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And so the story continues, mortal enemies meet, ready to strike at one another. But who will strike first … and how?

The next step in the story, again not entirely what I set out to create, I must have changed the design 5 times during the process. It was always going to be an encounter / trespassing theme but I had different models in mind at first.

Hope you guys like it *wipes sweat of brow* the entire piece is photo manipulation not a single pencil / brush / texture etc used.

This image is not stock, total build time: 42 hours, total layers: 165, disclaimer: There’s two of them! Chronology

Please don't hesitate to comment on what you like (or dislike) about the picture, any feedback is appreciated.



-- Stock used --

- Main dragon: stockBB by =BreedStock
- Smaller dragons: Ice Dragon 1- Feb 10 08 and Dragon Attack 2 by *markopolio-stock
- Background: Manipulated background 3 by ~Caserta-Stock
- Hooded figure: Part of previous image and Black_Dress_and_Cloak_2 and Cloaked_2 by =sd-stock
- Part of the wings: Dragonfly stock image 1 by ~zpyder
- About 8 of my own pictures make up for the rest.

--- Featured ---
Big Eastern Photo Manipulations Feature by :iconrav777: | Featuring Photo Manipulations by :iconrav777: | Anyway... back to norm-waaaiiit. - by :iconflynn-the-cat:
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charsane's avatar
:faint: So detailed, its mesmerizing. Great work. I think I'll have to watch you. {Not in a stalker way} I could learn a lot from you. :thumbsup:
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, glad you like it :D
SylverStrike's avatar
A very interesting concept! I love how you've used what looks like a model dragon. And the whole piece has a certain spooky atmosphere. The swirls on the hooded person look perhaps a little too out of place, but aside from that, this is a great piece!
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:D the dragon is actually a coffee table or VCD stand or something owned by *BreedStock (it supports a big glass plate); I love using it since I can do a lot with it in terms of colour (it's in black and blue). The piece is sort of a continuation of the previous 3, which hopefully explains the magic swirls a bit to the audience. Thank you very much for the feedback btw :hug: I really appreciate it.
Nayou's avatar
Awesome photomanipulation :wow:

The composition is just stunning !

Keep up your good work ! :+fav:
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:glomp: thank you very much milady, I'm really happy that you like it :D
Nayou's avatar
:aww: :glomp: you're welcome my lord ! :XD:
Digital-Art-Club's avatar
Hey :wave:

Your artwork has been submitted here


Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:hug: thank you very much :heart:
whipzter's avatar
OMG..........40 plus layers and stock also???
Dayum.i give up!
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
165 layers, 42 hours ;)

I usually take all the pictures completely apart and then look at colouring them, adding effects, etc. The tiny dragon in the top left corner is recoloured and is about 6 layers, the background about 4 (it's easy stock to use) the front dragon is about 60 layers (various multiples with different effects and the wings alone are about 20) and another 7 to create the shadow / darken the colours on the dragon towards the back, etc. :crazy:
whipzter's avatar
Ohhhhhhhh yes.. Can't wait to show this to my hubby...for some reason i was lead here. TY for posting this beautiful piece.
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
You're most welcome, glad you like it so much :hug:
Caserta-Stock's avatar
Very nice! Thanks for using my stock :heart:
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you for making such wonderful pieces available, I hardly had any work thanks to your wonderful background :hug:
xHaStex's avatar
great work....
the magic effect is so cool....
and the positioning of the characters is excellent...
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, really glad you like it :)
visualjenna's avatar
now, that really interesting! i'm totaly impressed by how you worked on the dragon! great composition and great colors, amazing job! :heart:
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:blushes: thank you very much, I really appreciate the wonderful feedback :hug:
2dazed's avatar
Oh I really like this one!
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:D thanks a billion, glad you like it :hug:
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The liquid air divides a confrontation
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