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Why Bother 01 by dragonsong12 Why Bother 01 :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 4 13 Zodiac Dragons - All Signs by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - All Signs :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 4 2 Zodiac Dragons - Capricorn by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Capricorn :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 1 3 Zodiac Dragons - Sagittarius by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Sagittarius :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 0 Zodiac Dragons - Scorpio by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Scorpio :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 3 3 Zodiac Dragons - Libra by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Libra :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 0 Zodiac Dragons - Virgo by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Virgo :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 1 2 Zodiac Dragons - Leo by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Leo :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 0 Zodiac Dragons - Cancer by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Cancer :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 1 0 Zodiac Dragons - Gemini by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Gemini :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 2 Zodiac Dragons - Taurus by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Taurus :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 0 Zodiac Dragons - Aires by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Aires :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 3 2 Zodiac Dragons - Pisces by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Pisces :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 5 2 Zodiac Dragons - Aquarius by dragonsong12 Zodiac Dragons - Aquarius :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 5 3 03 - Obverse by dragonsong12 03 - Obverse :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 6 Comic Bookmarks by dragonsong12 Comic Bookmarks :icondragonsong12:dragonsong12 2 15


I'm keepin'my eyes peeled by JackPot-84 I'm keepin'my eyes peeled :iconjackpot-84:JackPot-84 365 30 Expressionist-Wannabe Barn Owl by CyanilurusJubatus Expressionist-Wannabe Barn Owl :iconcyanilurusjubatus:CyanilurusJubatus 28 7 Aidan and Serik in the Field by CyanilurusJubatus Aidan and Serik in the Field :iconcyanilurusjubatus:CyanilurusJubatus 6 4 Twisted Mirrors - Rasque-ish - fanart by CyanilurusJubatus Twisted Mirrors - Rasque-ish - fanart :iconcyanilurusjubatus:CyanilurusJubatus 4 7 FNAF: Requiem with a Birthday Cake, page 1 by Negaduck9 FNAF: Requiem with a Birthday Cake, page 1 :iconnegaduck9:Negaduck9 328 32 Through The Twisted Mirror by WhispersInTheMirror Through The Twisted Mirror :iconwhispersinthemirror:WhispersInTheMirror 4 2 Pizza Time Theatre by Kosperry Pizza Time Theatre :iconkosperry:Kosperry 16,706 1,696 For Science ! by Pikila For Science ! :iconpikila:Pikila 1,829 219 Goliath Says Hello by CyanilurusJubatus Goliath Says Hello :iconcyanilurusjubatus:CyanilurusJubatus 25 6 Little Red Riding Hood by ailah Little Red Riding Hood :iconailah:ailah 6,869 311 3rd Place - Art In Flight by Riverfox237 3rd Place - Art In Flight :iconriverfox237:Riverfox237 4 2 Carolina by SamDenmarkArt Carolina :iconsamdenmarkart:SamDenmarkArt 569 126 Dragonsona Contest Winners by Yubria Dragonsona Contest Winners :iconyubria:Yubria 11 12 Silver Snail robot by skottieyoung Silver Snail robot :iconskottieyoung:skottieyoung 677 13 Caught in the moment by ailah Caught in the moment :iconailah:ailah 6,019 299
For Some Reason I Think Home
He staggered to the ruins, soaked with sweat. Blood dripped into his eyes in crimson rivulets. It was over. He was home now. Fatigue and nostalgia meshed together in a haze of memories and reality. The thick clouds above him blurring and molding together into a dreary gray sky matched his mood.
How long had it been since he had seen this place: Weeks, months, ages? He ran his hand over the remains of a house wall. The craggy mortar and soft moss beneath his fingers seemed strange. Had this been his home? The toppled chimney behind him was growing a wild garden in the fireplace. Was this really home?
It had been a long journey, there and back again. He had fought and even loved it at times. He had the scars to prove it. He squeezed his arm tighter. More blood seeped through his fingers. The last battle that plagued him was finally over. Disapproval was the only thing that had spared him. The dense air popped his ears, muffling everything but his thoughts.
He ground his teeth at the memo
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Zodiac Dragons - All Signs
And the final piece puts them all together. I decided to do this one in the event that a person liked one of the other designs more than their own sign, this allows for the best of both worlds. It was designed to be a poster, which meant poster dimensions, which meant that aquarius and leo got positions of prominence while scorpio and taurus kinda got burned. In hindsight I know how I could've fixed it, but...yeah..."hindsight". I still think it looks pretty good though and at least taurus and scorpio are more horizontal so they fit in okay (you'd be tempted to think I planned that...I did not. :XD: ).

A big problem with this whole project was that it was on a very limited timeline, because I wanted to get it done to have prints available for Awesomecon coming up March 30th. Most of the problems can be traced back to that. I originally wanted to do all of these as digital paintings, but the shortened time frame wouldn't have allowed it. Then I thought of doing dragons based on the four seasons as that would be a much smaller list, but ultimately I'm glad I went the way I did. The issues I have aren't all that bad considering how quickly it got done. And maybe I'll save that seasons idea and do digital paintings of those now that this project's off my list. the very least, you now know what this sketchdump was all about:…

To see the individual zodiac designs, go here!…
Zodiac Dragons - Capricorn
Capricorn...the sea goat...ALSO not a water sign...but scorpio is...I don't understand you, Zodiac :XD:

That said, this one was also a lot of fun.

To see the rest of the zodiac designs, go here!…
Zodiac Dragons - Sagittarius
...A centaur archer?...I guess I'll make him pointy? :XD:

To see the rest of the zodiac designs, go here!…
Zodiac Dragons - Scorpio
This one was easy to design because scorpions already kinda look like dragons.
...I did have a weird thing though where this one in particular seemed to be coming out a bit too muddy. I'm not sure how that happened, and when I turned it to greyscale the contrast looked pretty good, but it was bugging me. For all the other dragons I decided to speed up the process by doing shading only, but scorpio got hilights because it was the only way I could get it to pop at all.

To see the rest of the zodiac designs, go here!…


Serena Loder
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I've always had an interest in cartoons and comics. I work for a living, but spend almost all of my free time drawing, either for one of my two webcomics, or for work you see here in the gallery. Though I don't have any illusions of being "professional" I do enjoy it and I keep working to improve.
Interests's been a while, hasn't it?


...I often tend to make catching up on DA my New Year's resolution, because I don't particularly care about my looks and it feels like something that's attainable. Last year I hadn't actually been gone for too long in January, but this year...


...I'm sorry everyone, I just needed some time to myself. It was...not a great year for a variety of reasons. I wasn't simply avoiding DA, though, I wasn't really getting much in the way of other projects done either, as evidenced by the lack of art to post heralding my return. I haven't really been able to work on anything except the comics - even work on Conscripted has ground to a halt. -_-


I have to confess, not posting for the better part of a year had left me with FAR too many messages to ever catch up I didn't try to. All messages - excepting a handful of comments - were deleted sight unseen. There were several hundred of them, it was too much to go through. I didn't pick anybody out, I just deleted everything without looking at it. We're starting up fresh this year.


So with that being said, let's catch up a bit:




Firefly Cross, my first webcomic, is winding down to a close. It will end with chapter 50, and 50 will largely be exposition/epilogue so the action will go through 49. I have an idea for a sequel to it, but currently I'm not planning to follow through. I just don't have as much fun working on that comic as I once did and with everything else going on it's too much to try to keep up with. Even as it is, I'm sure the ending feels a bit rushed. Don't get me wrong, it's going as the story was always intended to, but it's probably happening in far fewer chapters than it should and I acknowledge that. At least it will get an ending, unlike so many webcomics out there, and I feel like it will be a somewhat more satisfying one - rush job and all - than the ending of the original Twisted Mirrors.




Speaking of Twisted Mirrors, working on THAT has actually been the one continuous bright spot on an otherwise dismal year. The subject matter may be pretty dour, but working on the pages themselves rarely is. Unlike FFC where I'm losing the passion, TM seems to only be gaining steam and I'm so excited for what's coming next.


I just wrapped up posting chapter 2 of the comic, which ends what I consider to be the story's introduction. Back when I was starting the sequel, I mentioned that I wished I had the strength to wait and post a lot of the beginning all in once chunk since I thought it would read better that way. Well...this is the spot I was referring to, and now you can see why I didn't have the patience to wait the better part of a year to post it. ^^; Up until this point we've largely been following one character, but starting in chapter 3 and continuing in chapter 4, more of the cast and the world and the story will be fleshed out and I can't wait to show it!


I've been assembling some songs that remind me of the story - a thing I'm sure pretty much everyone does, so not particularly noteworthy - but it amuses me how many songs that are clearly (though arguably not explicitly) meant to be romantic that really fit a decidedly not-romantic relationship. Also one of the songs is such a spoiler I can never share it. I mean, even the goddamn title is a spoiler. XD


There's some other projects in the works that I wonder if they'll ever get done, because I started them over the holiday break when I had a lot of downtime and was largely cut off from...everything. Now that the new year is in full swing, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep up the momentum.

I guess we'll have to see.

Happy New Year and stuff I guess. ^^;


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Vaprrenon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
*hugs* Yay....the dwaggie's on the DA!
SeigneurRuei Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004
Welcome to DA!*hugz*
dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not feeling very devious at the moment. So I'm not gonna put much here ^_^
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