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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] .


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 )
AhO4464 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hmmmm This could be useful!!! I'll collect this into my Photolibrary :)
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 ^^
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.
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.
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!
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 
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   General Artist
Very interesting, and helpful
RemEver Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General 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
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 :).
RemEver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General 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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