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The Dragon Lantern by HeatherHitchman The Dragon Lantern by HeatherHitchman
"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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scratzilla Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
so in love with this image.
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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MikesScribbles Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Hobbyist 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.
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! All dragons are welcome here :-)
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Superjacobworld Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I want. I want so much. Too bad it's a drawing...well, amazing work with this anyway!
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :-)
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Iowasi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a neat concept - and all of those dragons are so cute!
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Why thank you! :-)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
Tremendous fun, great graphic elements, wonderful whimsy--brilliantly drawn.  Thank you for several smiles.
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:iconheatherhitchman:
HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
You are welcome! And thank you for your comment & compliments! :hug:
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KunYKA Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
One cute baby dragon closed another one lol:D
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:iconnightpark:
Nightpark Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist
Such a beautiful work! :aww: The "trapped" one doesn't look too happy though. Or maybe that's just me. ^^
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Nobody really likes work I guess haha XD
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student General Artist
What a cool and pretty painting :D
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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delightedmuse Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
They have great expressions :)
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
interesting, but when they grow up ?

also, what do you feed them ?
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
oh and also they eat meat :-)
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional 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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ashimbabbar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
I see you're creating a whole original world… so far it has good vibes Nod 
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute :D
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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