It looks very cool, except for one thing. At first glance it looks like both of the dragon's legs have been amputated and he is just kinda floating around. Maybe if you fixed that you would like it more. Just my 2 cents, but I can't draw so don't know how much my 2 cents are worth.
Nice work! I agree...it does look a bit crowded...I think it's the squareness of the format. If it were a bit wider and not so square, it would probably look better perspective-wise..in landscape format.. Or, one could spread it a bit more vertically, considering the winged warrior over the bridge.. But then again...I like dragon pix and this one, too..
Whats the amulet, that the dragon is wearing, for? Whats the flying angel warrior/djinn thing? and wont that chicks pauldrons smack her in the face? Then again, does it really matter? The quality is really good.
It is in deed crowded, crowded from details, but its not as bad as you think. The colors are kind of pale which is a beautiful contrast to the strong dynamics and the details in the picture.
I guess another problem may be the two people in the foreground. You worked them out with a lot of details, taking away the viewpoint from the dragon. I personally couldn't decide what to look first, the dragon or the two people in the foreground. Maybe it would help to darken them a little bit as kind of silhouettes. This would also take away the detailedness of the armor. Nevertheless it is an awesome piece and I know that I will take a lot of antipathies by writing what I wrote.
I think the crowded nature of this piece brings out the chaos and sense of struggle happening. One of them is in the dragon's clutches and danger is at hand. The others focus there energies amidst the madness. And your level of detail and texturing is incredibly thorough. You tend to leave no stone unturned (so to speak). And the guy in the sky is excellently original, and my favorite in this piece.
Thanks, and keep up the fantastic work. Love and Peace. NR:2010
Awesome as always Your work is easily recognizable from a mile.. Maybe it feels crowded because there is someone with flashy effects in every corner and there is little ground left. But who am I to analyze something waaay above my level?