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5 Commonly Made Mistakes by LhuneArt 5 Commonly Made Mistakes by LhuneArt
... in fantasy creature art.

Please note: Yes, I am aware that fantasy is not necessarily realistic (although you can argue all you want, fantasy is always based on realism), please don't start that argument again. This guide was not made to set a standard, or to demand that people draw in a certain way, everybody is completely free to take it or leave it. However, if you're someone who cares about the believability of your creature design, then these might be useful suggestions.

I'm probably going to leave the layout as it is, but I might make a second version some time later due to the many requests and suggestions.

Also, because it caused a bit of an argument; the chest in my "wrong" example is not actually wrong enough. I guess it gets the idea across, but to give a hopefully better example of what I mean by "wrong", here are some of my own older works to demonstrate: [link] .

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Edit: The hell, a DD? ._. I'm.. Well, thank you so much, =starfire-wolf for the suggestion, and `FantasyStock for the feature! I will honestly admit that I'm slightly disappointed that this got a DD over any of my actual artworks, but I'm glad it's liked so much that it deserved the feature :). Thanks again!
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5 Commonly Made Mistakes by *Dragoness77 Suggester's words: A fantastic way for beginners and even the most advanced artists to realise some of the most common mistakes that they might make when doing fantasy art. ( Suggested by starfire-wolf and Featured by FantasyStock )
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faving for the fact that you brought up pterosaur wings :D
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AhO4464 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Hmmmm This could be useful!!! I'll collect this into my Photolibrary :)
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:iconkamihanaki:
Kamihanaki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, #3 is absolutely my deadly sin.

Thanks for posting this, it's very handy ^^
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RedLotusPony Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am going to use these "mistakes" if I want to, but these are really good tips.
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, none of these things are rules. It's just advise, and quite old at that.
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Adrak-Graves Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I absolutely adore this guide, and am so glad it was pointed out to me by a friend. Well done!
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BookDemonMarax Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much!i've been looking for some help on how my creatures look more realistic and this is perfect and helped a lot.Love 
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   General Artist
Very interesting, and helpful
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RemEver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'll have to disagree with the color thing unless you're trying to be extremely realistic, but other than that this is all too true. Especially the wings, when people mutilate them it drives me crazy
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's not really about realism, just being logical. Mind you I made this thing three years ago and don't agree with half of the stuff I wrote anymore (or at least not entirely). The point of the color part is that you should be mindful of what your color choices communicate, which is true for any crazy coloration regardless of whether it's realistic :).
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RemEver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, well in that case I mean what i said toward this tutorial because I got the message that coloring should be realistic and able to camouflage :shrug: oh well 
but yeah, I agree with that. I've seen a lot of colors that are just ohgawd, and they would be nice if one or two colors were changed but to each their own I guess. I'm thinking of changing mine though. Or at least the design. There is too much purple and too much green in some places.
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting! I'll take this quide to heart.
because i will make 1000+ fantasy creatures or more
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tehzebra Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My personal pet peeve, which I feel is related to #2, is the "Dissapearing Shoulder" in 3/4 views. That is, people will draw animals in a 3/4 view with the chest (or worse, a large shock of chest hair) "obscuring" the shoulder in back. I think those that do this think that the shoulder would be totally covered, but in the vast majority of cases, a little bit of the shoulder, especially the top, where it attaches to the body, should be seen.
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bouquineuse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Wow, I just stumbled across this guide and thank you very much!
I really like #1 in the aspect of 'understanding how and why to draw it that way'. it's a great description :)
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Snowy-Ninja Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Actually i never gave much thought to tails before it's made me rethink a couple of designs now.. thank you :D
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Southrobin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
/Random comment haha
Sorry i didnt suggest to feature your other works instead of this a long time ago ;A;
Felt this was really useful haha :P
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha it's quite alright, I appreciate it very much all the same :>.
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Southrobin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Haha thats cool :'D
I thought you might be a little upset from that description haha :P
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha not upset really, but it WAS my first DD and I felt like I didn't put nearly as much effort into this as I did into any of my actual artwork haha, so it was confusing more than anything! But it did get me a LOT of new watchers so that was great :>!
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Southrobin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Oh xDDD
I had the exact same feeling for my first and only DD (and it was on a stamp aslkasfdsalfasf) ;A;
I dunno, i felt like i didnt really deserve it because it was something so simple too :P ONE DAY I SHALL GET A DD THAT ISNT ON MY STAMPS

/end story haha

Haha thats great though :'D
Im glad it helped c:
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Antilogist Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
will keep this in mind...
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:iconnixkat:
NixKat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This will be usefull.
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MoAngelMo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks helpful :)
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:iconchlorophylltheleaf:
Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow!Amazing tutorials!:la:
I love it!:}
Eh?By the way,can i ask something about the how to avoid mistakes on no.1?
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I believe that's been answered :>. Thank you!
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Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ehehehe!^///^
You're welcome!:D
And,thank you too for answer it.:aww:
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SusannaElisabeth Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist
The colour part and the wing part were very helpful. ^^ Thank you for making this. :>
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome!
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rhys12345 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
the taill thing annoys me in the alien movies. they're great movies, mind, and it isn't as much of a problem in the later ones, but the tails in the first two or three just look strange.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well admittedly the first Alien is very old ^^. But yeah it's a good example! I think they did the tail thing quite well in Dragonheart.
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rhys12345 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, they did actually.
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Harmony-Bender Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This really helped me, i wish there were others like this. Like in different tutorials. The color part was my favorite.
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Elaeva Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lucky I found this, I just recently made the chest mistake on my dragon characters xP
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Quick-Step Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Very true and a useful reminder ^_^
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Bluest-Rose Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpfull! Particularly loved the bit with colour's (...i'm a massive animal documentory fan...:D) and i had a bit of an :blushes: momment with the tails... far to easy to do that with dragons!
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NorthWing Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love to read about these kind of things in art, thank you for making this :D
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it :).
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lizziecat1279 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student General Artist
It annoys me so much when people are like "it fantasy, it doesn't need realistic anatomy" >< So incredibly frustrating.
Thanks for making this and congrats on the DD nearly a year later haha!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol thank you :).
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geckofactory Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
This is a really great thing, you did an amazing job on pointing out those commonly made mistakes. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and for sharing, it is highly appreciated =)
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, I'm glad you found it useful :).
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Aio-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really love this, its helped me a lot since I've begun to re-create my draiers.
especially my northern ones, I took a lot of the colors from his surroundings once he's finished I'll link him.
Thanks for this bit of advice ^_^
It is really useful.
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:iconlhuneart:
LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome and thanks! I'm glad it's been of use to you :).
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:iconkepzzz:
Kepzzz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Very helpful and interesting!
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:iconfluffyflames:
FluffyFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
thanks for this! im terrible at wings and my tails are always outrageous. this helps ^^
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blackrathmar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, this is great! :heart:
slfjsj bad wing anatomy is my biggest artistic pet peeve by far. I've totally been doing the inappropriate shading you mentioned though (treating the different feathers as different layers). Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, you're welcome! Thanks for the comment!
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mumblingRain Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful, especially the tail thing!
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darkdragon43 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I liek this, and it will come in handy, mainly because I suck at anatomy. and it's well done, too.
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Asdifigi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very Helpful, didn't realize i did most of these until i saw this.
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