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Water dragon by Ironshod Water dragon by Ironshod
I've been wanting to paint a water dragon for ages! I also have an idea for a giant one swimming underwater, but that'll have to wait for now.

What do you think is the story behind this image? It just sort of happened and doesn't have one, but I feel that it should. If any of the writers amongst you would like to suggest an idea it would be really interesting to hear what you come up with. Or if anyone has a better name than "water dragon" please let me know - I am afraid I am pretty useless at thinking of names for my paintings! ;)

This was a commission, but the client just requested a female character in water with a fantasy theme, and you know me, any excuse to paint a dragon :giggle:

Hope you like it :)
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silverdusk554 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017
This water elf found a young injured water dragon and is picking it up from the water and is going to heal it! 
noxidlime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i found this pic on google images years ago and downloaded it. now i found the awesome owner!!
Margilena Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this 😍🖒
SunlessNick Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
You don't need an excuse to paint a dragon - being bloody amazing at painting dragons is a pretty good *reason* :).

I can't offer a better name than Water Dragon, but in my headcanon for the picture, the girl is half-dragon herself, and the two are sisters.
hanakage Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this
IronSkye Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
 Caught red handed.  Guilty!

The woman has been looking for her misbehaving, disobedient, naughty little pet and finally caught him after hours of search. Her pet, a youngster just adopted last week, has not responded well at all to any of her efforts to train.  Sometimes, actually more often than not, she really wonders if her precious new companion really thinks it is all just serious good fun to traumatize the entire household!  But hey, that's ok I guess, because she can not find it within herself to scold or punish him for his errant ways.  She picks him up, trying to portray some kind of an authoritarian presence, looks at his guilty face and smiles.   Behold the cuteness!  Oh well, tomorrow is another day. . . . . . .


You really have a remarkable talent!  I have never before been able to sense emotion from an illustrated character that seems so very real.  It is not forced, overdone, or even all that obvious.  It is just there.  There within all the many little things that show this.  Little things such as the facial expressions of both characters, hers an indecisive blank not knowing whether to scold and punish or to simply behold the dragon's cuteness and give him a hug,  the dragon looking as if caught red handed at something forbidden, knuckles tense, tail curled, horns laid back awaiting a possible scolding, and neither one of them even seem to notice there just might be a bit of a water problem . . . . .

I carve glass, mostly table tops.  The next time I do a large panel I hope it will be a dragon.

Iron Skye
Gabett Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
Perfect! Beautiful!
xandraclay Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Clap A beautiful piece! How about an elf princess rescuing a baby dragon from a water filled dungeon.
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
A Stunning Masterpiece! WOW! EPIC!
tea-and-booty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I have this on a mug
CloudWhisp29 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think a good name for a water dragon is Gill. I got that from Wings of Fire, Tsunamis dad a Seawing.
CloudWhisp29 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love dragon and I love this picture
Karissa-Salton Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
hey I don't know if they have permission to sell this, but the pyramid collection is selling a clock version of this
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Alraunax Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
I bought t-shirt with this water dragonâ˜ș i real like it. Good job .
Quetzal-Queen Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I love this artwork, I even have a dreamcatcher with Water Dragon on it! :) How about An Aquatic Friendship for a more creative name?
DragonsLoveKittens Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They had been looking for one another for a very long time. When they finally found each other, they could not help but to gaze longingly into each other's eyes. They looked different now, but that didn't matter. A bond as deep as theirs recognized each other by their souls not their forms.
In this lifetime they had traded positions. She no longer had to be the subservient one, though she still felt somehow that he would end up with the most power.
In the end those thoughts were fleeting. A slow hiss reminded them of their original purpose. She paused only a moment longer than he did. But it was that moment that sealed their fate. That one second of hesitation that determined they would have to find each other once again in another life...
DarkStalker247 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Beautiful work!
skyworthy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
UmberGrace Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015
I love this! it's amazing!!!
Tenshi-XIII Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my.. i have this picture of my Clock! :la:
ShalimarsSong Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the word "Enraptured". Now who is the one enraptured? He (dragon), seems enthralled with her. While she is looking at him with a sort of loving motherly look. Just my thoughts. I really love this! Truly beautiful work!
Bazzkorg Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I concur with your statement
DayDreamer-JJ Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture! Such a cute blue dragon!
alondra-raphfan12 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow your art is so i love this
ashanalian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
This one is my absolute favourite! I still have my pull-out poster from last years calendar. There so many story ideas sitting behind this image! Mostly I think about the irony of a typically fire-based fantasy creature being instead a water creature.
dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no words to describe this epic painting! 
Carolan-McElwee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my all time favourite of your pieces. It's amazing, maybe the story to it is that this woman was longing for a child so she goes to some ancient temple and there is a pool that can grant you any wish but comes with a cost. So she asks for a child but got a child dragon, instead of hating it she loves it even more because of the beauty it has....??? Lol, may not be the best but a fun idea i just had. <3
YoagilIzneal Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Hey, do you sell your works? Cause I saw something similar at a flee market. Bought one of them to. :)
sira-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
i have this on my jewel  chest
Russa55 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014[4]=4#ph……

This author gives Your art for your. And receives a reward. Note on copyright
DefiantDeviantX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Wow Thats amazing! Beautiful
Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this picture!
It is simply adorable for every fantasy fan :D
I suggested this to :iconthefavouriteshowcase: - we have the theme Water in July :) ;) - I hope you enjoy the extra exposure!
Azcazach Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The girl there is an elf who went on a perilous journey to save the last few remaining water dragons in the kingdom. When all else fails and the evil sorcerer whose wish is to destroy all dragons seems to succeed, the elf found the last remaining water dragon of its kind.
paulinejc Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
First thing that popped into my mind: The girl is a young elf princess in a kingdom near the ocean, heir to the throne, and her family was slaughtered by water dragons. She was away at the time but when she got back months later, she found the castle in ruins. She also found a dragon egg left behind. The dragon egg hatched and she became the first in a very long time to "befriend" a dragon and bond with it - thus creating a dragon shaped mark on her arm, enhancing her powers and making her hunted by many. The mother of the dragon also came back looking for the egg but found out it was gone, and she realized the elf princess took the baby dragon. Then the hunt begins.
Blumenzauber Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Super schönes Bild 
DemonicGirl99 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really,really like this picture!
And it really should have a story behind it. :)
Yilleo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful!
I would enjoy composing a story about it. :)
lord-of-the-shadows1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
utterly beautiful amazing work
mythlover20 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh, my goodness. This is a most beautiful piece, but... um... did you sell this picture to other people? Because my living room clock has this picture on it, and it has no copyright details on it. :(
TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lu-Liu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This looks amazing! :0 I think the title you gave it works perfectly.

There are so many stories that could go along with this painting. She looks a bit like a priestess in a fantasy-type setting. So, maybe she was one of the handmaidens to an old, powerful dragon. However, that one eventually died, but not before crying a single tear (what she's standing in). From that tear, a new dragon was born.
JoannaTheWizard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
poplus123 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Love it! What else can I say.
moonman86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
she is beautiful i have a copy of this piece on display in my house thats how enchanting it is 
AlagaesiaFan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

I personally love this so much that when I saw it in a store, I had to get it!


I've always thought the story behind it was that the kingdoms were in danger and an Elven royal heard a rumor that their salvation was to be found in an underground cavern filled with water that used to be a temple. When she waded into the water, she saw something shining through and reached down for it to reveal a baby dragon! Of course she was surprised, but the dragon looks kinda smug like it's saying "that's right, I'm your salvation. Deal with it."

So a title would kind of be Surprise Savior... Watery Savior... Or something along those lines.  

Creaturesformybook Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

I was considering asking you if I could use this picture for my first book I'm writing. If I was able too I would write something like this:


A young water dragon made his way to the shore badly injured..... Shira showed the queen the dragon "Can you help him?" She asked. The queen of the Elves took up the young water dragon and walked toward the lake. The other elves gathered around in fascination wondering what she would do. She walked out into the lake nearly waste deep. With soft words she whispered in the Elven language. She whispered so soft that no one could hear what she said..... Suddenly the blue dragon burst from the water ten times his original size! 

There is a lot more I added to it but I don't want to spoil it and I don't want anyone to steal my ideas so this is just a taste and I took some parts out to keep my ideas hidden. Let me know what you think. Thanks :)

Ironshod- I can send you the rest privately if you want to see the rest. Let me know :)
blueMALOU Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lionking97 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student
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rainchickk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I love your little dragon pets .They are so cute.I want one so bad The story I felt was it was not a water dragon.She is trying to give her pet a bath
.He is is a stubborn mood so she is coaxing him to be a good boy
murhaaja Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I love this dragon <3
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