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© 2010 Steve Stanley ...as they pass through the cities gate, Kuttedo's dragon, Takki, looks to her for approval. In the distance, Semshi begins to glow, ablaze for atrocities against her Emperor, Chao Shin. Now, as Kuttedo and Takki concentrate on moving further east, to Moghan, to render similar judgment, Kuttedo considers the decree inscribed on her sword: "No Kingdoms Outside My Own - Emperor Shin". This work inspired by wife's passion for the Oriental culture and it's offerings. **Medium Used: variant sizes and opacities of the Detail and Soft Airbrushes. The layering process includes a special texture layer for the stone effect on the arch gate. Soft blender and a light opacity oil brushes were used throughout to get the rolling smoke effects. This was my first use of the "Surface Control" tool for the "lighting" effect. The elevation, spread, brightness and exposures were tweaked and subtly adjusted in the "cool globe" setting to get the final results. Over 120 hours were spent from concept to finish on this project over a period of 30 days.
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Category:Airbrushing
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LicenseAll Rights Reserved
GenreSciFi / Fantasy
Work In ProgressNo
SoftwareCorel Painter

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  • 30/04 2011
    03:06
    Steve Stanley

    **noting the missing persons Alan and Derek original comments. It is sad to see they have departed, but still treasure and honor their support.
  • 13/07 2010
    02:40
    Steve Stanley

    ...soothing compliments Dragonbeast. I again thank my wonderful wifes passion of the culture which contributed to the base idea on this one.
  • 10/07 2010
    03:23
    Bengt Albert Robstad

    Phuh....thats alot of work. I, myself are fan of the orintal culture, so i like it very much. :)
  • 26/05 2010
    12:56
    Steve Stanley

    ...in an immense and heartfelt expression of gratitude Teresa, thanks. (boy is that redundant), anyway. Actually, I am someone who really respects those who can master Photoshop. I only use the Elements program to "enhance" certain aspects of the levels
  • 25/05 2010
    06:35
    Teresa Ascone

    Wonderfully rich yet subtle colors. The detail and lighting are amazing. PHotoshop? I have Photoshop CS3 and I'm working up to upgrading since I just got a new Mac.
  • 10/03 2010
    11:45
    Steve Stanley

    ...hi ya Raven. Good to have your comments and visit. I'm especially fond of this piece, and one of the reasons is the sword. Long story short, metal is tough to imitate on canvas for me, so this was a big step forward. And the inscription added the r
  • 10/03 2010
    03:59
    David Neaves

    Great picture,love the composition and the detail in the sword.
  • 09/03 2010
    04:26
    Steve Stanley

    ...lensman. Your feedback is very open and honest, not to mention welcome. First, thank you for it. Second, the model was exceptionally thin and long, which is one of the features which attracted me about her. Your assessment of measurement is correct. I
  • 08/03 2010
    05:46
    Glenn Slingsby

    I haven't been on this site long and I don't know how much criticism people are looking for... that being said I think this is a fantastic painting with a minor caveat: I feel that the woman's forearms are way too long. From the inside of our
  • 05/03 2010
    02:16
    Steve Stanley

    ...and I certainly cannot forget you Barbi. Your are delightful. A visit to your gallery is worth it every time. And each of of gifts are not our own, to God be the glory. Thank you again for your super supportive encouragements.
  • 05/03 2010
    02:14
    Steve Stanley

    ..hello Delfino, and thank you so much for the positive feedback. And I'm truly hoping to post my latest addition to the gallery, as soon as possible.
  • 05/03 2010
    12:52
    Barbi Buchanan

    Thanks for the visit, and i feel so humbled as you my friend, have some serious talent....excellent work :-)
  • 23/02 2010
    02:17
    Steve Stanley

    ...well, Andre, it's my pleasure. I've been so weighted down by work, I'm stifled and slow getting any new work posted. Figure I'll just watch and learn from some of the best, for now. Thanks for the inspiration.
  • 23/02 2010
    08:43
    Andre Alexander

    Just here to say thanks again for taking the time to place a comment on my SpaceInvaders pic. It's much appreciated
  • 18/02 2010
    02:08
    Steve Stanley

    ...your kindness is heartwarming Andre, another thank you and I look forward to studying your work in 3d...really good stuff.
  • 18/02 2010
    01:47
    Andre Alexander

    Most excellent work, indeed.
  • 17/02 2010
    03:50
    Steve Stanley

    ...yeah Jason, best term for it is "Freelance". And you're not being nosy. :) My work hasn't hit the level I've hoped for yet. But I perservere with hope too. So far, mainly portrait work. I've done web layout idea's for entrepeneurs w
  • 16/02 2010
    11:40
    jason clark

    steve I had a read of your bio, your a freelance artist? this is great to hear. do you have a client base? what projects have you done for people, componys? forgive me if I have come across noisy! I am just trying to learn as much as I can buddy. thanks
  • 16/02 2010
    03:45
    Steve Stanley

    ..hey again Kenmo. Another comment and pat on the back is always welcome :) I working on several new projects, and hope to offer them up very soon.
  • 16/02 2010
    03:43
    Steve Stanley

    ..hey again Wicker. Really good to have all the feedback throughout the gallery. This is one my pride and joy's. I love to work detail in often and strive to put as much beleivability into each piece. The dragon was the key to this for me, so, again
  • 16/02 2010
    02:24
    Ken Morris

    Outstanding image...!!!
  • 16/02 2010
    02:20
    Willie Kendrick III

    Fantastic work. I love the theme and how you rendered the Dragon. Amazing detail.
  • 15/02 2010
    09:24
    Steve Stanley

    ...a compliment from you Jose is really an honor. Thank you, and in reply, your welcome. Your work is extraordinary.
  • 15/02 2010
    06:24
    jose reis

    Hey Steve, you are very talented and creative! Thanks a lot for the comment!
  • 11/02 2010
    10:14
    Steve Stanley

    ..(blush) Thanks, really, thanks Kenmo
  • 11/02 2010
    09:57
    Ken Morris

    Art doesn't get any better then this...truly remarkable...
  • 10/02 2010
    05:40
    Steve Stanley

    ...the pleasure is mine bilani, as I plan to watch your progress as well. Thank you so much for the complimentary visit.
  • 10/02 2010
    04:09
    Thu Thi Huyen Doi

    Love your details. Great gallery :)
  • 09/02 2010
    04:28
    Steve Stanley

    ..you're kind and complimentary Sarah, thank you for the glowing approval.
  • 09/02 2010
    03:19
    Sarah Haras

    this is stunning and looks very professial, love all the detail in your painting.
  • 04/02 2010
    02:14
    Steve Stanley

    ...thank you also Dave. I've been working hard on putting "story" into my work, rather than just another "pretty face". I especially appreciate your feedback, as you are a "story teller" with in your profession. Feedback is always helpful.
  • 04/02 2010
    02:11
    Steve Stanley

    ..another thank you Zoo. Had to really stretch myself on the patience thing myself here, but in the end, it paid off.
  • 04/02 2010
    02:16
    Dave O'Connell

    wow! very cool love the drama and mode in the art you created
  • 04/02 2010
    02:13
    Zooreka Zooristroikus

    Great piece altogether Steve... Time well spent! Wish I had that kind of discipline... 8 hours is about my lot!!!
  • 03/02 2010
    06:20
    Steve Stanley

    ...not begin a disapointment, that's always something good to hear LeeAnne. Appreciate the review and support, as always.
  • 03/02 2010
    04:47
    LeeAnne Kortus

    Wow! You do not disappoint, Steve! Fantastic work, great mood...all the mystery of the Orient captured here!! large view looks great!! 5*!
  • 01/02 2010
    06:55
    Steve Stanley

    ..thanks for the ongoing support Jack. I really found that I was "on point" with this one, and your positive confirmation assures me again. Thank you very much.
  • 30/01 2010
    04:27
    Steve Stanley

    ...hey ya Nakatoni. Appreciate your visit and comments. Far as Spectrum 16, was just wondering if that is where I had seen the "butterfly" piece. I look at so many sources for idea's, I most likely mis-quoted my source. My apologies. That said, it
  • 30/01 2010
    06:44
    Olga Dabrowska

    Really well done, I like the movement here. As for Spectrum 16 - I didn't submit any of my works to any of Spectrum issues so if you saw my work posted there could you please give me a link??
  • 30/01 2010
    01:25
    Steve Stanley

    ...prish the thought Richo, and my compliments again on your gallery too dude.
  • 29/01 2010
    11:44
    Richo T

    luv the story that goes with it. Great gallery, five!!cheers brutha
  • 29/01 2010
    03:07
    Steve Stanley

    ...love to contribute where I can alan. So many have done it for me and it has, and no doubt will continue encourage my own growth. This piece stands, at least for myself, as one of my best. Your comments are greatly welcomed.
  • 29/01 2010
    01:59
    alan clark

    great detail and depth to the image and great detail on how it was done which helps us all nicely done 5