Warning: A Storm of SPOILERS below!!
From A Storm of Swords
, by George R. R. Martin:
You are in difficulty, she observed.
He will not come, Kraznys said.
There is a reason. A dragon is no slave. And Dany swept the lash down as hard as she could across the slavers face. Kraznys screamed and staggered back, the blood running red down his cheeks into his perfumed beard. The harpys fingers had torn his features half to pieces with one slash, but she did not pause to contemplate the ruin.
Drogon, she sang out loudly, sweetly, all her fear forgotten. Dracarys.
The black dragon spread his wings and roared. A lance of swirling dark flame took Kraznys full in the face. His eyes melted and ran down his cheeks, and the oil in his hair and beard burst so fiercely into fire that for an instant the slaver wore a burning crown twice as tall as his head. The sudden stench of charred meat overwhelmed even his perfume, and his wail seemed to drown all other sound.
Then the Plaza of Punishment blew apart into blood and chaos.
The Good Masters were shrieking, stumbling, shoving one another aside and tripping over the fringes of their tokars in their haste. Drogon flew almost lazily at Kraznys, black wings beating. As he gave the slaver another taste of fire, Irri and Jhiqui unchained Viserion and Rhaegal, and suddenly there were three dragons in the air.
When Dany turned to look, a third of Astapors proud demon-horned warriors were fighting to stay atop their terrified mounts, and another third were fleeing in a bright blaze of shiny copper. One man kept his saddle long enough to draw a sword, but Jhogos whip coiled about his neck and cut off his shout. Another lost a hand to Rakharos arakh and rode off reeling and spurting blood. Aggo sat calmly notching arrows to his bowstring and sending them at tokars. Silver, gold, or plain, he cared nothing for the fringe. Strong Belwas had his arakh out as well, and he spun it as he charged.
Spears! Dany heard one Astapori shout. It was Grazdan, old Grazdan in his tokar heavy with pearls. Unsul-lied! Defend us, stop them, defend your masters! Spears! Swords!
When Aggo put an arrow through his mouth, the slaves holding his sedan chair broke and ran, dumping him unceremoniously on the ground. The old man crawled to the first rank of eunuchs, his blood pooling on the bricks.
The Unsullied did not so much as look down to watch him die. Rank on rank on rank, they stood. And did not move. The gods have heard my prayer.
Unsullied! Dany galloped before them, her silver-gold braid flying behind her, her bell chiming with every stride. Slay the Good Masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who wears a tokar or holds a whip, but harm no child under twelve, and strike the chains off every slave you see. She raised the harpys fingers in the air
and then she flung the scourge aside.
Freedom! she sang out. Dracarys! Dracarys!
Dracarys! they shouted back, the sweetest word shed ever heard. Dracarys! Dracarys! And all around them slavers ran and sobbed and begged and died, and the dusty air was filled with spears and fire. Artist Commentary
Biggest. Painting. I've. Ever. Done.
I worked on this regularly from late June to late October 2009. Rather than work on a bunch of smaller paintings all summer, I decided to make one huge painting instead. I loved working on this I learned a lot about creating a scene with background, characters, and action.
Created in Photoshop over who knows how many hours!
Progression and commentary on this piece here: [link]
WIPs also posted regularly on my art blog at: [link]