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Ten years ago, I drew a very strange dragon for my little brother. I decided to re-create the thing to see if I've gotten any better. ;)

Painted digitally using Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom pen tablet. 30+ hours.

Additional images and information on the process can be found at www.artstation.com/artwork/905…

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© Donavan Neil

The original drawing:

Dragon by donavanneil

"About 10 years ago, my little brother, shadacate, asked me to draw a dragon. We had just visited the library together, and among the books we took home, there was a picture book about monsters. Many of the illustrations were of human-creature mashups: werewolves and were-spiders and the like. I went to work on a human-dragon hybrid for my 6 year-old brother.

The difficulty I encountered in the design process is that I am an analytical, conceptual artist; I seem to have no ability to create anything that isn't purposeful and thematic; and so, what I created was a bizarre exploration of the repercussions of sexual repression and the denial of sexual agency, a totally age-inappropriate, angry piece of political and confessional art heaped in bloody, Biblical imagery.

Though he might have preferred a standard European swords-and-magic dragon, my brother has loved this drawing for a decade. Because of the sentimental value it's taken on, I decided it would be the perfect candidate for a do-over."

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:icondeena-lee-sauve:
Deena-Lee-Sauve Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!!
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:icondonavanneil:
donavanneil Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Thank you! Love 
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:icondeena-lee-sauve:
Deena-Lee-Sauve Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My Pleasure
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GuilhermeMonquero Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
Wow! Love it!
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:icondonavanneil:
donavanneil Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconschlossbauer:
Schlossbauer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017   Digital Artist
great composition and atmosphere 
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:icondonavanneil:
donavanneil Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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laurex2010 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
The colors fit so good 
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:icondonavanneil:
donavanneil Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you. I worked quite a bit to get those right. :)
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maims79 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
LOVE ❤️❤️❤️
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Love 
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:icondeltaponyrainbowdash:
DeltaPonyRainbowDash Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student Artist
Very excellent work m8, looks so beautiful! ^w^
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:icondonavanneil:
donavanneil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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DeltaPonyRainbowDash Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student Artist
You're so very very welcome!! ^w^
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hoovcat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing! Even though I personally prefer the original style, the new one shows lots of improvement. The anatomy looks great and almost photo realistic :D
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D


I'm glad the improvement shows, though I am a little vexed that I still haven't outrun how much people like that old drawing. ;P One reason I wanted to try the idea again is that the original drawing is still the thing people I know tell me they remember and love, and I can't stand how glaring its mistakes are! Haha I hoped I could make something to outshine it. 

I'm glad the work I've done on anatomy and rendering skin is apparent. :) How about the composition? I feel like that's still my weakness, but I do think this is much stronger.
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hoovcat Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Compositionally I love it, for me the fire in the bottom right balances out the snake in the upper left. The only thing that really throws me off at all is the snakes head. The color is a bit darker than the body and maybe too big? You could possibly put the old head in for the new drawing (keep in mind I really don't know much about these things xD) Anywho, It's amazing regardless :)
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