And after 23 years of drawing REPTILE... it is really difficult to draw something I am really satisfied and happy with.
I can say... I am really satisfied and happy how this turned out. It's been a long time since I had a "real" background... really... a background with lots of details and actually a real scenery or landscape.
Here is a little background story to the artwork you're just watching:
Katathrax: "What do you want?"
Reptile: "We desperately need your help, magnificent one. The lands of Aktes are being attacked by a new evil. The warlord Devon and his army are marching to battle!"
Katathrax: "Why should I concern myself with the wars of man?"
Reptile: "Please, o wise one, this threat concerns us all. If he destroys Aktes he won't just stop there... they will continue until everything and everyone is dead! I have seen it!"
Katathrax."I don't believe you. There have been countless wars and battles in the past centuries and they all came to an end. And we survived."
Reptile: "Not this one! Please... just hear me out. I also present a gift to you... to express our good faith and respect for you."
Katathrax: "Hmm... a very rare gem you've got there. I will listen to you."
Reptile: "Thank you, wise one. My father once told me about the Triangle of Balance... it is about you - the three great dragon lords. Thousands of years ago, the three most powerful dragon lords came together to lay foundation to a great plan. Bralborax, the Strong Minded... Zaldranax, Scale of Wisdom... and Katathrax, Elder of the Clouds. Together, they shape the Triangle of Balance which keeps all the magic in the world in harmony."
Katathrax: "Yes, of course. What of it?"
Reptile: "Well... Devon has already broken the harmony and the balance of magic by creating an army of undead. This unnatural creation must be stopped... or the balance will be broken and all magic... all life will vanish from this world!"
Katathrax: "You have a point. This would indeed break the balance of magic as we know it."
Reptile: "Will you help us to destroy the threat?"
Katathrax: "I will do much more... I will call for Bralborax and Zaldranax. Together, we shall unite against this new evil. The balance must not be destroyed!"
Reptile: "Words cannot express my gratitude... but... thank you!"
He created the dragon names and gave me some cool ideas about the "Triangle of Balance"!
Also dedicated to three cool guys from FA! Those guys created a nice artwork including REPTILE not a long time ago. Also, I liked how his tail has been used in the other artwork so I thought I could use this one, too!
Pencils, ink, markers, COPICS, acrylics... and NO digital stuff!!!
about 20 hours
Characters and artwork © Patrick Reichel aka "Reptile Cynrik" 2019
The gem is a special and rare Cyronite crystal which enhances magical abilities. It's a very rare gem and should please the ancient dragon for they all really love rare and beautiful things.
The brooch Reptile is wearing is the official symbol of AKTES:
I admire the lore you've put into the world of Rulus. You have written quite a cool story in the description too, and I love the illustration that goes with it. I really do love the way you draw your reptilian creatures! Again, they look so realistic ^^
This is better than anything I could come up with myself.
Well, after almost 25 years of REPTILE... the world is pretty huge by now. The lore and stories have grown over the years - very often by the help and support of fans/friends! ^^
Glad you like it! :3
This picture is my very personal favourite of all times... and it's not even that old yet.
Gotta said that watching the process and the final result of this work was really satisfying : D I must say that you nail it a lot with the coloring selection by giving more importance to the characters and the background as a supportive element, yet a beautiful that match nicely with them : D And the details with the character´s textures cool as always, never get tired to see those ; )
One small little observation I would like to mention is that for the clouds would be nice to give a shade slighty grey but not too grey, like some gredish blue or something not too strong because that grey kinda make some visual noise (at least for me that is XD UNLESS the sun is behind those clouds then that would make sense, especially if the yellow color of the sky marks something like a sunrise where the sun should be on the very center of the background. However the character´s shading and hilight indicates that the sun is almost on the right side XD
A side of that, and a personal though, watching this pic kinda reminds me the firsts pics I watched from you when I got here XD brings me back good old memories : D
The clouds are relatively simple... using colour pencils and a tissue to soften the colours. But using COPICS is like using brush and water... you need to be careful.
I'm glad you like it, thanks!