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The Dragon Bard by raerae The Dragon Bard by raerae
His scales glitter like sunlight on water, and he travels from city to city on his own, for none can withstand his enchanting music.
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Paralell-dragonhuman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Atticus-Runemaster Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I love this picture. I really do.

I also find bards to be amazing characters. Wandering the land for as far as they can go, learning of the world around them, always at home and welcomed by everyone.

As for Fantasy Bards, I see them as fighting smarter, not harder.

I recently started playing D&D and I picked the Bard without a second thought. They may say that Bards are underpowered, but I have yet to regret my decision. In fact, I'm lasting longer than our party's Sorcerer. I had to save him twice with my healing spells. I'm not one for singing, but I'm a pretty decent writer. In fact, I've been keeping rather accurate logs about our party's adventures so far.

I'm actually thinking about writing some stories involving my Bard. One thing I know for sure--and I decided on this before I saw this pic--his teacher of the bardic ways is going to be a shapeshifted Gold Dragon who will up and leave him the moment he thinks he's properly trained... or whenever they need to pay the food bill.

Once again, great picture.
TheCatlady Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Ah. Bards are <3. I really like this. Very original.
raerae Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:

And yes, Bards are awesome.
renluva Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
i saw alot of ur work already but i must say i particularly like this one i don't have an eye for detail so i can't put my finger on what draws my eye
ChristineXMayfair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Wow.Looking at this makes me want to hear more about him.Like to write a story or something.
bobmufin52 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Writer
Dude, this rocks! I love this pic.
aXien Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Oh man this is incredible. It really evokes a strong feeling. :)
itainohime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Bards always make me weak in the knees. This one in particular. :drool: Art this good makes me wish I knew more about art, so I could leave the sort of long, thoughtful comment it deserves.
raerae Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
:giggle: Bards are one of my favorite classes. They're really underrated.
itainohime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
It seems to be related to the idea that knowing music and history is elitist. Plus, most bards in mainstream stories tend to be foppish wimps. Which is completely unfair to a rogue-class character. D:< This bard, on the other hand--I get the feeling that no one would have the guts to underrate him. In addition to the wings and the tail (and the fangs and claws that probably go with them), he's ripped like Jesus. Not someone to mess with.

(Side note on bard'dom: have you seen "The Heroic Legend of Arislan"? Not only is the animation gorgeous, but Gieve is one of the coolest bards, ever.)
raerae Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
Another thing is that the power of charisma and respect(as bards in ancient times had), is often very overlooked by people. In ALL of Europe, bards were treated with the same respect accorded to a king. They were celebrities, but with the power of law and tradition behind them.

In fantasy, add the power of magic to influence someone even more, you should have a hell of a powerful character.

Heroic Legend of Arislan was awesome. One of the first animes I've ever seen(I have volume two of the manga in Chinese).
itainohime Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Exactly. I remember being fascinated with bards and troubadors when I was learning about European history, for the very reasons you're giving. And the combo of such prestige and magical abilities should yield a character more than capable of holding his own--certainly he'd be a lot more versatile and complex than the average melee-fighter.

Could you be any more awesome? :excited: Usually, I have to trick people into watching Arislan, because they are under the mistaken impression that any anime made before 2000 is of poor quality.
raerae Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
If I ever make a video game or something, you can be sure the bardic class will be AWESOME for once. :salute:

:lol: I like alot of old anime, like Record of the Lodoss War, Twin Signal, etc.

I want to watch Arislan again now. It's been years.
itainohime Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
I'll remember you said that. :lol:

That's because older anime is fantastic. Granted, it's not as plasticine and shiny as the newer stuff, but most of it more than makes up for it in plotlines.
Tagath Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great pic, and the colors are awesome!
SasukePotterMonster Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
Wow, I need help to draw like that. -.-'' :helpdesk:
Btw, I might say while I'm here, YOUR ART IS AMAZING!!! When i see art i like, I look through the artists gallery, so I've seen a good amount of yours.
gazelle Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
I love the color you did him, that blue if fabulous.
He looks better this way than the sketch I think, which is odd, because i am a big fan of sketch art.
Wonder who he is serenading?
WritingRin Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
What's he sing about? I guess he'd know a lot better stories about dragons than a human bard anyway. xD
raerae Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
:giggle: Maybe he's singing about dragon heros killing knights?
WritingRin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
lol, maybe so!
sanely-insane Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, wow, talk about a gorgous peice of work.

Deepinator Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
Very Nice! i like the Lute the most.
Kinetijitsu Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
Okay, the sketch of this was awesome, but the finished version radiates brilliance! It's just so well done, and it's not like you see this sort of thing very often. Definitely original, and definitely well done.
morgymmmyess Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
The colored version is even more amazing than the lineart :O I absolutely love how you did his wings <3
Pentesilea Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
nice, very nice... It's so peaceful and soft... Can I take him home?
Usoji Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
I love this pic! Omg, it is so cool. I have to favorite it! :+favlove:
Catali Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Student Writer
COLOR! *cheers zealously* Flawless picture! The cool tone of the colors is different than I imagined....I love
it! xD The dark shades accented by the gold is beautiful! His wings are AWESOME! This picture is utterly incredible!

:clap: :drool: :faint:
crescentlady Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very creative character! I really like the fact that he's deep blue for some reason. I was imagining something very different when I read the title. I thought it would be a picture of a bard leading hundreds of dragons away from a village like the pied piper story. He has a very nice, relaxed pose as well.
amao2006 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
wow nice :D
Masita Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist
I'm glad you colored it :D
Saknika Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Professional Photographer
That. Looks. So. Effing. Awesome. :jawdrop:
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