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Lava Dragon by kerembeyit Lava Dragon by kerembeyit
Please excuse the title, I couldn't come up with an original name :)
I initially made this for the Ancient, Strange & Lovely paperback cover [link]
I made all kinds of versions to sold it [link] but the editor didn't like them,
well they can't all be winners...

Once I finished the original cover for the novel, I came back and revisited
this guy, I have no idea why I added those circles (maybe a desperate attempt
to centralize the composition) but this piece is a clear example why you
shouldn't overwork the figure or the overall painting, this piece didn't work
for some reason and I was blinded by the hours I put into it to finally see
that.

Let that be a lesson for you young padawans!
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:iconbarbossamonkey:
Barbossamonkey Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
And here I thought this was a Deathwing before the plate armor, considering you've been doing a lot of WoW art lately.
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:iconelucive:
eLucive Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is SO good, no, excellent!!! I really love what you have done with the horns and scales.
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:iconnitrapalo:
nitrapalo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Fascinating! I love the circles and everything! Magnificent work!
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:iconleynir:
Leynir Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To me it looks like an ancient mural that is coming to life, maybe someone very foolish summoned the great beast. An awe-inspiring piece of work, indeed!
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:iconfaraxx33:
Faraxx33 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
wow... just wow.
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:iconvivimorena:
vivimorena Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
You are my new love, kerembeyit!
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome
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:iconpuffyzephyr:
PuffyZephyr Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I think that the circles are especially great!
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:iconpuffyzephyr:
PuffyZephyr Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I think that he circles are especially great!
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:iconneoatlantis44:
neoatlantis44 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Amazing ! Great Work.
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Incroyable, vraiment, je suis constamment ébloui par le travail rendu sur chacun de ces Dragons.
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:iconbjderiso:
BJDeriso Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh, restraint. She is a coy mistress.

If it's any consolation, I don't think it subtracts at all.
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:icongensanity:
gensanity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome!
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:iconrafaelmenfis:
RafaelMenfis Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Awesome Job ! I love your works !
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:iconpeppermint334:
Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspiring. Somehow deep and troubling.
I like it!
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:iconcandrydrops123:
candrydrops123 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
This is amazing! YOU ARE SO......gasp*** AWESOME! (couldn't fine any other word to describe it.. >///<
It's so beautiful!
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:iconspleenjuice13:
SpleenJuice13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
damn..he must feel awesome every-bleeping-day! amazing work!
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:iconkoudamainframe:
koudamainframe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Intense. The nostrils remind me of Rathalos. Me Gusta. :3
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:iconlaralluna:
Laralluna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Writer
Mmmmm still a beautiful rendering of a lovely draco. :D :peace:
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:iconomnifighter1:
Omnifighter1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, master Jedi. (chuckles) But it would look nice in a picture frame.
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:icongcartist85:
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
:iconpositivityplz:
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:icongaarafan103:
gaarafan103 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Amazing I love this!

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"In the ark but I see the light."
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:iconegzystencja:
egzystencja Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
He like a Deathwing World of Warcraft
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:iconhero-zeros:
Hero-zeros Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD! awesome!
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:icondragonofforest:
DrAgOnOfFoReSt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Although it "didn't work", I find this fella quite attractive and gorgueous! :iconawwloveplz:
Don't worry, buddy, at least you've TRULY learned something new... =D
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:iconjuan666satan:
juan666satan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
holle como haces tus deviantart siempre me a gustado las imagenes asi y quisiera aprender a hacerla

holle as you make your deviantart always liked me to pictures like this and want to learn to make
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:iconcuriousstraydog:
CuriousStraydog Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! O= The face is so intricate and I love the scales!! The detail in this has just blown me away! Phenominal.
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:iconjohn-peter:
John-Peter Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW
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:iconart-samikahelin:
Art-SamiKahelin Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
nice work!
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:icongravemind1110:
GRAVEMIND1110 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my god this is amazing! No words though :clap:
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconorangeluigi:
orangeluigi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Creepy dragon love it!
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:icondragonman360:
DragonMan360 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWOSME
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:iconkoplia:
Koplia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Would this have been the big mamma dragon in the end? I can't believe how amazing and realistic your dragons are!!! So creative and the shading just tops it all off XD
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:iconsuperpetitpie:
SuperPetitPie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
pure awesomeness
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:iconthehappydayz:
TheHappyDayz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Amazing job!
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:iconepicbattle4:
epicbattle4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
one word
deathwing
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:iconjfitz33:
jfitz33 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
thats exactly what i was thinking lol
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:iconechyakee:
Echyakee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Or Toothless lol
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:iconepicbattle4:
epicbattle4 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
he has teeth =p
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:iconechyakee:
Echyakee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Well the name... durp
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:iconepicbattle4:
epicbattle4 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
huh?
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:iconechyakee:
Echyakee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Uh.. Look up! It's A DRAGON *runs away*
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:iconinsanely-menchi:
insanely-menchi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i like the circle.... it feels like it was summoned..... the halo of light is a bit weird though...... its still awesome!
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:iconxeerinare:
Xeerinare Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks kind of like a bird dragon because of the beak. :3
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:icondraug88:
Draug88 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Deathwing would be a better name for this but i'm pretty sure you'd get into some legal issues if you'd try to sell that
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:iconisissousa2:
isissousa2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's nice f you to show when it works and doesn't for you. I think the background is fantastic, and the dragon, too. But one doesn't fit the other. I think also the dragon's maxilar doesn't fit the perspective. And as there's a transparent gradient from the dragon to the background it makes it lose the depth. But I love the piece anyway and it's great for study and inpiration!
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artununos-k2 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
For a piece that "didn't work", as you put it, it's an awesome picture in and of itself. Great work :D

The dragon reminds me of Neltharion/Deathwing from World of Warcraft, with the fiery mouth and the horn shape :)
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:iconelementofdragons:
ElementofDragons Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
LOVE IT!
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:iconmosobot64:
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, for my money, it kicks ass. Glad to see the work of talented professionals here on DA! :D
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:iconarthousenoir:
aRTHOUSeNoiR Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Fucking SWEEET!!!!
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