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The Story Glass

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Published: June 20, 2012
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This is available for sale as an 8.5" x 11" art print or a beautiful 18" x 24" art print from our online store!

I've been fascinated by the big rose windows in cathedrals for ages, and thought I'd try my hand at a fantasy one... digitally, of course. I don't quite have the skill set to do this as an actual stained glass piece!

I tried to limit the color palette, to give the whole image a more unified look. Most of the old traditional stained glass windows seem to be quite heavy on the reds and yellows, so I steered away from those and focused more on the blues, purples, and greens, with hints of warmer colors. And figuring out how to make a black dragon look like glass was... interesting, to say the least!

This is related to an elven creation myth, and creatures which are in some way special to their culture.

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Hi Sarrah!  I just wanted to let you know that I've featured your work in a post called Dragons in Stained Glass by Various Artists on my dragon artwork blog (with proper attribution and links back, of course).  I love this piece, and it was the perfect image to lead off the post!  You can find me at Writing Dragons, and this feature here.  Keep up the great work!
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Beautiful work! I love all the detail and texture you put into this. Very striking. Always nice to run into another stained glass admirer! *high fives*
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
*high fives* Thank you. :)
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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DannDacryalreccaStudent Traditional Artist
I can not believe the amount of detail this thing has!! I must buy this now. This inspires me way too much with all the details. I love it!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! This was a lot of fun to draw and color.
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What a wonderful art piece!!! You talant is so incredible, you never cease to amaze me with everything you do. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Ah-hah! You made it on here. Now I just have to get you to post your work online. :hug:
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Dark-CharmeleonHobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much. The dragon's my favorite part, but it's all awesome.

Oh, and the reason a lot of stained glass in old cathedrals and such are often reds and blues is to create a magical purple light effect when the sunlight filters in. Didn't take much to amaze people back in the day, but it still amazes me to this day. Glass is awesome. :D
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
That makes sense! I thought it might have to do with the colored pigments available at the time, but I wasn't sure. The play of light from a stained glass window, especially a big one, is just incredible!
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xKafixHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I like how you didn't put it through a filter to make it look like it's stained glass. I'm jealous of your patience!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
The inline photoshop filter really doesn't look anything like stained glass anyway... and this way was much more fun. :D Glad you like it!
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KreepingSpawnProfessional Digital Artist
Splendid. :) I'm really enjoying all the shades of 'black'. Lot's going on here, wonderful colors.
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! The colors were very enjoyable to play around with.
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oooOOOooo
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
:thanks:
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Lollirot138Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, this is simply amazing! I really admire all the detail and precision you've put in this! I wish i had the skill and patience to do something alike!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
It was a labor of love, something I'd been wanting to try for a while, but only now felt like I could do it right. Stained glass pieces are so interesting!
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1DragonLover4EverHobbyist General Artist
.......... :O_o: Absolutely STUNNING! :+favlove:
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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1DragonLover4EverHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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