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St. George and the Dragon

By Snow-Monster
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The legend of St. George is one I grew up with and have admired since I first heard it. Although initially claimed as a patron in the Byzantine East he has quickly become one of the most heralded patron saints in Western civilization and most notably of England.

Despite being frequently depicted in the medieval European romances as a white knight, George was most likely a Roman legatus serving in the military of Emperor Diocletian and possibly stationed for a time somewhere in Africa. I was inspired to illustrate him as a cavalry officer. The incident with the dragon could be a representation of an invading army he helped to defeat, the demonic forces of darkness that threatened his Faith, or something else entirely. Wanting to incorporate the particular significance of these symbolic enemies, I elected to depict them in the form of a monster - something of a prehistoric alligator like Deinosuchus or Sarchosuchus, one of the last of it's kind and something that he could have possibly encountered near one of his military stations in Africa.

In any event, the legend of St. George offers a compelling example of courage, honor, and defending of the weak in the face of overwhelming odds.

Done in ink.
Image details
Image size
4025x2804px 3.56 MB
Make
LG Electronics
Model
LGMP260
Shutter Speed
1/17 second
Aperture
F/2.2
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
May 2, 2018, 3:00:50 PM
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Hells33k3r's avatar

Actual ending of such encounter : the beast gets three meals for the price of one.

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Cartoonicus's avatar
I like this, portraying it as a crocodile. The concept of dinosaurs and other large reptiles as the origins of the dragon.
Snow-Monster's avatar
Cool! Glad you like it.
GodsDemonsMen's avatar
Fantastic ink work! I love the motion in the picture and the details are well delivered. The entire concept of depicting his enemies as huge prehistoric alligator is very cool too. Keep up the good work!
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GodsDemonsMen's avatar
No problem..Well deserved! 
indigo7232's avatar
Super cool drawing !!
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I'm happy you like it!
RickCharlesOfficial's avatar
Very cool interpretation of a classical legend.
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BenjaminOssoff's avatar
Fine work. I like your interpretation and your attempt to make the picture as authentic or plausible as possible, while still dealing in a legendary subject.
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Glad you like it!
Libra1010's avatar
 By the way, kudos on producing a dragon to challenge Saint George that is simultaneously credible yet absolutely Fantastic to behold!
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Thanks Libra, I'm happy you think so!
Libra1010's avatar
 I'm very happy you produced such a splendid work to be admired in the first place!Nod 
Snow-Monster's avatar
Cool! Should have listened to this while I was drawing.
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 I think we can safely say that EVERYONE should listen to the Very Best Jerry Goldsmith soundtracks more often!Nod 
feathersburning's avatar
Fantastic visual storytelling.
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I'm happy you like it.
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