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The Colchian Dragon by drakhenliche The Colchian Dragon by drakhenliche
My version of the dragon that guarded the Golden Fleece.

There's some things I could fix/tidy up but really, this picture's been on my easel for about 18 months and I'm done with looking at it!

Water mixable oil paints (paynes grey and titanium white) on approx 14x10 inch canvas board.
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:iconbahamutfury82:
BahamutFury82 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
This actually inspired me to do my newest art project in oil paints. I love it!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome! Glad I could inspire something :) How'd it go?
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:iconbahamutfury82:
BahamutFury82 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Sorry for the late reply. ^^; It went awesome! I think I have the final picture uploaded here...at least I think it's the final one. I love oil paints now haha. :D
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SerpentRose Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's not a whole lot to say about this, other than how awesome it is and that I love the shading, and I like how you designed the dragon's face. x3 Man seeing stuff like this makes me really unhappy with my own traditional painting skills, but that's my fault since I never practice.

One question though: What is that white fluffy thing on its neck? I'm assuming from your description it's either a sheep, or its fleece.
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I love painting on canvas.. though it also endlessly frustrates me since I can't ever seem to quite get the detail I want and have to go with whatever the brush wants to do.
Yeah, practice is the way to go - I bought a load of cheap, crappy canvases from a discount store a while back and made a mess on them. A little time consuming but definitely paid off. Next I need to branch out a bit more from payne's grey monotones :D

That's the Golden Fleece, as per the Greek myth. I've not painted/drawn anything sheep like before so it did turn out to be a bit of a blob!
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CursedOnez Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
damn wyckedlicious job! :love:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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darkhart666 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
i am overwhelmed your work with oils
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) They take so much longer than anything else I work with, but I don't think anything else would give quite the same effect.
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LDN-RDNT Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
looks good. it looked like a work of gustave dore from the thumbnail view. i like it.
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) I had to look him up - and I'm glad I did! Inspiring stuff :)
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Jolly-Imp Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009   General Artist
:iconflowerdanceplz: Hello!
Your amazing work have been featured here :D :heart:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, awesome! Thank you! (and please excuse the lateness of my reply - I've not been online much lately).
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Jolly-Imp Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009   General Artist
Oh, It's alright! You're very welcome! :aww: :heart:
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laughingfire23 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
awsome the way it is, this is one that if I had the kind of money it would take I would make a huge offer on the Orig work. absolutely love this
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you :) I'm not sure I could sell the original for this after spending so long on it though :D
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Your painting abilities are awe inspiring! I really love how the moon and fire really seems to cast a ghostly light on everything. I'm sure you hear it a lot but great job!
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I spent a long time trying to get the lighting right (including repainting bits several times) so thanks for remarking on it.
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janie-jones Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Fantastic, thats all i can find to say
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally kickasstic ... but if this bad boy was guarding the fleece, I don't think that kid Jason would have had a snowball's chance in a very very hot place ;)
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ye :)
If he were to try and saw through this one's neck like in one of the versions of the story, Jason would've needed some pretty heavy-duty machinery methinks! :D
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Little-kaiyou-Kame Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I'd love to see it in real life! :lol: I mean, the painting not the dragon haha..
How are youuu my dear :hug:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
heheh, yeah I wouldn't want to meet this dragon either... the painting looks better than this photo of it - I find it hard to get my paintings photographed right but this is the closest I could manage.
And I'm good thanks :) Not had a whole lot of time to get drawing of late, but otherwise all's well! How about you?
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Little-kaiyou-Kame Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEyy~ Yea you're right! :giggle: Traditional paintings always face this problem of how to put it onto the computer...:D I always find it hard especially if the painting is larger than the scanner lol. Then I'll take a photo and my silly shadow will be there haha! ^^;
Are you studying lately or working now? I'm back in Singapore now, I've just graduated. So far away from you now~! :( Lately I've been working too and also preparing for some major conventions coming up this end of year ^^ There's one up just this weekend! so im quite busy for that =P
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Drummerxkiller Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, you will never stop to amaze me. At first, I tought it was digital, but is all traditional :clap:. To work with two colors what surely a hard task, but you successed.I particullary like the details on the dragon head, and the sky with this dark moon.Very nice interpretation of the mythical tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece. :) I like so much your art!
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drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:bows: thank you :) Actually I find working in monochrome much easier than colour - I only need to think about detail and tone rather than getting the colours right, makes life easier!
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Drummerxkiller Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I should try the experience of working with monochrome :) Thank you for learning me this.
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Orakaius Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful picture =)
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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bergamont27 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
very kool
great details
fearsome
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey thanks!
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DraveDragonheart Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this guy is really cool nice job :D i really like the dark shades this has
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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DraveDragonheart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
not a problem :)
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Crazygoblin21 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
He is just waiting for adventurers to devour
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so :D
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Imaginatos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
:typerhappy: LOVELY work ! :woohoo:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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ghostlymarionette Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I adore your dragons
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:) aw thanks!
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Diamondsnake Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore your dragons. :D
They're always fantastically drawn/painted, etc. :clap:
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:bows: thank you :) I take a pride in drawing them so it's good to hear it shows ^^
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work :)
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome :)
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tetso Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
the clouds are a wonderful detail to look at, very detailed and the dragon it's self is a masterpiece.
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :) The dragon was my favourite bit to paint, but clouds (although they gave me some trouble!) are a close second.
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BlueDingo5 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
once again, bloody awesome! :D
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:icondrakhenliche:
drakhenliche Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!
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