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Asiatic Majesty


An illustration based on one of my Asiatic species of dragons that roams my headworld.
This was also a huge coloring experiment in between commissions so I hope you all like.
:D Lots of experimenting went into this and I am rather pleased with the result. :D Forced
myself to use a lot of colors I don't normally
use and see what I could do with it.


  • Tools- Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended
    Wacom Intuos 5 Pro Small Tablet
  • Layers-10
  • size-2000x1200
  • Time Taken- 8hours

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WarriorNGoddess's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

I have a bit of an unfair edge here, since I watched you do some of this. Also, you startle me with your efficiency.
I love the color palate in here. The warm golds and cool blues and greens really hold him together. We are used to dragons that are red and black or grey-scale. This is colorful and bright. I love the mix of organic and inorganic shapes. Sharp and flowing. Perspective is amazing!
I feel like I'm being threatened by him. And that's excellent.
Also, kudos on the signature! I love it.
My only improvement I can offer as a critique is that it's TOO well balanced. The way he weaves in and out of the page fills the space so fully that he might as well be straight and blocky. Even though there is obvious movement, it's just not enough to make it interesting. (note, I don't mean the picture is not interesting, but the use of space isn't catching my attention.)
The floating crystals are a nice touch to his head, but they play into the flesh around them too much and end up confusing the viewer. The top one is obviously not attached to any flesh, the one on the forehead is, and the middle one... It looks as if it is embedded into the rise of his neck, and yet larger than it should be for back there.
So that's all I have for this critique. I can tell it was a labor of love and it is brilliant. Congrats, Shakespear!
Hunnypuzzle's avatar
this work is sick! Love the colours. How did you get the scales so detailed, did you use some texture package or did u actually draw them?
noctem-tenebris's avatar
Oh I actually drew them, I've tried texturing and brushes before but they never
seemed to work well as when I drew them. So I just draw them now. :D I am glad you
like them though, I am really proud of this piece. :D
Hunnypuzzle's avatar
Wow! I am so impressed, I wish I had those kinds of skills too! Need to train more :D
noctem-tenebris's avatar
Why thank you kindly, I had a lot of fun with this piece. It was a go
at playing with a classic Asian style dragon. :D  It takes some time but I found
drawing my own scales was more fun than using cheap textures. XD
DisarrianStories's avatar
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Thank you soo much :D It means a lot. hug APH Prussia tackle hug Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
DisarrianStories's avatar
You're very welcome!  
Galidor-Dragon's avatar
Love the colors!! :D
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Thankies dear friend. :D Llama Emoji-66 (Orly) [V3] Bear Emoji-08 (Rolling Love) [V1] Natsuki Shinomiya (Super hug) [V1] 
Savis-Erren's avatar
There aren't words for this Noctem, there just aren't.... what you've done here is captured the essence of beauty, mixed it with an infusion of epic, and then distilled that into a Dragon of incredible detail. Just gorgeous.... I'm just going to sit here.... and admire. =)
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Yato (Blush) [V1] Bunny Emoji-92 Shy and Kawaii [V5] Blushed Super Happy Flailing Cookie
I had a lot of fun with this experiment so I'm so happy you like it. :D It was a really fun
experiment that I feel was successful given I don't normally use these sort of colors.
So I be dancing with joy at such a lovely comment.
Savis-Erren's avatar
Then allow me to dance with you as I sit and admire! xD for this was indeed a success! :chairdance:  Though I apologize that I'm too lazy to leave my chair... and even if I did I would need dancing lessons! Dance lessons  xD
Kole87's avatar
Wow!! I say experiment successful. How in the world did this only take you 8 hours? It's beautiful. 
noctem-tenebris's avatar
Lots of pain and frustration XD lol OTL
I'm glad you like him though, I wanted to try something to play with colors I don't
use normally as I want to get better with color. :D I am honored you like him.
I really wanted to get faster with my portraits. >_>
Valentina-Remenar's avatar
What a majestic dragon that is... you picked a lovely color palette, making him look part of nature but you also made him look fierce by his expression and warmer tones... could scare enemies away :XD: I'm always surprised by amount of details which you manage to put in your work...just look at all those scales and teeth :faint: That's another great study of yours, so don't stop and keep 'em coming Them eyebrows 
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Thankies soo much dear friend that means a lot to me. I did a lot of finagling with this as
I really wanted to experiment with colors I don't often use. I'm so happy it worked out so
I'm glad he's been well received. :D
And yessssh must have scales and teef X3 I'm glad you like him though, must do more studies.
:D and thus more cool shiz. :D
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Thankies soo much :D
Vannjaren's avatar
Absolutely magnificent design and detailing - wonderful colours and composition! :clap: Love the feeling of power this dragon gives off, don't often see that kind of fierceness in depictions of Eastern type dragons, but I love it here! :love:
noctem-tenebris's avatar
I've always envisioned Asian and Asiatic styled dragons to bare a sense of power and
regality to them much like their western and European counterparts. Often in legend they were
depicted with intelligence and power and nobility and I wanted that to show within my interpretation.
I love the concept of them and wanted to give it my own personal touch, so I am glad you like it.
That means a lot to me. :D
Vannjaren's avatar
Ah, same here - which is why I love your depiction so much. <3 I see both Eastern and Western dragons as impressive/majestic, even if in different ways - so it's nice to see an Eastie actually drawn like that. A lot of depictions of them are simply too cutesy for me - whilst there's nothing wrong with the odd cute-ish dragon, I dislike how it's so rare to see Eastern dragons portrayed otherwise, so I love this - and you're very welcome! :highfive:
noctem-tenebris's avatar

I agree entirely, I always viewed mine to be that in a sense. Regal, powerful, majestic,
all within their distinct interpretations. So I view this as success :D I'm super happy you
like it though, that made my day. X3 hug APH Prussia tackle hug Let me hug you! 
Vannjaren's avatar
Exactly - and aww, no problem at all, I really enjoyed seeing your depiction! <3
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