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Dragons Lair
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Published: October 20, 2009
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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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SoundwaveCheese777Hobbyist General Artist
I see this a lot on Google.
And this dragon reminds me of both Smaug and Alduin and I don't know why.
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LSSJOrangeLightningHobbyist Digital Artist
I think everyone has seen this image SOMEWHERE. And there's good reason for it. ;)
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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...   
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Very dramatic. Coloring is magnificent. Super great piece!
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ZephrZoltHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wat are yeww lookin at boi?

DoNT MAek mIi cOme in THeRE Or Ill TakE All YoUr BLOodEh GOlD!
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MiniDragonflyHobbyist 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.
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Awesome! I just love your dragons. You are an extremely talented artist😀
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ClayTonneHobbyist 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 
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CivillyBarbaricHobbyist Traditional Artist
Slifer the sky dragon
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Narutopowers88Hobbyist Artist
Yes I'm entering the dragon's lair and giving him a hug even if it means turing into ash lol.
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You are drawing great dragons! :D Take my watch! ;)
Rekrovoire's avatar
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's avatar
love the detail on your work its all so amazing
ShiningDragon79's avatar
I love this picture. Bought it as a poster. Now it's just exact above the television. :D
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esraolkunHobbyist Traditional Artist
very good work!.. :) (Smile) 
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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
ofcourse

please let me know
Mark
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This is one of my all time favorite dragon pieces.  Well done capturing the classic dragon feel.
stmeredith's avatar
May I use the image of the dragon on a pen if I give you credit?
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Hello,

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 abdulmajid.faraji@gmail.com
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Time to run away....
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There is nothing better than a red dragon :happybounce: 
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PanartiasHobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me a bit of an old D&D box cover - exept that it is done much better!
Cluesooo's avatar
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
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