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Emerald Dragon - Reference by BrassDragon Emerald Dragon - Reference by BrassDragon
Coloured pencil and 3 green pens, 2008 Sept 10. (*silently sniffs about the murdered colours*)

Now then....
This would be the second of 5 or 6 gem dragon references. (Still got to decide whether I make a gem draggie of my own, the ruby one, because D&D seems to lack it... O.O) The idea as with the amethyst dragon came from the fact that I didn't like the Monster Manual II illustrations that much (although the emerald one I still found quite okay). So. There you go, enjoy the green shininess! ^.^

Emerald dragons are charismatic and are the keepers of vast amount of knowledge, usually knowing almost everything of interest in the region they live in. They are also very distrustful towards visitors, almost paranoid, but most likely they will just hide and watch the intruder until he/she would do something provoking (stealing from the treasure hoard or attacking the wyrmlings).

Unlike amethyst dragons, they are driven by strict order and discipline, but they are not swayed by morality (good) or any form of malice (evil). In D&D terms, they're Lawful Neutral.

They prefer living in the cones of extinct (or rarely, still active) volcanoes, or close to some form of civilization (but not too close so the population would disturb them).

Criticism is welcome as usual.

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I love coming across fellow traditional dragon artists! The color is what got me to notice this piece; although it's only various shades of green, the shading is very nice and it honestly doesn't need any other colors. It's natural! The mixture of pen and colored pencil worked out pretty great as well. Simple, but effective utensils when used in the right hands.

As a whole the anatomy is good, but a few points could be fixed in the future. The neck looks a bit thin, especially to support such a heavy head (remember the longer the neck is, the heavier the head will become). While I do enjoy the shape of the torso, it's a bit extreme anatomy-wise. The abdomen where all the digestive organs would be should be a bit thicker and more muscular to look more realistic. The legs, head, and wings look great, especially the musculature at the shoulder blades.

Another thing to be conscious of with traditional art is to try and fit the whole picture on the page. It's definitely difficult, I struggle with it too! Sometimes I wish I could just copy and re-position my work on paper like digital artists can! My advice would be to make sure you're confident in your sketch before making the lines official. I think this piece would definitely look better if it was centered and we could see the whole dragon.

Constructive criticism aside, you're absolutely a great artist. I've checked out your more recent work and wow you've already gotten better! Consider me inspired.
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youmeandlokid Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018
fantastic !
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ioanabart Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks cool ^^
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:iconsermoba104:
sermoba104 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Sublime!
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tjackart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
sick dragon art!! def. favoriting some of your stuff for future reference!  keep on doing work!!
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there T-Jack, thank you very much! I'm glad you like this (and other) pieces. You keep being awesome, and Happy Easter to you.

~ Brass
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Chenks-R Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous.
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chenks, you are delightful! Thank you very much for your comment on these sparkly fellows.

Happy Easter. :)

~ Brass
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Jadobaby Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I'd love to see it with a background. 
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're too kind, Jado! But oh, don't give me any ideas - there is already so much I have so little time for!
I wonder what kind of background would be interesting. Hmm!
Hope you have a great day.

~ Brass
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ceezyarts Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Photographer
yoo,this is 10 years old now! Love it,but the thoracic is kinda too big,compared to the pubis. Cool thoughDancing dragon XD 
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Ceezy! Thanks for the feedback! And I know - it's already been ten years! Insane!

~ Brass
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ElfProductions Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018
aaand there goes my self confidence
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nonsense, sweet Elf! Shrug that thought off. Were it true, then we should all be shy and ashamed because there's always someone so much better at something out there. If you enjoy your work, then please - please please - go for it. Have fun. Create!

Love what you do and we'll learn to love you. :)

~ Brass
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ElfProductions Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
sjsdukgkh she actually replied oh my god i really needed this thank you so much c:
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VictoriasAuroraOfLuv Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
have you done the Bronze dragon yet?
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have done a bronze dragon in ye olde days, but never a re-design or reference sheet. The versions that Todd Lockwood and Sam Wood made were already fantastic!

Here are mine:
The Egg Thieves by BrassDragon Bronze Sunset by BrassDragon

One can never have enough of D&D's dragons, I find. :)

~ Brass
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VictoriasAuroraOfLuv Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 I LOVE bronze draogns <3 <3
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018
Amazing. :-)
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Tim! You're most kind.

~ Brass
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TimMcJimFromPL Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018
Your very welcome. :D
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TomyGames Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Yes kangaroo
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - I think!
Have a happy new year soon. :)

~ Brass
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TomyGames Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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yoyonah Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, green dragon, nice. Not a common color.
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MaevynGlenn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist
wow this is a good piece. green sure is one of my favorite colour's ^-^ Pixel gemstones - Emerald Emerald Chaos Emerald Green Chaos Emerald CyanGreen-orb  :ayylmao::ayylmao: :ayylmao: what kinda pencils did you use?
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Maevynn! Green IS such a pretty thing... ;)

In truth, I cannot recall the pencils I used: I only had some basic, every-kid-has-these colour pencils that kept on breaking. I'm glad I could squeeze this much out of them.

What fun I had, though!

~ Brass
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MaevynGlenn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist
^-^ i have kids pencils too. crazy art and crayola and something else i don't remember at the moment.
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NightmareRaynaUndead Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Student General Artist
Wonderful work! ;) (Wink) 
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Rayna!

~ Brass
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NightmareRaynaUndead Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Your welcome!
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Titanium-Titan2 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Cool
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Titan! Have a good day.

~ Brass
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Tank-Dragon2014 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very bright and fantastic! 
I love the personality and behaviour description too :)
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
-You- are bright and fantastic!
Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

~ Brass
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Tank-Dragon2014 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1]  haha
You're welcome :)
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wertymen99 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what a dedicated group! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Keep it going and have fun!

~ Brass
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CatsAndCobras Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooh wow!
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment my dear! I'm glad you like it.

~ Brass
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CatsAndCobras Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np!
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Gabrieletheman0 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017
I like it!
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Hngry-f0r-bl00d Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi :) yes I am a fellow dragon artist





so you said criticism is welcome, PLEASE don't be offended, but maybe you could try making the wing ulna and radius the same length as the wing humorous, and perhaps make the muscles shading instead of as if the flesh were folding completely in on itself? (and maybe a longer tail, it may be the tail is short or im just looking a it wrong) eh this is still better then my crap I don't even bother with muscle shading X3 I still love this though!
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BrassDragon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your feedback, Hungry one!
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redhead-alex Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Emiade get your butt over here
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Emiade Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
whaaaaaaat--OH SHI~
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redhead-alex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeup
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TheCartoonWizard Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I wish for my own dragon( I want a girl one)
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RadianceHeartsRobin Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i love all your dragons
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
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jeffroell8 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Very Beautiful
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