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The Watcher

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The Watcher opened his eyes after the short nap he had taken in the midday sun. His hot breath let the corn on the field sway in a warm summer breeze, driving before it the gulls gliding above the puddle of an ocean, its surface calm and only moved by the slight motions of the watcher´s tail. With a smile he saw the little creatures bustle, building their pebble sized cities and ploughing their fields, busy as ants. Let them rest he thought and lazily stretched his wing and night fell over the world.

This painting only took about 15 to 20 hours, stretched out over 6 months as I did not have the time to work on it very often.
I guess I´ll have to explain my poor attempt at writing above as one cannot really see the necessary details in the photo. In the shadow of the dragon´s wing there are little towns (they look like stones in the photo), fields, forests and rivers running toward the "ocean".
My starting point were some old views of the world. Here the dragon controls the environment, the blue of his scales is the blue of the sky, he creates the ocean´s waves, his breath stirs the wind and so on. How would one of the creatures/a human of the world under his wing know he´s there?

I know there are some flaws in the dragon´s anatomy, especially with his wing...I have learned a lot about drawing dragon´s this past half year and would paint him a little different now.

acrylics on canvas-paper, 40x50 cm
Image size
900x634px 604.17 KB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
FUJIFILM
Model
FinePix F31fd
Shutter Speed
1/28 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
8 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Feb 18, 2009, 6:48:57 PM
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bluedragon6969's avatar
whatever flaws there may be it's still good art !
scimystic's avatar
beautiful work
tothehorizon's avatar
awesome concept
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
LilMangoMagic's avatar
Heya! I saw this from the thread you had on MagiStream?
Well,
this is truly, AMAZING work !! I love this!
And you said this was TRADITIONAL?!
Wow !!! :clap:
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment!
Yes, this was done traditionally with acrylics on canvas paper. :)
LilMangoMagic's avatar
No problem!
WHOA, SRS?!
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Yes, seriously :D Acrylics are one of my favourite media to work with. :)
LilMangoMagic's avatar
Wow.. I am so amazed :3
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kaikakuHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I love this, the moss is so nice and soft looking and the blue / green color scheme is very pretty.
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
Denodon's avatar
DenodonHobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of a character from some story I read once but I don't remember the title...
I really like this
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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DenodonHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Still don't remember the book but the blue hue is lovely
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Wow! I must say, this is an absolutely beautiful concept! And it was executed quite perfectly, too. :) I loved reading through the little explanations you had for it. It's amazing how I didn't notice so much when I first looked at it. <3
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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You're welcome. ^_^
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Tifa22Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture and idea! :clap:
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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Tifa22Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome! :iconsmile--plz:
Starlight-blue333's avatar
Wow thats beautiful :wow:
I love the little explanation you gave out :) Now i see the little towns :)
Uh is that the end of his tail or is his tail subermerged in the puddle or is the puddle his tail??
I love every detail you put into this, its very clear and the wings are superbly done.
This dragon seems like an aquatic dragon because of its ears?

I love the idea that it is a protector for the town.. Such a giant creature that could do a lot of harm, chooses not to :) I like that.

I have tried mastering dragon wings (let alone the dragon its self) and it is quite difficult. I do it in the bat-like style (that you have also done here) going up then down...

This is a superb piece of work, well done :clap:
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AnkaravenHobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for the detailed comment :)

His tail is submerged in the water, he´s stirring it and creates waves...another detail that gets a bit lost in the photo I guess :(
I paint and draw most dragons´ ears like this, the frills of lizards inspired me to first try this and I kind of like it :)
The wings were indeed the most difficult thing in this painting, I had to change them several times and would do them differently now but I am glad you think they turned out ok.
Starlight-blue333's avatar
Thats alright!!

I see... Thats pretty damn cool! :)
Lol yeah they turned out fine! I get annoyed with drawing them xD
Or they turn out alright and the dragon's body or eyes look weird.

But it really turned out perfect (ur piece) :)
Hallarhoswen's avatar
This is soooo beautiful!! :love: The color is just awesome!
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