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In the Skies, Red Dragon {Contest Entry}

Y Ddraig Goch

My submission for a contest hosted by BabanIllustration, in which the theme is drawing an interpretation of the Welsh dragon.
Kept the background less detailed since I wanted to put more time into rendering the dragon itself.
He's a scrappy little dude that's smaller than some other dragons, but he makes up for it with persistence. I've seen plenty of very large, bulky dragon builds so I wanted to do something a bit different, also bending a few anatomy rules since I's a dragon. And he breathes fire out the sides when he wants to make himself look big and scary! Yes, the eyes are two different colors, like a weird cat.

I covered up the face a bit with the fire so here's what his spikes look like:

Updated to add the lovely source I referenced for the background: Photography by Tomasz Janicki
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Shadonut's avatar

Bro this looks incredible!! I really love your use of texture and shading!! That fire effect is really cool. Good luck!

monstoon's avatar

thank you!! this was the longest I've spent rendering something with scales, it was kinda relaxing.

lifeisaeggdragon's avatar

lol this is wonderful!

SerostheDragon's avatar
This is gorgeous! :D