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Dragons Lair by Ironshod Dragons Lair by Ironshod
Enter the dragon's lair if you dare!

My aim for this picture was to paint a classic image of a powerful dragon. I thought that a red dragon would make an aggressive looking creature, and is a colour that will sit well alongside the golden treasure and dark cavern. Skeletal remains are scattered on the floor to show the fate that awaits any treasure hunters rash enough to take on this beast.

An article about how I painted this picture is published in issue 50 of Imagine FX [link] Out today in the UK and Europe and elsewhere in the world next month.

I hope you like it :)
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Galacliva Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Is it all right if I use this as a thumbnail for an airsoft video??.. The  Event was called BB WARS. Operation Dragon's Nest  if you wanna google it.  Could never find a dragon picture that fit with the event and has as much intimidation factor as your art work does, and one that is facing  forward in particular.  Will Of course Credit you and link to your page on here in the description...   
SketchMonster1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Very dramatic. Coloring is magnificent. Super great piece!
ZephrZolt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wat are yeww lookin at boi?

DoNT MAek mIi cOme in THeRE Or Ill TakE All YoUr BLOodEh GOlD!
MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the details you put into the drawings.  Everywhere I look tells a story about this dragon, particularly, why it's a bad idea to be in this dragon's lair near its horde.
Butterflybarna Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Awesome! I just love your dragons. You are an extremely talented artist😀
ClayTonne Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
always has put into my mind what Smaug should have looked like even before the  movies, also Reds are the most powerful(the only exception being the great green from the dragonlance series 
CivillyBarbaric Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Slifer the sky dragon
Narutopowers88 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Yes I'm entering the dragon's lair and giving him a hug even if it means turing into ash lol.
You are drawing great dragons! :D Take my watch! ;)
Rekrovoire Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
Oooh i have this picture on some of my card sleeves. :o How did it come to this?
Btw: I really like this picture very much! Keep it up c:
jud02 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
love the detail on your work its all so amazing
ShiningDragon79 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2017
I love this picture. Bought it as a poster. Now it's just exact above the television. :D
esraolkun Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good work!.. :) (Smile) 
simmtek Featured By Owner Edited Apr 18, 2017
Dear Sir/madam

I host a games night Advanced Dunegons and Dragons and I would like to use your poster if I print this
so I am asking for your permission I can makes sure your name is printed below as ownership

please let me know
koldar33 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
This is one of my all time favorite dragon pieces.  Well done capturing the classic dragon feel.
stmeredith Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017
May I use the image of the dragon on a pen if I give you credit?
NduguNani Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017

Am interested in the largest of dragons art, a package with 7 different images of a GIGANTIC DRAGON

i) SIX COLORED IMAGES: Head - 1 from front and 1 from sides, 
full body - 1 from both sides, 1 - flying and 1 when sitting;

ii) ONE VECTOR: Head, as viewed from the right side of the dragon - 
to be used as my personal logo. How much will that be?

NB: The resolution should be at least 4000 x 4000, and the colors should be vivid not fancy ones, and should reflect true dragon colors. (Notice to the public: No pirated software may be used as it is illegal.)

Contact me at
thebigteacher Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016
Time to run away....
silentstarling Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
There is nothing better than a red dragon :happybounce: 
Panartias Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me a bit of an old D&D box cover - exept that it is done much better!
Cluesooo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
look like it would jump out of the picture. Amazing and Beautiful. Great Work, deserves a daily deviant. Your other dragons are amazing too. :) <3
completelydottysven Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very nice!!!
DELT-4 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That thing looks pretty nice, always liked dergs and this is no exception.
It got brought to my attention in a reddit comment. Speaking of which, that reddit comment also mentioned this being stolen.…

It's on their website banner and in the logo for their product, if i'm not mistaken.
Looks like they didn't only plagiarise code, but art as well
WindySilver Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! It sure looks aggressive!
Simplios-Staxios Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
lol you sure this ain't from a book?
Narciso-42 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
It almost seems like the front cover on Eragon!
mimi075 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Lol that's me when it comes to my house
joshuatree1967 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Amazing art.
Aurelia63 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Simply awesome! I've bought a print of this one for my brother in law as a bithday present. He is a great fan of this picture and so am I :-)
Lucyandplue Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
dudidraak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've seen this dragon on so much things like laptopstickers or as other stuff but i didn't know it came from deviantart
i Always liked the picture so well done
AvelosFloof Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
I saw this artwork on a puzzle in a games/hobby shop yesterday. Looks good :)
NinjaSpartan12 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Okay who woke the dragon?
Tivern Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing details!
gigi82505 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
OMG YES love Dragons, art, and creativity love it
Vv---vV Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
just awesome 
nyarlathotep57 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Excellent picture. You've managed to capture the primal essence of the dragon. Now THIS is what it's all about. Thank you.
AlexandraBowmanArt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is just AMAZING! WOWWOWWOW! (He totally reminds me of Smaug!) :D

At first glance I mistook the skull on the left for a soccer ball... whoops!
Time-dragonD Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love it :D :love:
dragynfyre18 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably one of my favorite Dragon paintings of all time. Every time I think of the most menacing and evil dragon, this one always comes to my mind. I LOVE it.
Goldenstreampaws Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woah woahhhh
Zeroicedragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
dovahkiinsonaan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
tht dragon is beautiful
DragonoSaurus-Rex Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Sweetnfluffy-adopts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this big guy staring at me from above my bed. Got it for Christmas.
Nestalia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this picture to create my first mold and cast for my props class. I didn't even think to find you here. The paint job on it is incomplete and there is so much on it I wish I could redo that it will probably never be posted on my page here.
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
This is how Smaug should have looked in the film. Not the poxy brown wyvern jackson fobbed us off with.
Does it really matter? 
AstridNicholls Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Writer
I actually own this picture! And I love it.
GreenWingSpino32 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
An image like this one appears on the Dragonslayer store at the Texas Renaissance Festival I've recognized it!! 
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