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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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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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bl4ckh34v3n Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW O.O
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