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The Princess and the Dragon by Dreamspirit The Princess and the Dragon by Dreamspirit
Completed - 2006-09-12

The end result of one of my first full-out digital paintings. It's so interesting to see how far I've come since this first, humble attempt.

I can't totally get the story across because of the massive difference in scale between the Dragon and the Princess, but hopefully at least this "hints" that something magical is taking place. :)

Details and more information available here: on LiveJournal


"The Princess and the Dragon" - By K. LeCrone (aka. Dreamspirit)


Long ago there lived a Princess, whose love to one of the castle guards was such legend that it was whispered about by both the royalty as well as the peasant-folk. While war loomed, however, the two knew they could never wed, so each worked as they might to bring an end to the fighting: he with his sword, and she, with her wise words which she shared with the king, and all who would listen.

When the war grew closer, the brave knight was called out to defend his homeland for long periods of time, and each time before he left he would gently kiss his lady on the hand and tell her how he loved her, and how he would always return, and she would always and forever be the one he returned to. "That is a promise I swear to, Milady," he'd said. And every evening, as the light began to fade, she would climb to the highest tower in the castle, and look out: just hoping to get a glance of her knight riding home. She would softly sing out a tune the two of their heart's shared, as if it might perchance call him home if he couldn't find his way.

Days turned to weeks, turned to months, and she would pray for him and hope for the day when the two of them could be reunited once more. One day, however, a sinking feeling set her heart, and though she knew not why, she was certain ill-fortune had come to her knight. Not a moonturn later, she saw a riderless horse slowly approach the castle, and she knew for sure there would be no happy ending to their story.

She wept, as a mother for the loss of her child, and crept to the tallest tower of the castle once more, as if she would find peace there that she lacked in her heart.

Her tear-filled face looked out over the eerily-still horizon and she began to softly sing the tune she'd sung so often for her Knight. She closed her eyes and let the music fill her, putting all of her heart into it until the final phrase passed through her soft lips. Then, without explanation, a warm breeze seemed to catch her face and she looked up to the sky, where heaven itself seemed to open up before her, pouring out light and a strange sense of otherworldly peace unlike anything she'd ever seen or felt before. A strange, ancient music seemed to play on the wind with the rhythm of her beating heart. Like a dream, the heavens began to shimmer and move as if they were alive. And, like a ghost, they took shape before her eyes. A massive dragon's face posed before her and floated effortlessly, with its huge mane catching the wind, and scales twinkling lightly. It wrapped its tail around the castle, and calmly looked down to the Princess, and smiled.

"Dear lady, I've traveled through the lands of the living and the dead to find you again. Your song called to me, and even after a cruel sword felled my body, the song shook me and awakened who I truly am. I have the soul of a dragon, of the noble race that loves deeply and protects truly. And as in my last life, I pledge to you in this one, I will keep you safe from harm and always be with you. And when old age comes to you after so many more great deeds on this Earth, I will be here still, and on that day you will join me in the clouds, for you have the soul of a noble dragon as well."

The Princess looked up at the dragon, and through a tear-stained face she smiled, and believed.



Oriental Kudu Dragon Sketch CU by Dreamspirit Oriental Kudu Dragon Sketch by Dreamspirit

The amazing :iconemilysculpts: also sculpted a piece based on this painting and story that was given as a gift to me. The Princess and the Dragon by emilySculpts
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sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :)
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sailordarkcancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank me ,no, thank you !Clap :happybounce: 
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LexThomas Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Nice. I loved it
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Banapplebees Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
It had such a touching ending. I honestly wasn't expecting that:)
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diebitch2947 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Me after reading the story:Miuna Crying Icon 
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mercuryshade999 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so beautiful, and so touching... I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a little bit. Thank you so much for creating such a breathtaking, heartwarming piece of art; this is definitely going in my favorites. Absolutely wonderful! :happycry: revamp 
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SunflashTehMace Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Favourited because the story made me tear up a little....a feat only achieved by Pokemon Mystery Dungeon(Don't ask) and Schindler's List
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cutedevi Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
sweet work
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!
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cutedevi Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
no need ^^
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NeutraStaff Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
This...is...scary
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry it scared you! He's quite huge, to be sure!
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NeutraStaff Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Lol, just jk;P But I would hate to be where that castle is, if that's a bad dragon.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
He's a good dragon. :) Just as noble as he was in life, I assure you. ;)
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JPrybe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! The image depicts the dragon in a way I haven't seen in a while. It's like a dragon-god
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you liked it!
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JPrybe Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really do!
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ADFTlove Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
does the dragon love her like in love?
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
He does. The two are kindred souls that are destined to be together.
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ADFTlove Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
daw so cute
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Dalychnea Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful drawing <33 and a beautiful story
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much on both counts! I'm glad you enjoyed the art and story. :)
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GriffinPhillis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awsome work!
:D
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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GriffinPhillis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome. :3
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Fellmoon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
With love that trancends death, a princess waits for the return of her knight. Singing of her love as time goes and almost loses hope. Yet her knight does returns, his love so strong even in death that he returned as a noble dragon. Saying he was called to her side he promised to stay with her... and when she died the princess join him as he was.
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Wonderful, really captures the picture well and adds insight and insperation to my own writing.

Question, would you be able to do a commission much like you have above based on information I could give on my protaganist?
It would very much be a serious commision, as I have been working on my book as well as most particuarlly my main character for quite some time. As such he is very detailed and desciptive.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so very glad you found both the prose and art so dear to you. :) I really enjoyed meshing the two in this way, and it's such a treat to be able to share them.

As far as commissions go: indeed I do take them! I have one in progress and two in queue after that, but, that said, I should have some availability for another once I work through the ones I have. :) As a bit of a writer myself, I know how fun and fulfilling it can be to see your characters and scenes illustrated, and it's always a pleasure to work on commissions with similar heart and story behind them.

That said, please feel free to send me a note to discuss further details with me so that I can give you a quote! Also: if it is a personal commission, or art you are looking to have published later (since the two have different prices).

I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks again for your interest in my art!
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thundergod16 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
two things one the painting was great and two the story behind the painting was beautiful
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave me feedback. I really appreciate it and I'm glad you enjoyed both the art and story!
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thundergod16 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome
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redrosabell Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Professional
So cool! ^^
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you like it!
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FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :) The colors are some of my personal favorite hues.
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FirstKeeper Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I like a colors here too.
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
awesome work :) and beautiful story too.
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much for the compliments! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and art! :)
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
You're welcome :). :hug: I love old fairy tale stories like that :). How did you come up with it/
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, if you look below the story, you'll see some simpler graphite sketches I did of the character many years ago. At the time I did them, I enjoyed the figure, but I felt like I'd cheated myself by "copping out" and not having any sort of story or setting to go along with him.

One of the big things I'd learned from film school was that for scenes, it is important to consider where the figure is coming from off-camera in the scene before to better motivate why they are doing what they are doing on camera and where they are aiming to go (ie: what their goals are), so when my friend held a contest some time later concerning dragons, I thought it would be neat to sort of revisit the figure and figure out his motivations.

The first thing that occurred to me is that I wanted to show a sense of scale, and I wanted to push myself and render a bit of setting and to work digitally (which was rather new to me at the time!). Along the way, I thought it would look visually interesting to have the scale of the dragon be so large that he would just... dwarf the castle, and I liked the idea that he was watching over it.

But I wanted to further motivate him. WHY was he watching over the castle? I viewed it as a benevolent character, so somewhere along the way it came to me that perhaps he was a sort of spirit, and then after that I thought about why such a spirit would have ties to this particular castle, and from there came the idea of it being a sort of unresolved romance between the dragon character and the princess (such "loves that could never be" are certainly a popular topic in many fairy tales ;) ). I really grooved with the idea that it was also a mix of a sad tale of duty with a sort of, I guess, hopeful resolution down the road for them both. One of those types of love that has a happy ending, but not in the way you expect. And in an even more mystical sort of resolution. And after figuring out the sort of background to the piece of art I was working on, I later decided midway through working on the piece that I would write a short little story to go along with it.

I really wasn't thinking much of anyone would read it at the time I wrote it, and it really astounded me that it became one of the most popular pieces in my gallery here on DA. I guess I thought a lot of people would just look at the art and move on, but to hear back that so many enjoyed the story as well was just...really heartwarming.

(I also added the princess's figure illustrated up in the tallest tower, though I really need to get a close-up of that stick-figure to prove it ;) ).
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vegiboy3000 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
(so so so so so sorry I took so long to reply X o. Its been a while so apologies if you don't remember me either.) Oh, awesome :). I'll have to remember that for the future as well. I studied Cinema in college and took a production class or two but I'm hoping to attend another film school to get some experience. What film school do you/did you attend if you don't mind my asking? Its funny, with a lot of stories, I've kind of thought of an image, location or scenario before I came up with the actual stories and characters for it too. An example being where I've grown up watching certain mystery/paranormal type movies and tv shows like Scooby-Doo, Ghostbusters, and Indiana Jones and I just loved a lot of the atmosphere and adventerous/mystical/paranormal spirit of these influences, and then a few years ago, after a mixture of seeing the film the Princess and the Frog and playing this computer game called Legend of the Crystal Skull (no relation to the Indiana Jones movie), which was set in New Orleans, and I just thought, darn it, I so want to make my own movie/story like that and so I started writing the script which is about crew members of a "ghost-hunting" reality show coming to shoot in New Orleans and they discover a chilling ghostly secret left behind in a mansion and have to dig through the city's history to uncover what's going on.

I definetely want to create my own kind of fairy tale like you did and I have a couple of ideas but not sure if they'll quite work yet. Keep up the good work :)
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Dalychnea Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the story <33 It's really touching and everything :clap:
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the compliments! I'm glad you found the art and story touching. :) I think this is one of the few pieces in my gallery where I wrote a short story to go along with it and it really makes me want to do that more often with my uploads.
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LackeDragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I love the story which fit perfectly :)
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you enjoyed the art and story! :) That really means a lot to me!
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LackeDragon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
To me too. :)
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EctoplasmicSlug Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
:icondragonspif: Congrats and fantastic job!!! Your art made it to the Excellent Art Folder of :icondragon-fanatics: Dragon-Fanatics.

Sincerely,
:iconthe-artistic-a: (Founder)
The-Artistic-A
Amanda Rose Wanner
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! This piece has always meant quite a lot to me, so it's wonderful being able to share it.

I actually added a bit more background info to this entry as well as some links to the original graphite sketch that inspired this and the amazing sculpture :iconfireeyes-dragon: did of it as well if you want to check them out too!
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SabakuNoAmber Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna pet it!!!
*pets dragons plushie*
Guess it will have to suffice......

*FLY PLUSHIE FLY*
**throws at my fluffy chair**
8D I lived!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha! I'm glad you like him. :) He definitely has quite a bit of "fluff" to him.
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