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Something I started last year. I don't feel like I can really call this "finished" since there are so many things that bother me about it, but I can't be bothered spending any more time on it for now.

And the scan made it look even worse. Blah.
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:iconazura88:
Azura88 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Wonderful work. I like how the dragon's head seems to meld into the scenery.
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ikdomik Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Wow, beautiful. :) Lovely colours and expression. <3 :+fav:
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PropertyoftheUchiha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
... perhaps... you are afraid to add in more shadows for fear it would hide many details you'd worked hard on, or ruin your work irreversibly?
:no: .. beautiful details nonetheless...
even if it bothers you, its only because you are its creator, this is always the case.
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vernia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
just the best :D
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spikeyheadedfreak Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
This is beautiful, im probably asking a really dumb question, but how, may i ask, did you go about coloring this? its awsome
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zarathus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Hey, thanks.
Was done with watercolors, and some gouche for the highlighting.
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MariahWhy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant!

And the fact that you did it in watercolors makes it even more brilliant. *bows down to the awesome watercolors*
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AJtWM Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
Well, I like it very much. Especially the black dragon.
Wonderful work^^
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silverjackal Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Man, how did I miss this one? I know you say you don't like it much, but I really love how it turned out. Scanners just don't do justice to artwork as intricate as this. Regardless, it still looks great. :)

How are you doing, btw? We haven't talked in ages. *sad panda* :[
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Hey, thank you! The whole thing was done with watercolors, and some gouache for the highlights.
And I'm doing all right. Away from home at the moment, doing some work for Weta, if you know who they are. And how are you doing? :D
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silverjackal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Wow, Weta? That's impressive to say the least. :D I hope you like it there! I am doing ok, just taking some basic classes atm, nothing spectacular. Drawing I, woo. Trying to get back into making art after a year of nothing. <_> I don't know if you still use AIM, but if you do and want to chat sometime, let me know. :) Ryo0k is my sn.
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Yarr, I'm back home now though. It's interesting working there, although very draining, too.
It's good to hear you're trying to get back into art! I'm in the same situation. I've done little other than sketches for the last year, and I'm trying to change that. Trying being the key word there.

I haven't used AIM in forever, but I just downloaded it again the other day, so I'll try and be on there occasionally :)
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Glowcrow Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Student Digital Artist
To me it doesen't look worse, but of course there is much difference in any art you make in RL and in IRL.
But truly, i think it's gorgeus : )
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zarathus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007   Artisan Crafter
*nods* Yeah, scanning rarely seems to do images justice.
Thank you.
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kuronekosan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
I can't imagine this picture any better!! That many favs can't be wrong...here's another one!!:+fav:
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much :) Glad you like it.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006  Professional Filmographer
I love the intense detail, it's amazing. :)
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SleepyMcSleeps Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail in this is amazing and the time you took to make everything as good as you could make it is obvious and makes the picture on the whole so much better. I'm not sure what you don't like about it, but I can tell you that the concept you have going on that has to do with the wood muzzle being part of the larger dragon is very good... Also, the sort of mossy/drooly/starry background you paired with this gives off just the right ominous sort of feeling it needs. :heart:
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zarathus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! I'm glad it appears to have that feel about it, since that's what I was going for :)
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mental-delirium Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
omg this is reallly good..eee. i love it.
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GedDarkstorm Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2006
It's been a long time since you posted this, but something about this picture reminds me about that black dragon attraction you had awhile ago.. almost as if there is that dark side coiling around and suppressing the core Zarathus.. Hmm hmm, that's as vauge as I can make it sound while still hopefully making some sort of sense XD. Places like this just aren't very private or good for soul searching discussions.
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zarathus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006   Artisan Crafter
I can't remember now if I explained the whole "black dragon" thing to you, but if I did, then this is likely the same thing you're thinking of :D
Yes, you do make sense, and your description sounds rather accurate for what (I think) it was intended to represent. The whole picture has sorta lost its meaning to me, over time.
Heh and yes, I definitely agree. But oh well! MSN is a most excellent means of discussion, whenever you're not busy :)
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GedDarkstorm Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
I'll be free eventually >_>, well, soonish I think (Thursday I hope, or Friday your time actually). And yes, I remember you telling me all about that. Interesting things, so I suppose it has lessened lately now then if the picture doesn't hold as much meaning? Mmm, MSN is looking rather tasty right now... but I need to grade quizzes and write a new one >.<
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Fanyare- Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's beautiful.
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HojoMcOjo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, that is freakin' amazing!! What don't you like about it? It's beautiful. I can only dream to have mad-freakin'-skills like that!! X3
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zarathus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006   Artisan Crafter
A lot of it is the shading. The image seems to have an overall look of flatness, to me. But I'm glad you like it, regardless :) Thank you.
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dionneong Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautiful..
The scales on the dragon are done perfectly, and for some reason the tounge is really neat looking. I love the shading when the dragon's 'skin' starts to twist and wrinkle.
And the expression on Zara is very emotional.. not to mention that the fur on her neck looks touchable.. xD And her wing is very nice.

The mask looks fragile.. But that could be symbolic.
It's still very amazing all in all.

Great artwork you have in your gallery, by the way. It's very very well done. I hope to see more from you!
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zarathus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) I'm really glad you like it. Yeah, the muzzle-thing was intended to look fragile, too.

I'll try and upload more some time soonish. I seem to have a bit of art inspiration back, for the first time in almost a year :D
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Darksavvy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
Everything looks fine to me, though I'm sure the original looks much better. I have the same problem with scans, it seems especially bad for colored works, though B&W pencil drawings don't seem to suffer as much. The detail in this must of taken some time. I especially love the dragon/tree/creature, and the green and blue in the background really sets the whole thing off.
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zarathus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
Yes, it seems that everyone at least occasionally gets the same problem with scanning colored pictures. Scanners never seem to pick up the full spectrum of color in... anything. But black and white stuff is usually all right, yes.
The detail did take a significant amount of time, which is why the picture took me over 6 months to complete. But I'm glad you like it. Is always encouraging to get good feedback on the rare pictures I manage to finish :P
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Darksavvy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
I have some pictures like that where the detail is so great they sit around for months and I work on and off on them. Occasionally I get them finished and the result is usually worth it, but more often than not it's hard for me to focus for so long. Or the subject I found interesting months ago no longer holds my interest.

I feel like I'm still learning at this whole art thing yet though, maybe when I feel I have perfected my anatomy and shading will I move on to more complex detail. It pains me to see artists out there that can do beautiful detail work and yet lack the basic framework in their subjects. You however, have not made that mistake and it has payed off. Your work stands out because of it.
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JoannaBromley Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic detail work!! :clap: We do always tend to see too many mistakes in our own work, but nobody esle could see the faults, trust me! :nod:
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zarathus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Heheh, it often seems that way. Sometimes I'll look at others' art which supposedly has mistakes, and to me it'll look completely fine :P
Thank you.
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FallAwake Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o_o wow *squeals* this-is-AWESOME! I could KISS you! x3 *slobbery wolfie thing kisses*
but I gotta know....whats going on in the picture? are you like....being absorbed?? o.o
WATERCOLORS?! you have GOT to be kidding me, thats so cool! my watery colors always end up looking....well......watery....and.......ugleh x3
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zarathus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Hey, thank you :D
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what's going on. I suppose being absorbed would be fitting, and with how the picture looks, it does seem to suggest that might be the case :P
Yeah, I usually have watercolors looking rather watery as well. Getting them to look as they do in this picture took... forever. I don't even remember how many hours, now :| But thanks! Glad you like it.
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arcade2000 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
WOW ! awesome, a lot of details ! very nice pic :clap:
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D Glad you like it.
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drakky Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006
It's really very beautiful.
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XianJaguar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you give yourself too little credit. It looks amazing to me. All the textures and subtle shades are incredible.
Sorry you're feeling poorly though. :(
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zarathus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Hey, thank you :) Glad you like it.
And I'm feeling all right now. I started this picture quite a while ago, when I wasn't feeling so great.
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markskywalker Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
Jesus. I wish I could paint like that! Look at all the detail! my goooosh.
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) Detail takes far too long to do...
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markskywalker Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
haha thats why I don't detail when I draw... Also why I suck.
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nex666 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
I don't think it looks awful at all, it's an amazing piece. Especially the brown dragon.
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zarathus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Hey, thank you :) Glad you like it.
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flamingorules Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
I love this! Great Job!
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Amyziel Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
That is truly amazing... O__O
Waah, I'm so jealous to you now! XD
*fav*
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:iconzarathus:
zarathus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
*blinks* But don't be jealous. I had a look at your gallery, and your stuff is rather pretty :O
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Amyziel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
You're very welcome. ^^
Wtf o,o No, it isn't anything compared to your wonderful art. I have to draw like ten thousand years to become even near as good as you are. And I guess we are the same age..? :O

Oh well. Maybe I just have to keep on drawing next 10000 years :XD: I love your drawings! :heart:
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JillianLambertArt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I've seen some impressive watercolor work here on dA, but this is undoubtedly among the best of them! The details are so intricate that it's difficult for me to imagine you having used anything other than colored pencil - something with a sharp tip, anyway. Just looking at the scales, the root-like veins (or vein-like roots), and the shading in Zara's fur has got me spellbound. Very effective and disquieting ambience, and a fantastic concept overall.
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