knowing what I say.

but good to find another 'meanie pants' who dosen't agree with the crutch of 'its my style go away'

if its not scathing and sarcastic some people see nice honest constructive criticism as flaming, the kind of "go kill your self looser"

but they forget they need to praise 89% if it befor going "your moose looks like a rino with antlers"
balaa Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well as far as delivering critique goes, I also have strong beliefs that delivering critique must be done with tact and respect of the artist. Telling someone "your moose looks like a rhino with antlers" will most likely put the artist in a defensive mode and they will hardly address you respectfully when you did not do them that same courtesy. Nor do I really see that sort of comment as at all constructive. If your aim is to give constructive crit and it only manages to be ignored by the artist, then at the end of the day it is you who wasted your time as your critique was never heard. I am not saying everything has to be sugar coated but the creative process is a very intimate process for most artists. Yes we should learn to separate ourselves more from our art but to some extent that is just not possible. I also don't believe that there is only one way to give critique and if you are genuinely out to help you will at least try to cater your advice to the artist to ensure the artist actually hears what you say and you don't waste your breath and valuable time and still go unheard.
0oKatanao0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing colours! it kind of reminds me of a dire wolf.
LivingAngel77 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
woah :D
I love it :D
Lou-Diamant Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
I think this creature is angry enough ^^' He is really scaring! You are a great artist! Well done for all your gallery
GardianWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
It's magical! love it!
sarah1989246 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
I love it.
All your art is awesome! :D
Mariel0503 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Whoah. The colours are beautifull, the details and the lightning amazing. You can clearly see the anger in his looks. It's a wonderfull piece.
Dancing-Taigan Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Drools* This. Is. So. Beautiful. o.o One of the best werewolf drawings I've ever seen.
LynxFly Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
I love the lighting, just adds to the fierce of it all. :D
X-Petite-Lune-X Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Wouah, awesome wolf and beautiful sky !
BrokenWolfen Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work! ^_^
Texture on fur is really great =)
melody-music-art Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
katarthis Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful light and back sky, and the glowing eye ... Wow! As for the off jaw, well, things can't all be perfect, or there'd be no more room to grow.

SaintWolfOfEden Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Wow, that's great! really beautiful!
Alchimichi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
you have that sky's glow down pat! your work is inspiring! thank you so much for sharing ^_^
demonicaljakkal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
?This is gorgeous
LeoNeal-CP Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is beautiful, I love the lighting and darkness, wonderul piece, truly =).
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