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Heart of Fire

Full view or I feed him another kitten!

Inspired by seeing *electrophiliac 's Fire Heart and by wanting to test whether my Dragon's Eye would make for a good actual dragon eye (it doesn't :) ).

Since I couldn't really find a good looking coloured dragon in the dA stock machine I decided to make my own Fire Dragon. The entire piece is photo manipulation not a single pencil / brush / etc used. I'm happy with the result but there's still more I feel I can do with it, perhaps later.

First installment in the Dragon series, if you like this one you might also want to check out: Last of the Draconians

--- Special thanks ---

To :iconelectrophiliac: for graciously allowing me to use Fire Heart as part of the background (this is not a stock image, used with permission!). I hope she likes the outcome.

To ~Trollkaro for providing me early feedback when I got stuck and for listening to my nightly rambles in general.

This image is not stock, total build time: 23 hours, total layers: 138, disclaimer: no kittens were harmed during its creation but a few puppies simply weren't fast enough. Chronology

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



-- Stock used ---

- Dragon statue: stock391 by *BreedStock
- Tower: The Keep Tower by =CausticStock
- Wing references: Dragonfly stock image 1 by ~zpyder
- About 5 of my own photos make up for the rest, a free print for the first one to name three out of five (they're in my gallery.

--- Featured ---
Art Stock of Stock Artists - by :iconsenshistock: | Courtesy and the Art of Saying Thank You - by :iconarcanebrain: | Some FEATURES!! - by :iconumbrielthouart: | Digital Feature and Glomp no. 4 - by :iconflynn-the-cat: | Journal feature - by :iconmaureenolder: | Devious Dragons - Issue 33 - by :icontyshadragon: | Workshops at work - by :iconastraldaamon:

I give permission to *Manipulators and all other clubs in my journal to publish this piece.
Image details
Image size
3034x1858px 2.4 MB
HP Photosmart M22 (V01.00) +
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 4, 2007, 4:02:29 PM
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ZackLoup's avatar
This was featured here: [link]
MadElfTk's avatar
Very cool. I love the intensity of the dragon and the fire behind it. :)
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, glad you like it :)
dariusberne's avatar
very nicely done, love the fire. The only quarell i have is that the dragon itself looks a wee bit cartoony :(
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Interesting :D not usually the reaction this piece gets.

Just out of curiosity, in what sense is it cartoony?
dariusberne's avatar
i think its probably because the outlines are a bit sharp
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Ah I see, yeah it was one of my early manipulations (the first non-abstract one actually), I do need to clean those edges up one day :D
dariusberne's avatar
I've always said "Blur is your BEST friend"XD
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Yes and no, it's easily overused in my opinion. I do use a variety of blurs all the time but have also seen it horribly overused. Anyway, like I said this was one of my first steps on the path of fantasy photo manipulation.
Cherryxx17's avatar
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, it took a while to make but the end result was more than worth it :D
Creative-Commision's avatar
This is beautiful. I'm a sucker for dragons though! It looks great, very intense feel to it!
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much :D this was a lot of work but a lot of fun to see it progress and be so well received :D glad you enjoyed it.
Creative-Commision's avatar
I really did enjoy it!
angelitonegro's avatar
Full view or :fear: haha!
I want a kitten! But not ate by the dragon :blush: greaT!!
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Here you go, I've kept it for you: :iconkittenplz: he is getting mighty hungry though :D
Flynn-the-cat's avatar
I did not fullview.
Here, I donate you a kitten :iconwtfcatplz:
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
:rofl: thanks ... I was running out :D
Flynn-the-cat's avatar
Tch, so many bad people...
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :)
SarahPonzohaRiley's avatar
Very nice....I like the aura around the can see the energy rising off the creature.
Ghost-Dreamer's avatar
Thank you very much, that dragon was my first ever fantasy manipulation; loved creating it and combining all those different elements in an attempt to get them to work together :)
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