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Out of its element by Griatch-art Out of its element by Griatch-art
Did you know dragons can swim? Of course they can! This is an ancient monstrosity walking ashore after unnamed business in the deep. Everything living nearby is trying to get out of its way as quickly as possible ...

I really, really recommend the full size view for this. There are a *lot* of details.

The dragon is known as "Ebb" and is a character I use in roleplaying on UV [link] (it's a nice place for roleplaying any character you want. Pray you don't come across Ebb on a bad day though ;) ). The design of the dragon is all mine, ©Griatch and all that.

This was done fully in the free graphical program GIMP ([link] ), only work outside the program was creating a very simple 3D-model of the dragon in the free modeller gsculpt ([link]) so I could quickly try out some poses. The model was only used as a very basic reference though, all colour, textures and so on were done in GIMP 2.3.15.

The image is overall an experiment in water, light and reflections. Total work some 14 hours in total I reckon, so if you like it I would appreciate a fav. ;)

Comments -- and most especially critique -- is highly appreciated!

EDIT: Thanks to comments in the thread and elsewhere, I have made some considerable changes to the image, changing the water considerably, as well as hopefully merging the boat better contrast-wise. Also the jaw and right wing should not blend together as much now. One thing I didn't change was the rower. He's now officially just grabbing the oars from the first guy who dropped them in shock, trying to grab hold of them and stop them from getting away ... it's just not practical to start redesigning the whole boat in order to turn the rower around, so this is how it has to be.

Anyway, let me know what you think. :D
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Griatch
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:iconvyctorian:
Vyctorian Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   General Artist
Stunning work, this dragon looks amazing and awe inspiring.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! Thanks for the nice comment and fave!
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Griatch
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   General Artist
It was my pleasure, hun!~
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AxyzDile Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good! Realy good! )

Well as said below water could be shiner... and darker i think - this looks like sea, and actually i never seemed such bright sea!

But composition very cool!

PS: not native english )
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always good with feedback! This is a bright day, the contrasts are overall low in this image in order to enhance the feeling of distance and size. So the sea is a tad bright, this is true. :) Won't change anything in this old image at this point, but feedback is always useful, thankyou!
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Griatch
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Dementedsnake Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is what I'll be trying to copy. It's a single subject, with basic lighting, and plenty of room for making errors.


The sketching should go okay, it's the painting that always ruins me.


Let me know if you want to be updated as I go.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of its element eh? Good luck and let me know how it goes, looking forward to updates. :)
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Griatch
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dragonfire2012 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!! THIS IS AMAZINGLY WELL DONE!!!! hey, do ya think you could help me on gimp? i can shade good at all!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! Thanks for the fave. :)

If you are interested in GIMP, you can take a look at the numerous tutorials I've done for using GIMP to paint. You can find the tutorials here: [link] There you can also find a link to GimpTalk, a big forum with lots of GIMP tutorials. Good luck!
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Griatch
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bl4ckh34v3n Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW O.O
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it and thanks for the fave!
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Griatch
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bl4ckh34v3n Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
np :3 but seriously dude this is awesome
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dfpcmaia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A.W.E.S.O.M.E
You could make the dragon a bit shinier though, isn't it all wet?
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe so. :) Thanks for the feedback and fave!
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Griatch
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant composition !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thrilling details, especially wit the water effects and textures !!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, lots of work went into the water, so I'm glad it shows. :)
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Griatch
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Ink20 Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Amazing work!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Griatch
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Ink20 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
You're welcome!
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EmmaLoffler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful. Its a still image but it is very full of movement. Very dynamic, visually stunning. Congrats in making this, its fantastic!
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Hrichardson2 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
This is some of the best work i have every seen
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:icongriatch-art:
Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :-)
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Griatch
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GreenAqua Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing, AMAZING detail!
Looks hard to believe that anyone can do something like that on GIMP!
Very awesome!
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GreenAqua Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Your very welcome!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These kind of comments make my day! Thankyou very much!
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Griatch
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Neo-Wolf06 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
wow its relaly good. tho i think it cud use some shadows to make it more bold
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, always nice with some feedback. :)
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Griatch
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Neo-Wolf06 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
welcome :)
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dillkaa Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
I hate big...things...This really scares me..Uh, grate job =P
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, thanks!
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Griatch
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syhon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007   Interface Designer
Very good work. You do the ice-water feel very well.

Heh, I remember roleplaying as a dragon once. I think I put a picture up, not sure... *goes to check own works*
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I could not find your dragon in your gallery, but the Syhon (the one in your ID) was well done. I like them eyes. :-)
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Griatch
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zanroth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007   Digital Artist
Using 3D models only as a base for posing?
I hadn't even thought of that yet...
Glad to see another thegimp user around these parts.
this one is epic, to say the least.
The image just splashes out at you.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A 3D model is useful in order to be able to quickly try out complex perspective, especially when there are so many limbs and wings and things as here. But once I found a good pose, the model was only used a total of five minutes in the actual drawing process -- just to get the rouch sketch down. Not relying on it means the model can be very simple -- all you need is essentially the get a feel for what blocks what from view.

... If you're interested in doing artwork in GIMP, I can recommend the forum GIMPtalk [link] . I'm a moderator there, and there are a lot of tutorials and hints for using GIMP for all sorts of things. It's never bad to see how others do things. :)
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Griatch
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zanroth Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007   Digital Artist
Bookmarked for now, and thanks for making great art and giving me an opportunity to learn from it.
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alex3305 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Impressive drawing, the water effect really came out and really looks nice! Also the use of the subtile colors is very kewl!

I woiuldn't use this as a wallpaper, but I can imagine some sure will!! This is nice, keep on going..

Oh, one question, how did you make this?
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. The drawing was done from scratch in the free graphics program GIMP. It's mostly a matter of hard brushwork.
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Griatch
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Richi89 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Wow nice creation!:wow: i love the detail and the sense of massiveness of the dragonXD
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it.
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Griatch
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Ruth-Tay Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
He looks unbelieveble! The design is great! It's not someting you see everywhere. I love your eye for detail, the scales are great and the water falling of him looks really realistic. What i like most of all is the head! It just has something.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it. Ol' Ebb is a character I once developed as a "realistic" dragon (although smaller in size then), forming the basis of an encyclopaedia dracologica. He's great fun to roleplay too, although not very nice with a very strange psychology. This scene is actually a scene from roleplay. ;)
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Griatch
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tyshadragon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
Hiya, just a little message to let you know this piece of work has been featured in Issue 18 of the art blog Devious Dragons [link] :)
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Didn't see that one coming.
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Griatch
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful, and that you did it with the Gimp just makes it awesome. :D :+fav:
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Griatch
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SiathLinux Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Welcome.
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nekomukuro Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is indeed an awesome piece of art... One of the scariest dragons ever seen around, impressive details, the fact you put the boat in helps in giving the idea of his huge size... That is, I love this to bits X3 Not faving this would be a crime.
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the kind words! He is pretty scary yes, glad you noticed, and that his size comes across too.

Glad you like it. :D
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Griatch
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isaqueprofeta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, about Print, you have used the profile CMYK? How much DPI? And About size of image to print?

Excuse me but I really wanna know ^^" !!!

Hey! THATS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
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Griatch-art Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello

Hey, about Print, you have used the profile CMYK? How much DPI? And About size of image to print?


The size of the print version is 3560x2480 pixels at 300 DPI. GIMP does not support CMYK currently, but the colours of the print matches the digital version perfectly anyway -- I myself have a 46x61 cm framed print of this particular image at home, and it looks just fine. :D

Thanks for the comment.
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Griatch
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