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Dragon Clan Stronghold by JonHodgson Dragon Clan Stronghold by JonHodgson
(C)2007 Alderac Entertainment Group
A piece of card art from Legend of the Five Rings

Painter 9.5, Photoshop CS2
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:iconinuyasha1111:
inuyasha1111 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :D
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cinemajack Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Nice!
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:iconeddyhopper:
eddyhopper Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
cute
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome. :) I really love that 'swoop' of some kind of texture just to the upper right of the dragon symbol on the mountain.
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Furrylittleproblem12 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
I love this :+fav:
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:iconangelofthedarkheaven:
amazing!!!
dragon family ahh! :D
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:iconbrengun:
BrenGun Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
WOW I wish I could do that!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!!!!!!!
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:iconjonigodoy:
JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
XTRAORDINARY!! I like too much the style ob brushes! Congratulations, master!
Visit my Cartoons.
Greetings!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I probably spend more time than I should making brushes in Painter...
Thank you!
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:iconjonigodoy:
JoniGodoy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
You`re Welcome, Master. Magnific!
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:iconrandrade666:
randrade666 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Nice
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconscottpurdy:
ScottPurdy Featured By Owner May 9, 2007   Digital Artist
Always one of my Favourites Jon :)
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hey hey. Thanks dude.
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:iconrebeliuz:
rebeliuz Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
the details in this picture are amazing. the contrasting colors of the background and the castle just draw me in! great job!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaldriona:
Aldriona Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I love this one. The colours of the air are wonderful. ^_^ How much of it is photoshop and how much is painter? I've been working with photoshop for many years, but just recently tried out painter and I will soon try making something with it.

And a second question. The dragon, is it a stone dragon on the mountainside, or a white dragon flying behind the buildings? I'm not very familiar with the setting, all I know is what I've read in Oriental Adventures.
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I would say the actual marks are 99% Painter. Sometimes its quicker to block out colours with big brushes in Photoshop - I think that's something Craig Mullins does, and its a good quick tip. Most of the actual "painting" is done in Painter though. I like how the brushes work, and I'm more comfortable with the colour picker in Painter.

What I do in Photoshop is mess with the tonal levels, saturation and hues - general image manipulation stuff. I lasso areas and tweak them. I also layer up textures in PS, since it just has better/faster controls for that than Painter.

The dragon is meant to be a design picked out in melted snow.

Hope that helps!
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Aldriona Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I see. Like I said, I haven't tried Painter much yet, but my first impression was that I am much more in control when working in photoshop. But that's probably most because I'm very used to Photoshop and not used at all to Painter.

By the way, I saw on your other webpage that you use a mac. Go mac! XD
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Heh heh - yeah I'm a devoted Mac user.

Yeah I do hear a fair few people express frustration at Painter's interface - but mostly it boils down to being different to PS's. A bit of perseverance, and once you have both learned then its extra skills under your belt, and extra options available.

The main think IMHO to master in Painter is brush creation. Once you understand all those sliders and what they do, you're flying.
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Onikaizer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Th kind of art that humbles you, excellent
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks!
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:iconivoryleopard:
ivoryleopard Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
wow that's awesome!:-O *drools*
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:iconivoryleopard:
ivoryleopard Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconmorkalavin:
morkalavin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
I already pity the General send to storm this castle :D
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Its going to be an uphill struggle! :)
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Duelwielder-Anna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wowowowowowow. O_O You do such awesome detail. x3
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks - I don't think I'm very good at detail, and I have to work quite hard to make myself put in smaller marks.
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Duelwielder-Anna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
No probs! :3
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:iconegilsterkr:
EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
:clap: awesome scenery! those rocks looks great!
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:iconegilsterkr:
EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
:clap: awesome scenery! those rocks looks great!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Wulfgarf!
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:iconevilbarny:
evilbarny Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007   Digital Artist
Very nice Jon.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thanks Joe
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:iconstagbunny:
stagbunny Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Fantastic. It's really beautiful. Love your use of color.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconayamei:
ayamei Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Student
it's beautiful. i love how you added a dragon in the background. the architecture has always intrigued me ^^
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnalot:
nalot Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Beautiful work. Is that a dragon engraved in the mountain? Very cool.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Aye, the art director asked me to put that in there just to make it clear it was a Dragon Clan stronghold. L5R is set in a magical world where that kind of mystical thing happens, which makes it a very cool sandbox to play in!

Thanks!
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ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Someone must have gone through a lot of effort, carving that dragon icon into the mountain...
Anyways, awesome work on the castle. 'Specially all the details on the towers and such.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Heh heh - I imagine the castle was no cake walk to build either!

Thanks!
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:iconjermohler:
JerMohler Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Now that is an awesome castle. Great work, Jon!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers mate!
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