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July 9, 2011
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True Power by aetherfang True Power by aetherfang
So, here is a dragon I finally got around to finishing. I sketched this beastie out in a class over a year ago, and he has patiently waited to be finished.
I've tried coloring this a couple of times, but I've never liked how it turned out. Part of the difficulty is that I suck at linearting, cuz for some reason I just can't draw a straight line. So, now that I am a wizard with the Illustrator pen tool, I started lining with that. I believe that this is probably about the best project I have completed to date, and I'm very eager to do more like it.

Story behind the phrase-
Having just graduated with a Creative Writing degree, I have discovered that art of any kind is hugely under-appreciated. We are taking away more and more funding, and it is nearly impossible to make a living doing any form of art. However, our cultures revolve around art in every form. Without using our imaginations, humanity as we know it would not exist. We would not be able to advance if we did not image things that do not currently exist.
Dragons seem to be a pretty good representative of imagination, so I paired this handsome fellow up with this phrase.
To sum up, this picture is to support all those of us in any artistic field who feel like giving up. There will come a time when people recognize the effort that you put into your work, and will appreciate what you are doing.

Sorry for the long rant ^^;
Now onto the stats-

Time- 1.5 hours Sketch
about 4 hours Illustrator
about 5 hours Photoshop

Stock used-
*kuschelirmel-stock's Star Brush stock for Photoshop. Check out their gallery, they have fantastic stock!!!

Materials used-
Pencil and Sketchbook
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
Excessive amounts of the smudge tool :)
Wacom Bamboo pen tablet
7 packs of fruit snacks

Favorites and comments are hugely appreciated! Critique is also appreciated, just no flaming or hurling insults.

Also, open for commissions for art, hats and websites!

Also, let me know if you would like to see a step-by-step on this one, I have everything saved :D

Annnnnnnd.... as always, gotta put the disclaimer on-

Art c. Tania Richter/AetherFang 2011
You may NOT use, replicate, manipulate, or modify this image without my permission. All Rights Reserved.
Just don't steal. Respect the artist and the art.
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Ahkroma Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very creative<! Nice technique :) I think people make digital painting in a very boring way, that's why I prefer traditional. But you found the way to use the computer in a diferent way and make something very interesting and very beautiful. :heart:
aetherfang Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you, I really appreciate it! I'm going to be trying this method on a few other pictures, hopefully they turn out like this one!
Basslover588 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow...I bet looking at that thing is pretty trippy. XD On a more serious note, it's positively gorgeous. :D
aetherfang Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks, you should see the original gradient version. That's definitely trippy :D
Basslover588 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, I bet! Must've been hard on the eyes after a while. XD
Silver-StarFire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow. that dragon paired with the phrase just empowers the image.
the endless star ocean could represent endless power.
the swirly and ... "fading" metalic colours of the dragon is all that imagination.
I can't think up any more words to describe this wonder... *in awe*
aetherfang Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for your kind words!
Silver-StarFire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"give credit where credit is due* np ^.^
CorruptTempest Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done, incredibly original, and most otherworldly :wow:
aetherfang Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you!
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