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And here we have it! Finished! Xolo the Storm, harbinger of badassery and he who walks hand-in-hand with death!

edit again; Because I'm pissed at myself for forgetting my tablet pen and won't be able to finish this today, here's a WIP. You can see a bit how I paint digitally. I also got some fancy new brushes that have been awesome to use. Plus, CS5 is pretty awesome and the changes that were made to the brush settings thing are awesome.

edit; And here we have the completed lineart! I will be coloring this tonight, I think. Just to relax from some recent annoyances and frustrations in my life. ;D You can check out my Livestream, [link] if you would like to watch the process! /edit

Mmm. Started working on this yesterday during school as a sketch. I ended up scanning it when I got home and threw some wings on him before inking it up to this point. I also took the sketch version with me to quiz night at a pub and fancied it up a bit, though it's lacking the wings (because there is no room on the paper and I did not wish to scrunch them up). This is a WIP kind of, I want to finish it, but don't know when I'll be able to dedicate the time to it.

Anyway! This is a revamp of a character of mine, Xolo, and while he is NOT a dragon anthropomorph or any kind of dragon at all in his world of origin, you could still probably call him one anyway. I rather like this design a lot and may apply it to an even OLDER character of mine back from when I was in sixth grade, which has already gone through numerous redesigns (one of which can be found in my dA gallery, if you're curious).

As for his anatomy... well, he's got huge wings to balance with his heavily-muscled frame and they are similar to those of an albatross. They have locking tendons in the 'shoulders' so that flight takes little to no effort muscle-wise, resulting in his ability to soar great distances. The long, slenderness of the wings allow for deft maneuvering despite his bulk and he can dive at respectably fast speeds. Xolo is also somewhat barrel-chested and has a very broad back with wide ribs and his vertebrae have longer, specialized transverse processes onto which attach some of his flight muscles (which are mainly used for take-off and landing, but are also used during acts of agility when in flight). Because of this, however, he isn't as flexible along his spine during full flight and tends to take on a somewhat rigid posture.

Hurrr. I need to do a back view of his wings once I get this one all done... and perhaps I put too much time into things like this. Derp.

I also find it funny that I put so much thought into anatomy like that when he is a magical creature and can harness the element of lightning. Heeeeeee.
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ShinaWorld Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Toothless in godform. :D 
Awesome btw. ;)
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SchmiedeTraum Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016
Wow ;-)
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Kingdionysus81 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Awesome
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ty!
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Gildawraith Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOw :O
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Looks awesome :)
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JMeecH Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a B.A.M.F! I like how you showed that the lightening is one of the light sources to the light shining off of him, makes him look a lot beastier haha Great job:clap:
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JMeecH Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats a B.A.M.F! I like how you showed that the lightening is one of the light sources to the light shining off of him, makes him look a lot beastier haha Great job:clap:
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Brolken Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Cool Face ;)
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RedTearRiding Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how his wing folds there... but he's very scary :iconscaredplz:
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WildeHearted Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Holy crap. -runs and hides in scaredness-
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AsatrArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Badass!
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BookwormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Dude you don't in a dark anything.
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lolbrb Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
medevil Batman...The Dark Night lol:popcorn:
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Krystal447 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
He looks like he could punch a hole in someone xD I like how you did the background..and the lighting is awesome...Astounding job :)
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AmarineCraft Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FANTASTIC REALLY!!
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Dragmackle Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
this picture rocks epically. it was so awesome that when i looked at it my hair caught fire.
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:iconogrebear:
ogrebear Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so detailed and cool!
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Bad ass
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ChaosReaver96 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
great details
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:iconazuris:
Azuris Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So damn epic! :love:
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MindlessWolf Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Wow, the wings are just stunning!! Really love the character design as well ^^ very thought out, which is always nice to see even in fantasy characters
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Tempakua Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I stumbled on this and I was expecting a higher amount of view's, your work is very well done. I love it!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cloudskimmer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Putting a lot of thought in to anatomy *before* adding magic almost invariably produces more interesting creatures than doing otherwise, so good job, I guess. Still, putting some thought into clothing as well wouldn't hurt as I still can't figure out how is the loincloth supposed to be attached - the wing membrane is in the way. :P

Looks quite awesome, as usual (although personally I prefer dragons) - love the wings and light given off by the mini-lightnings arcing around his forearms.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I did put thought into the clothing, for your information. It's a metal bar that's padded on the back, rigid so that it clings to his hips instead of being a rope or a belt that gets tied the whole way around. It just seems really rude and accusatory stating it the way you did up there.

A quote from the bio I wrote for him:
"The only physical adornments that Xolo is apt to wear are two metallic rings which fit snugly above his wrists and a medium-length, rectangular decorated cloth which covers his crotch (though he is by no means ashamed or bashful) and hangs on a special belt-type device of fur-padded metal which clings comfortably to his hips but does not puncture his wing-membranes, which stretch to the base of his tail."
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cloudskimmer Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Why? I commended the extra thought given to anatomy as well as the awesome wings.

Thanks for clarification BTW.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I realize, but it just seemed kind of disdainful, like "Well, good job here, but it's stupid because you didn't put thought on this." *shrug*
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cloudskimmer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Well, admittedly it might be because I spend a lot of time in rather flame-heavy environment encouraging a somewhat smartass style, or it might be the language barrier.
It is also not uncommon for someone to overlook something obvious because of being concentrated on something else, so I sort of assumed that.

Again, no offence intended, and it simply seemed kind of jarring without explanation.

Would love to see a dragon with this kind of attention to detail (not implying that your dragons lack detail, obviously and to stay on the safe side).
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol. okay.
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Flightfeathers Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So Dramatic!
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
This is quite an impressive and catching design you have! O.O
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Mondschmied Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Certainly the best piece of art you have done so far, I must say!

He's such a studmuffin <3
I really hope you'll get the chance to play him!
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kokon-rain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
I think he might be able to kick Chuck Norris' ass!
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Iaculi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I CANNOT +FAV THIS ENOUGH.
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BlueRavenfire Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hurray! you finished it! looks amazing! :)
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ladydragoncharmer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Anthro Dragons are one of my most secret kinds of dragons that I wish I could draw. This is just flat-out amazing! I love the colors, the setting and the mood of the image which I think is: "Hell hath no fury like an angry storm dragon."
I love this and as always, I adore your wing arts. They are always so amazing.
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Wings are one of those things that I work REALLY hard on to make them believable and unique, so I'm glad people appreciate it!
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ladydragoncharmer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
Your efforts are most definitely noticed and appreciated :3 Keep on drawing stunning wings :D
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tamiveldura Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has been so awesome to see this progress from sketch to finished work! I'd love to see more progressions like this one.
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meihua Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
This is amazing! I love the highlights :)
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cudo215 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how this one turned out!! I wouldn't want to be in his way ever, for sure.
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OnyxDragonArts Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
oooooooooooooowwwww amazing as always. Please keep up the outstanding work and stop tempting me with CS5!!
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Colonel-Cupcake Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!!!
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
You're definitely one of the best wing artists on DA.
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BlueRavenfire Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
amazing pic! :)
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Blood-of-the-Beast Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HEE LOOK AT HIM. HE'S BEAUTIFUL. Sexaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.
I do believe I have fallen in love with those clouds. I need to learn how to make custom brushes/brush edits in Painter D:
~<3 *fav*
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starsweptdreams Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Sexy face, sexy feet, sexy wings, sexy colors, sexy manmuscles, sexy sexy sexy!
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KaiserFlames Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lolmanmuscles.
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starsweptdreams Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Yesss. 8D
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