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Golden Dragon by Vapolord Golden Dragon by Vapolord
My take on the "Dragon on the rock"- cliche pose. :D At first I thought I would paint him in in open landscape, but then I thought I havent drawn any caves yet. Yo I gave it a go, and put him inside a weird cave with water in it and the Stalagmites inhabited........sort of. (hence the lights :D). Also I figured out, that I didn't draw a golden dragon yet and wanted him to look a little bit like real gold and not just yellow. And since this image is was not cheesy enough yet, I added the dramatic lighting coming from a a hole in the "roof". xD
The size of this picture was 7500x5000px. The work time would be aproximatly.... mmh I would say 20 hours or so. I drew it over the time of many days, since I often lacked the motivation to go on. But I finally finished it! I really need to get myself do paint/draw more time efficient......


I hope you guys like my painting. It would be cool if you could leave some thougts in the comments. If you like dragons, you can find more on my profile. :D




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MysticDragonSoul Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
WOW, that is so awesome!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much. I have it as a print at home, it has been my favourite of my paintings for quite a while now. :) Love that expression on the Dragons face. I wish I kindoff could manage to do more digital art at the moment that is not productionart for my classes, because this will most often only be sketches, and no finished illustrations. I really would love to get back into making "big pictures" again. But there is so much to learn at the moment. Need to come up with new stories for my classes that I have to Illustrate, make scripts for the next animated movie, and last but not least. Get to know Maya better. Making animated films takes a lot of time, and at the end its always not so great...but at least you gotta learn from the mistakes and bad time managment.

Well...don't know why iam telling you this, but I felt like it. So you can understand, that I unfortunatly can't manage to keep a constant output. I wish i could, but most often I can't. Well lets hope that at least with the inktober, i can manage to stay kindoff in time, and not be screwed half way through xD

have a good day. :)
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MysticDragonSoul Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017
Have you read wings of fire?
because that is like the best book ever and if you could work on maybe doing an animated film on that it could be a really awesome project. (and I would definitely buy it even if it were a 30-second clip)

I also didn't make it through inktober:( (Sad) 

Have a good day to:happybounce: 
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Haven't read that one yet. In the future I would love to try animate dragons, but at the moment this may be a too big thing to animate time-efficient. Maybe for the Bachelor movie, i will make somthing with dragons. ^^

The Problem is, that the Film iam working on at the moment is due to 30.10.17, so not much more time. So iam behind 4 days now in the inktober thingy. Not so good, but well. I may manage to do it in overtime or something. No clue. 
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MysticDragonSoul Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017
I am sure you will do great. And wings of fire is a must read, I highly sugest it for you :)
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Awesome!:D
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GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfff das Bild ist ja wirklich total Cliché XD Goldener Drache in einer Höhle mit mysteriösen Steinen/stalagmiten und dem berühmt-berüchtigtem mysteriösen Deckenlicht XD

Aberrrrrrrr ich finde es echt gut! Es ist nicht eifach, ein "drache in höhle" Bild so zu machen, dass es aus der grauen Masse der "drache in Höhle"-Bilder hervor sticht. Ich finde das goldene Shading ist dir sehr gut gelungen. (goldene Drachen sind sowieso ein schmau für die Augen :D) und in der Höhle würd ich mich glatt einrichten wenn ich denn das geld dazu hätte XD

Alles in allem ein wirklich sehr gelungenes Werk, weiter so :D
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Student General Artist
Vielen Dank für den Kommentar, hat mich sehr gefreut! Ja, irgendwie will ich mal jedes Motiv so abgeklappert haben, damit man es mal gemacht hat haltm, und im Kopf quasi das "Rezept" abspeichert. :D
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GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo keine Ursache :D

Wow klingt nach einer ganz schönen Sisyphosarbeit o_o
Dann wünsche ich dir mal viel erfolg bei diesem "projekt" :D
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks. Naja, also so ein aktives "Projekt" ist es nicht, aber ich mein es gibt halt so Motive, die sind Standart, aber man muss sie auch mal irgendwie gemacht haben, denke ich. Halt, damit man sie mal gemacht hat. :D
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GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich hab mich bisher immer davon ferngehalten weil ich mir so dachte "yoa das haben schon 10.000 leute vor mir gemacht und meins wird da sicher wieder drin untergehen"

Deshalb mache ich einfach nur random shit XD
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Naja, Drachen wurden generell schon von 10.000 Leuten gemacht. Das heißt nicht, dass man nicht selbst versuchen sollte es Besser zu machen. Manchmal hab ich das, dass ich auf DA browse, und denk mir suche quasi nach nem Bild, was ich so im Kopf hab; dann stell ich oft fest "in der Form hats ja noch gar keiner gemacht. Das ist ja interessant, eigentlich sollte das doch so nahe liegen". Was ich damit sagen will: Nur weil man selbst auf einen Entwurf schnell kommt, und ihn daher als schlecht oder unoriginell ansieht, heißt das nicht, das er das auch ist. Da jeder ja andere Lebenserfahrung hat, hat jeder einen anderen Blickwinkel auf die Dinge, und diese werden sich in den Bildern wiederspiegeln. 
Ich geh ja jetzt nicht hin und sage: "Hey, ich hab gehört Adlergreiffen sind gerade total inn, ich mach auch welche", sonder mehr sowas wie "Dieses Bild ist sehr interessant, die Beleuchtung/Komposition/Spannung interessiert mich. Ich versuche zu ergründen, was denn die Essenz dieser Spannung herauszubekommen, und quasi in dem Hirn zu speichern, und neu zu Kombinieren".
Im Klartext: Diese Bild hier hat mir z.B dabei geholfen zu verstehen, was der Reiz an der "Drache auf dem Felsen"-Pose ist, und wie ich die Probleme gelöst habe, die da auf mich zukamen. Basierend auf dem Wissen der Vorzeichnung, konnte ich dann weiter das Bild gestalten und dabei im Hinterkopf natürlich darauf zu achten, eine gewisse Kontinuität in den Bilder zu erreichen. (Also Style quasi. Der Drache ist zwar anders gewesen, als die anderen zu der Zeit damals, jedoch hab ich versuch z.B durch die Hörner, und die Art und weise des Körpersbaus "meinen Look" dennoch präsent zu haben.
Die Frage, die ich mir bei dem Bild Anfangs stellte war: Wie male ich einen Goldenen Drachen, damit er wirklich golden aussieht, und wie wird er wirken, wenn er dabei in einer nach oben offenen Höhle beleuchtet wird?

Die Erkenntnisse, die ich dann sammle, können wiederrum in den Nächsten Bilder relevant werden. Also letztlich nur ein Lernprozess......
Da hab ich viel geschrieben...äääh, ich hoffe meine Gedanken werden einigermaßen ersichtlich haha^^

schönen Tag noch :D
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GelangweilterToaster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohgott ich hatte das eigentlich nur als Scherz gemeint XD

huiuiui und trotz der späten Stunde habe ich mich mit Bravour durch deinen Kommentar gelesen :D

Klar, jeder sieht´s anders aber ich kann nicht von mir selbst behaupten, dass ich in der Ober-Liga der malerei mitschwimme. Ich bin ein Mensch, der seeehr ungern seine Komfortzone verlässt (was im Grunde mein allergrößtes Problem ist, aber ich arbeite daran ^^")

Ich designe lieber Drachen als mich mit hintergründen rumzuärgern XD
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Ich verlasse auch ungern meine Komfortzone. Meine Hintergründe haben immer irgendwie Berge z.B, und meine Drachen immer mehr als 2 Hörner, einen Brustpanzer, Mukkies usw...... 
Es ist schwierig da auszubrechen. Ich selbst müsste mal Menschen/Figuren/Gesichter malen, jedoch hab ich irgendwie kein Interesse daran. Und mich jetzt dazu zwingen......naja, das sieht man dem Bild dann aber auch an halt.

Die Oberliga der Malerei ist schon schwer zu erreichen. Ich selbst bin in retrospektive immer Unzufrieden mit meinen Bildern. Aber ich denke mal, wenn man zufrieden wäre, würde man sich nicht weiterentwickeln. Komischerweise hab ich aber manchmal das Gefühl, ich hätte einen Sachverhalt früher schonmal besser gelöst, bzw das Gefühl zu stagnieren. Das ist echt problematisch! 

Ich muss mehr zeichnen! In meinem Studium ist eine, die zeichnet gefühlt dauernd! Könnte ich nicht. In der Öffentlichkeit zeichnen bereitet mir irgendwie unbehagen. Wie geht es dir bei sowas?
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Helen-M123 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow! Just wow! Look at this! :O
The way you drew the background looks so beautiful! And mean the details!! ;0;
And that pose though! It's amazing! \^Δ^/
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dimonx1 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Awesome work+fav 
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Thx! :D
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DireRedemption Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnifique! Muchos graciás!
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vanmorrisman Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely piece 😀
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Tried out a kindoff "child book illustration" look on this one :D thanks
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2002dragongirl Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You made it look like he is made of light, it looks incredible!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you :D
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xiaoyao8 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it almost looks like a gold Dragon from D&D! (duegons and dragons)
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DragongirlKal Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student
He makes me think of Nettle brand from the book "Dragon rider"
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Edited Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Oh yea, I read this book. But "Nettle brand" (Nesselbrand in the german original), does not have wings, and is way bigger than this lad :D

btw, how did you like the book?
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DragongirlKal Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student
Yeah, just because of the concept of the golden dragon ^^

I really enjoyed it, definitely one I'd read again. I really liked Sorrel and Drake :) they were really cool and funny characters :)
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I only can guess who Sorrel and Drake were. In the original book (the german one) they also have different names. I guess Drake is the Dragon, and Sorrel that weird pelted thingy, right? I first read the book like back in 2005 or so, and just reread it 3 months ago. Yea it was quite fun, but the end was just so... argh obvious. I wish there would have been a sequel. Anyways: If you want to read a enjoyable Dragon book, I do suggest "His majesties dragon"- Series by Naomi Novik. It was quite a joy to read :D
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DragongirlKal Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Student
Yeah, Sorrel was a weird cat like creature called a brownie in the English one ^^ I first read it in 5th class, and that was 5 years ago, I haven't reread it yet, I need to get my hands on a copy, but I really want to though :)

And sure thing, I'll keep an eye out for it then :)
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Erynnia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is just.... AGHHHHHHH!!!!! SO AMAZING!!!!!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
If it makes you happy, that makes me happy. Thats the cool thin about artworks; bringing a smile to other peoples faces. :D
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Erynnia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha so true :heart:
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VedranR Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice.
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trimean Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that looks great! ^o^
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PandiiVan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
sehr sehr schön!!!! die felsen gefallen mir ganz doll und auch die kleinen schuppen auf dem Körper !! :la:
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hat lang genug gedauert ^^. Danke für den Kommentar!
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PandiiVan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
das glaub ich ^^
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CrushedApplePie Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey what program do you use to make that?

Btw rly good work man
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Photoshop Cs6
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CrushedApplePie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thx!
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Scaly-Hydra Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really good, your dragons just keep getting better!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I hope so ^^. Thanks for the comment!
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Scaly-Hydra Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you ever decide to do commissions I'll throw some of my dragons at you :)
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Ah, cool :D Yea I gonna think about that in the future. At the moment I barely find the motivation to do my own stuff...(yea I am a lazy guys haha^^) thx for the donation btw! :D
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MiaErrianIrielynn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
fantastic work with golden shades!
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MellowSunPanther Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The light pouring into the cave adds much beauty to this picture, and the way it reflects off the dragon really tops it off.
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Cheesyness level over 9000The Cutest Cheese Ever  :D
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Fluseic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The pose, muscles and expression of the dragon look very nice and natural. As does his colour :)
The dark background looks awesome with the little lights, and the light coming from above illuminating the dragon adds a nice touch to the whole image.
Really awesome work!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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halfyzshred Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Also ich hätte nicht die motivation dazu 20 stunden zu zeichnen FnaF Icon - Vincent (Shocked/Suprised) 
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