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Astral Dragon by drakhenliche Astral Dragon by drakhenliche
Astral Dragon - As they age, Tymaeran dragons' bodies change, often reflecting their nature and abilities. This dragon here, after losing his left eye, had his third eye awakened and has become an astral wanderer.




I should be ashamed of myself. Lazy photoshop gradient colouring, really?

Watercolour painting in neutral tint over linework. Then I kind of lost the will to follow through with proper colour.
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:iconkia-13-7:
KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work, simple stunning
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:iconmummymetaller:
MummyMetaller Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Awesome! :horns:
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:iconsolarlugia:
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely colour Gradient and detail!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Photoshop did the gradient for me... but the detail's all me ;)
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SolarLugia Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tee hee! :>
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Layalas Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You say lazy photoshop gradient, but really it looks like you've put a little more effort into it than just that.
The way the Dragon's head has a lighter colour than that section of the background really makes it pop, so I was very drawn to this picture when I saw it in my feed. Pretty good showing for a picture you didn't feel like colouring properly.

I'm not 100% sure about the huge twist in his body, but I do really like how it looks regardless. I'm not much of an anatomy nut to be honest. And I'm very much in love with its tail, and still a fan of your style overall.

So don't be ashamed of yourself~ haha~
You're drawing regularly again and it's beautiful and it's lovely.
I want to put this one on my wall. (:
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll admit I did fiddle with the settings quite a lot and the background gradation is very deliberately darker up that end.
Yeah, the twist is a little bit too contorted for my usual taste but I'd made an awful lot of changes already on the pencils stage and decided to just go with it before I wound up rubbing a hole in the paper :D
And thank you for the vote of confidence ;)
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CODxFather Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You say this is lazy coloring? I wish I could color this good, I'm just too lazy to buy PhotoShop. :/
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was, literally, a case of a couple of clicks. The shading was all me, though. You can legally download CS2 from the Adobe website now (they no longer support it so appear to be giving away the entire CS2 suite for free - bargain!).
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CODxFather Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could you provide a link?
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do a google search for 'adobe photoshop cs2 download' and the direct link to the page on the adobe.com website should show up as top result.
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Osayioniwabo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly done, this dragon looks so cool!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaoifasd:
aoifasd Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautioful!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:icondaphyin:
DaphYin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heavens! I love dragons and this one of yours is simply... majestic!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconkittensparadise:
kittensparadise Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
A-WE-SO-ME! I love it~ :3
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D thanks!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome pic! :)
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome :)
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:iconthewhitemoonwolf:
Thewhitemoonwolf Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! love the bleding of the colors !
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I got Photoshop to thank for that bit.
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:iconthewhitemoonwolf:
Thewhitemoonwolf Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YUP ! Photoshop os the best! I have it too :)
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NyraWolfDragon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Oh my, it's beautiful!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcinder254:
Cinder254 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Simply wonderful job on this!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcinder254:
Cinder254 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
sure :D
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:icontruhlsrohk:
Truhlsrohk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Maybe so, but still brilliant, I love it!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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KelsMcQuillen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice :) love the colors
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It took every fibre of my being not to go with red and black *again* XD
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers!
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Schmengee Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student General Artist
That pose is really cool o-o i also love its face
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Still can't decide if I like that twist or not, but maybe the dragon's a contortionist in his spare time.
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:iconschmengee:
Schmengee Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student General Artist
anytime!
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:iconkloobnica:
kloobnica Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its,
AMAZING :squee:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconshockdr:
ShockDr Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   General Artist
bad. ass.
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Cygam-7 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
astounding piece. :)
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers :)
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:iconaverant:
Averant Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! :D
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ye :)
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Oh hot damn, that is a one badass dragon. :0
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ta! :)
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Hades-O-Bannon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fffffff this should be a print at mcm expo ( granted youll be there again in may)
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