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The Dragon Lantern
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Published: October 8, 2015
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"In the magical realm known as "Terratoff" creatures live and work together in tight knit kingdoms and villages. Living in a world of magic provides unique opportunities to utilize unusual abilities for every day life, including power sources.
Depicted in this digital painting is a common source of lighting for the wealthier homesteads, "dragon lanterns". When night falls and the discerning Terratoffian needs to find their way around a dimly lit dwelling, these little dragons follow them from room to room to light their way with their gentle flames. Once their patron settles in a particular room, the dragons take turns climbing in and out of cast iron lanterns to keep the room illuminated steadily. "

I have spent a ton of time on this one! It all began with a sketch in my morning warm up, and turned into this.
I started with a loose design of what I wanted, the modeled the lantern in 3d and threw some simple lights in. Once that was complete, I used the model and light render as a guide to create this painting.

:heart:Step by step visual guide of the creation can be found on my tumblr blog soon! and my newsletter. :heart:

Photoshop CS5
Maya 2012
Textures from www.cgtextures.com & www.mayang.com


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SpotEtal's avatar
SpotEtalProfessional Artist
very good
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you!
JadeGibi's avatar
JadeGibiStudent Traditional Artist
OMG this is perfect!
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much!
scratzilla's avatar
so in love with this image.
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much!
MikesScribbles's avatar
MikesScribblesHobbyist General Artist
VEry nice dragons.
 I'm glad to see your gallery includes a few Wyvern as well.
The time you put into this one makes all the difference in the final product.
HeatherHitchman's avatar
HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you! All dragons are welcome here :-)
Superjacobworld's avatar
SuperjacobworldHobbyist General Artist
I want. I want so much. Too bad it's a drawing...well, amazing work with this anyway!
HeatherHitchman's avatar
HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you! :-)
Iowasi's avatar
IowasiHobbyist General Artist
This is such a neat concept - and all of those dragons are so cute!
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Why thank you! :-)
MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
Tremendous fun, great graphic elements, wonderful whimsy--brilliantly drawn.  Thank you for several smiles.
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
You are welcome! And thank you for your comment & compliments! :hug:
KunYKA's avatar
KunYKAHobbyist General Artist
One cute baby dragon closed another one lol:D
Nightpark's avatar
NightparkHobbyist
Such a beautiful work! :aww: The "trapped" one doesn't look too happy though. Or maybe that's just me. ^^
HeatherHitchman's avatar
HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you!
Nobody really likes work I guess haha XD
Vapolord's avatar
VapolordStudent General Artist
What a cool and pretty painting :D
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Thank you!
delightedmuse's avatar
They have great expressions :)
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
thank you!
ashimbabbar's avatar
interesting, but when they grow up ?

also, what do you feed them ?
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
oh and also they eat meat :-)
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HeatherHitchmanProfessional General Artist
Good question! I'm thinking they will probably get new jobs, I am toying around with the idea of the older dragons working in the abandoned mines of the dwarves (since the dwarves were wiped out in Terratoff) melting precious metals to make jewelry for royaly, particularly herladic type neck collars for the unicorns (the next big piece in the works)
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