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Comm: Dragon Legacy Cycle Logo by tranimation-art Comm: Dragon Legacy Cycle Logo by tranimation-art
"The Humans want them gone because they are demons, they want to reclaim what is there's and heal what the humans have damaged, prophesy tells of a 'human dragon' which will bring an end to it..."

My friend *shadowsofthought requested that I create original icons and logos for his gallery folders on DeviantArt. I ended up liking the some of the icons so much that I thought I'd post a few of them as deviations.

Here's the title logo for his epic Dragon Legacy Cycle book series, which focuses on the life-death-rebirth tales of Nature and Earth through the eyes of Dragons and Humans. I really wanted to make it appear in the style of a black-and-white medieval wood-cut engraving. It was my own idea to use the Ouroboros ("tail-devourer"), an ancient religious and mythological symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle to sustain its life, symbolizing the cyclic Nature of the Universe of creation out of destruction, which represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, the eternal return of life-death-rebirth. This self-eating, circular being has been depicted in the following ways:
•  Astrological symbol
•  Alchemical purifying sigil
•  Gnostic duality of existence
•  Masonic symbol
•  Rod of Asclepius and Caduceus, the wand of Hermes, a snake-entwined staff representing medicine in the West and human DNA
•  Judo-Christian sea serpent, the Leviathan
•  Roman mythology of Sisyphus and his boulder
•  Ancient Egypt deity, Apep
•  Norse sea serpent, Jörmungandr
•  Hindu folk-mythological tortoise, Kurma encircled by a snake
•  West African demi-god Aidophedo
•  Yoruban rainbow serpent, Oshunmare
•  Mesoamerican "feathered-serpent" deity, Quetzalcoatl
•  Hindu (Vedic) King of Nagaas, Shesha
•  Vedic Asura serpent/dragon, Vrtra
•  Iranian character, Zahhāk
•  Australian Aboriginal motif, the Rainbow Serpent
•  Western equivalent of the Taoist yin-yang
•  Kundalini Yoga's symbol of energy
•  Chinese dragon chasing the Precious Pearl
•  Chinese dragon and phoenix chasing each other
•  Chinese dragon in the heaven and White Tiger on earth
•  Japanese legendary snake, Tsuchinoko
•  Tibetan Buddhist's endless knot
•  Zen Ensō
•  Mandala Circle
•  Borromean rings
•  Möbius strip
•  Hoop snake from Pecos Bill stories
•  AURYN talisman from The Neverending Story
I thought this was a fun away to bring an ancient, worldly, psychological, individualistic, multi-cultural symbol into the epic tales. I wanted to use the Ouroboros from early alchemical text because it had the two beings — the dragon and the serpent, which can represent heaven-hell, nature-earth, nature-nurture, natural-supernatural, life-death, creation-destruction, rich-poor, good-evil, day-night, black-white, negative-positive, parent-child, man-woman, angel-demon, human-dragon, yin-yang, etc, in a separate-but-equal, never-ending circle. Check out the Dragon Legacy Cycle books at HERE.

Medium - Photoshop.

Logo © Diane N. Tran.
Dragon Legacy Cycle © Thomas "Shadow" Walker.
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:iconindicaged:
Indicaged Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I'm getting an Ouroboros tattoo sometime soon. It means a lot to me.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. Glad you like it. Love to see the finished product if you base it off this.
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HeroOfZeros Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I really love this logo, it all works together so well. Love the dragons too!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! Glad you like this.
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karracaz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you'd have been very much in demand for 'zine art and covers! I like the overall design but the lettering really has impact.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I really wanted for it to look like an old woodcut print and quill-written calligraphy.
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:iconmidniteoil-burning:
Midniteoil-Burning Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: You really made this look like something from an old book!
*is jealous* -3-
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I have a great love for medieval woodcuts.
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Midniteoil-Burning Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We tried woodcutting in High school. Didn't work out so well for me -_-;
It was too rough on my hands and the piece came out a mangled mess XP
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It takes a lot of control, but it's worth it in the end when you can get it right.
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:iconmidniteoil-burning:
Midniteoil-Burning Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously. results like this are proof :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
;)
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   General Artist
Well almost. :B
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like it!
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   General Artist
Whoa. That is so beautiful. It's exactly what I had envisioned for my novel projects. Heh, someone came up with it first. Looks great :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you liked it! This is something I did for a friend.
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   General Artist
looks awesome anyway
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nuriaabajo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Ouroboros! It was doing a lot of time that not I saw an Ouroboros. I like it, he me resembles the ancient books, the Medieval and Victorian books (and well... Also this remembers me to Neverending Story). Already the new generations do not know the meaning an Ouroboros
Great work XD
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm really glad you like this! It's sad that Ouroboros isn't really that appreciated anymore, but I've always loved the symbolism of it. And, yes, the AURYN from The Neverending Story is a variation of the Ouroboros.
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nuriaabajo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
What about your friend? Would he has liked the icons and logos for his gallery?
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:iconshadowsofthought:
shadowsofthought Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
To answer personally, I love the work she has done for me she has become a tremendous help to me artistically because i can never get the vision in a drawing i am more a man of words
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You can see them here: [link]

I also did a book cover, a few title cards, and literature icons for him.
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Maddarilke Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
I haven't a premium account, but I will say this is an amazing and beautifully rendered illustration example. Love the care you've taken with the texture of the lines and the woodcut-look of the piece, as well as the very medieval conceit of bird's wings on the serpent. I think it's wonderful.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like this. Really appreciate it! I really want a medieval piece with a lot of symbolism from the winged dragon to the serpent, etc.
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Dang, that must have taken you some time to do.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
About two hours or so.
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
It looks so good. Like the real thing from middle ages or something. Its awesome that way, way to go for going for authenticity!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! Appreciate it!
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
The ink looks like it was drawn on by a quill, so very well done.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I think its the writing I like the most.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Awwww...thanks! :huggle:
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Reyelene Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the design and the b&w coloring. :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I really wanted to give it a lot of symbolism as well.
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Reyelene Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Sockymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Whoo! Very old-timey but complex! Well-done!
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I wanted to look very medieval. I guess 600 years would be "old timey".
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Sockymonkey Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Very. :D
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