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King of the Boiling Sea

By zilla774
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This has got to be my most worked on piece EVER. I have been working on this for frickin' WEEKS.... :faint:

I started this about a month ago when I was working on a seascape picture. I wanted to do fairly realistic waves in a kind stormy setting, get some real aggressive stuff going and it was loads of fun trying to capture the swell and froth of the sea in this state. I got a fair way into it and then ran out of steam because it was just water at that stage, so I showed it to my good friend *machine-guts and she suggested a dragon in it. I asked for a sketch, which she supplied, and out of her rough scribbles I started work on adding a dragon. After a couple of false starts which left me feeling it was all too much like hard work I left it for a week and came back to it. The rough idea was there, as discussed with MGutz, so I started the dragon again, only this time, instead of flying over the water, I had him bursting out like a sea-serpent and it worked great! So thats where the image you see came into light.

Unlike normally, I finally took certain peoples advice (u know who u r senior DA peeps ;) :hug:) and took some time over the end result. I'd get it to a point where I thought it was finished then left it for a day and came back and corrected all the stuff I hated about it. Quite a revelation in my work flow I can tell you.

The head caused me the most grief and I did use my deviation SACRIFICE as a reference for the finished head. Although this looks like a render IT IS BY HAND. Trust me it took me a week solid just on the head alone.....

All work undertaken in Photoshop with my Intuos2 (If I could shag it, I would, its that SEXEH). Original image is frickin' hooooge for print purposes.
Only thing that bugs me is the title.... oh well. Think u get the idea ayway.

Wallpaper version very soon :)
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Ulura's avatar
WOW this is amazing! Would you mind if I used it in my study on dragons? I will credit you and I will not be making any money on it. It's a year long research project for school
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mindlessmaze's avatar
I love the way this terrifies me in a hypnotic paralizing manner.
If I look at it again my eyes will freeze in fear.
excellent work.
thehiddenhellcat's avatar
That is freaking epic!
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You have been featured! ---> [link]
JWiesner's avatar
Dude! Your old art is the most amazing! :wow:
JoackOron's avatar
Jesus, please God, I don't want to meet him

iuncredible work man!!!!!!!!!!!:XD:
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ValiKchi's avatar
faved...i'm also adding u as a friend
renishinio's avatar
*speechless* That is so...awesome! The lightning in the background and how the waves look...truely awesome
Dragon-gurl's avatar
This. Is. Beautiful. I love the atmophere; and the motion is there! The waves are just amazing. I love the shine and detail on them! You couldn't make this piece any better. Seriously, this is an instant fave, and it's definately going on my wishlist!
dragonicwolf's avatar
WOAH, that is one of the most AWSOME dragon pictures iv ever laid my eyes on.
Uusis's avatar
Breathtaking! So amazing :eyepopping: :+fav:
pinkie5567's avatar
Deffinetly worth the time! : D It's gorgeous!
ShikaTheFox's avatar
Wow! I love how the dragon blends into the background sortof thing. Makes it look very realistic! :D
Ter-Ady's avatar
Uber awesome. It's brilliant!!

Great job! ^^
blonde-thinking's avatar
well the pic was defently worth all that time put in to, looks amazing
yamacheero's avatar
this brings up all sorts of emotions in me, i feel pulled into the image, as if im there. it scares me because if i was actually in the scene with the serpent i would be so afraid. which is a good thing, you art is so striking that it could do that to me. im incredibly impressed. this is an amzing piece of artwork.
I-magine's avatar
Oh my God, how did I miss this?! :faint:
Dragons are :heart:


:giggle: Go Ian!
DarkSoul1989's avatar
thats nice. i love that.... nice snake or drogon
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