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Dragon Poachers by JonasDeRo Dragon Poachers by JonasDeRo
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Illustration done for a personal fantasy project.

In this world, dragons don't mindlessly burn down villages and terrorize humans.
Even though numerous people died in the past encountering these mighty beasts, most attacks were not unprovoked... Dragons actively hunting humans for food was a rare sight.

As years passed and people improved their weapons, tools and means of defending their towns and cities, encounters between the two became less and less frequent. Before long dragons were barely a threat to human communities. Instead, they increasingly became an actively hunted species forcing them to retreat into wild and remote areas. Still their numbers dwindled rapidly.

When dragons became a rarity and were thought to go extinct, laws were enacted to protect these majestic creatures and hunting became a punishable crime. However, this also caused dragon body parts to become highly valuable.

Here we see a group of poachers who have hunted down a dragon and its two pups, luring them with a massive fire beacon.
The dragons are killed and then harvested for body parts to be sold in illegal trade and on black markets.
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MisterPain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
duuude how many hours did it take
WerecatqueenNic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Oh no...poor dragons...fuck poachers to the underwhere and back 
Mragnemalm Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018
Is it just me, or is the guy on the left holding an Armorslayer from Fire Emblem?
infinite9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
Cool illustration. While I oppose poaching, I will say "woe to the vanquished."
ToreaLuxuti Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
well pretty acurate description of humans acts
DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
this looks amazing, and the concept is quite interesting!
Nog6 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
The illustration is wonderful, and the project seems really interesting...
Mesmermei Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What are they doing?! Poor dragons ;(

Looks amazing btw :)
Ruffu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no! The little dragon dude. He did nothing wrong (yet anyway...)!
DaniCopic Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
commanderjonas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This is one of the most EPIC works of art related to dragons I have seen for a long LONG time.

The attention to detail, the lighting, the scenery. It all just perfectly blend together. Good work :D:D
Darkzterroid Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love the lighting and perspective. If I ever were to use a reference for painting, then this would be it. 
BoxSucksAtDrawing Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
redwolfradolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
Yeah, that seems like what would realistically happen if dragons were normal animals.  Of course, in some fantasy worlds, they're actually intelligent, evil creatures.
Shanglon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
Amazing, wonderful, powerful, sad and incredibly detailed. This Artworks makes me sad because i love dragons and i despise poachers with a burning passion but you did a great job at making a powerful Artwork. I just love the details of scales, the shading, the highlights, the use of warm colours that well show the tragic nature of this event. I applause you :clap:
serkanturk1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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furious88x Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
love but the backstory
DavidR1958 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
Brilliant, powerful, brutal and effective work. Stunning!
kvacm Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Woho, this is brutal mate! This is like scene from some mega super movie! These details, that feel, oh my fu... god. It's awesome work!!Oops! La la la la 
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AlanNights2013 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of Lore-Stories from Monster Hunter World. :D
YumenoSaiko Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
intense! Kind of feel bad for the dragon...
Amazing work!
Aseika Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the fate of all dragons to be hunted by man who saught to dominate and own its power and armor. 
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This kind of sums up Monster Hunter's lack of appeal to me. CLEARLY the better, more compelling story is on the monsters' side!
Lady-Stesonora Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
Nooo! Poor dragons! They don’t deserve this! But that erupting volcano in the background is really cool. The way you’ve illustrated the lava spreading on the ground is brilliant! 
sheperdsfireworks Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Time those flying iguanas got what's coming to them.
Drokal Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2017
fuck you cunt
sheperdsfireworks Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
Well that's quite a response.
BILLCIPHER2000 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Student Artist
NOOOO poor dragon i love dragons :(
Monhanov Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Great piece, and really interesting back story. 
ErmacMKratos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Poor creatures, but nice details on this art and dont get attention to certains persons who dont know the word "Fantasy"
TheUnusualGoth Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The use of black and reds in this is geinus
ScarletKnightReterns Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Student General Artist
I feel sorry for them poor dragons. Even though they look evil. Poor poor proud beasts.
ToyFoxyFangirl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LaFanLocaDelDibujo Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Monsters, and i´m not referring to dragons... Even in fiction, poachers are shit.
Great art, really embodies the suffering of these poor creatures. And the piece of shit they are the poachers.
draconic-chronicler Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Nicely drawn and painted, but is anyone over the age of seven supposed to believe a few tiny humans with simple medieval weapons would be able to kill a gigantic flying dragon like that?  Do you understand how thick the hide of scales would  be, and the force it would take to pierce them?  Do you know  musket balls often bounce of the backs of crocodilians rather than pierce their skin?   This is the reason the 'mainstream' world continues to make fun of the fantasy genre - for even the talented writers and artists apparently have no conception of real human (and animal) capabilities, and continue to churn out ridiculous, fairy tale, 'dragon slayer nonsense' only a small child might take seriously.  Scientists inform us that early man  could not even survive in a world inhabited by walnut brained theropod dinosaurs  a fraction of the size of your dragon.  If you understood things like human dependence on agriculture and domesticated animals, you would realize that a even single 'enraged' dragon of the size you illustrate could create a famine that would wipe out an entire continent  of iron age tech. humans with near total impunity to retaliation, and makes your little backstory utterly laughable.  Far from being 'poached' such creatures would either be mankind's gods, or their destroyers.   What a waste of great artistic talent, but thanks for sharing your work here.   
sheperdsfireworks Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Well that sure was interesting.
Tobzor616 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
you really are a sad person
Jonathan279 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, you're a real douchebag
Tuuc Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
For someone interested in realism and accuracy, you sure love the idea of "gigantic *flying* dragons". Given you apply the traits of crocodilians to give us an idea of how well-protected dragons are, I shall apply their traits as well: Saltwater crocodiles are on average about five metres in length and weigh around half a ton. Extrapolating from there, the dragon pictured in this drawing - both longer and thicker a crocodile - would probably be in the range of several tons to even a few dozen tons, but the exact numbers don't matter.

Let's compare that to the heaviest flying animals (in history, because the heaviest living flying animals extremely rarely exceed 20 kilograms): Argentavis magnificens, the heaviest flying bird, had a wingspan of about seven metres but weighed merely 70 kilograms. One of the largest pterosaurs, Quetzalcoatlus northropi, had a wingspan of about twelve metres and weighed somewhere around 200 kilograms. Despite a seemingly massive wingspan and low weight, some researchers claim the quetzalcoatlus only used brief bursts of powered flight until it could take advantage of thermal soaring (using rising air currents to sustain flight) because its powered flight would not be efficient enough to support prolonged flight.

Dragons, if real, would have been much more like armored mammoths than fast violent creatures capable of "wiping out an entire continent". For example, the Tyrannosaurus rex was a predator of several tons in weight, but its unusually quick method of movement was not comparable to that of the dragon's, and it was much more lightly built than a dragon with a "thick hide of scales". Although clearly a force to be reckoned with, the dragon would be vulnerable to the mobility and teamwork of humans who would be able to tire the creature out (just like we did with the mammoths), especially if it was weakened with a few well-placed ballista shots during the initial ambush and distracted by its instinct to protect its young.
Jago-The-Monk Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
EEdwardNigma Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Are you serious? You say he wastes his amazing artistic ability...because he drew dragons getting their shit wrecked?

Could you be any more of a cunt?
Red-Lazerus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
Someone's butthurt
DaneRavienus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
Shut the hell up. Man, people like you are a complete buzz kill.
RaduMika Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Yes, that's why it's calked 'Fantasy' and not 'real life'
Arkkimonni Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
You're taking it too seriously, since every fantasy world has different kind of dragons in them. Some turn to humans, other don't. Some dragons speak and are highly intelligent, while other dragons are just beasts.
Prometheus1252 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Would it be ok if I used your picture to illustrate a short story about a dragon my father wrote? I'm planning on making an album with his story and a few pictures to give him for his 80th birthday. Your painting is very cool and would fit perfectly. It would be for personal use only. Thanks!
KunYKA Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
poor reptiles:(
TheEdgyPupper Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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