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Dragon World by tygriffin Dragon World by tygriffin
Digitally colored version of graphite sketch (slightly revised) previously posted here:
tygriffin.deviantart.com/art/D…

Edit: Adding in some of the background story about the inspiration because of questions I've been getting about it:
The Dragon World illustration is all my own, from concept sketching to final illustration. I designed the icons in the floating panels, the floating city, the costume, etc.  However, the initial incentive to create it was inspired by one of the challenges posted over on Jon Schindehette's ArtOrder to "draw a dragon" because I needed to create some additional illustrations in this particular style...I wrote a bit of a story idea, came up with a protagonist that might live in this dragon world I had imagined, and also considered how to give a glimpse of some sort of religion, politics, etc.  :)

Quote: "This month's challenge takes an iconic figure in the fantasy genre, and adds a layer of complexity.

The Dragon - Create a cool dragon and show me that you know dragons. Show me the emotional resonance that comes with a dragon. Capture the "essence" of a dragon, and breath some life into it.

The World - Now, you've got to integrate it into the world. And by "integrate", I'm talking about more than just dropping a dragon into a scene. That isn't integration, that's just an illustration. "Integration" is showing how the world lives with, reacts to, is affected by, and influenced by the dragon. Maybe dragons are common place in your world and they blend into everyday life. Maybe there is only one in the world, and the myth of it is reflected throughout the world. Maybe your dragon is simply symbolic and you have to show it's influence and integration in novel ways..." 

ArtOrder Challenge link: www.theartorder.com/blog/drago…
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Given 2014-05-04
A prime example of traditional and digital techniques coming together to create a stunning piece, that could also very well be the definition of Fantasy in an image.

Dragon World by tygriffin ( Suggested by sincebecomeswhy and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic!
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tygriffin Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Been away from DA for a bit -- it was an awesome surprise this morning to see my Dragon World received a DD!
Thank you all so much! :)
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calcol28 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colors around the cards and the expression on the characters face. Very nice!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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ThePhoenixKing32 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this based off of something, or completely made up?
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SmallAustrianVillage Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While the name "Dragon World'' is the title of a book, it looks like from the other piece it was based on that it is original art and not fan related.
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ThePhoenixKing32 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So... The picture itself is completely made up? I feel like I could write a story based off that picture... Just saying...
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SmallAustrianVillage Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe so. Note the artist to be certain.
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ThePhoenixKing32 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
K
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chibi-demon-angel694 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :)
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Vespayik Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness this is incredible! So much detail-- it's beautiful!
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Karinta Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow she looks brilliant!! I love the stylised background, as well as her hair!! :XD:
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BeuArty Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Very mystical 
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Wildphoenix22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous drawing! I love your coloring style. It almost reminds me of watercolors.
Congrats on the DD!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding!
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nickdragonheart Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
makes me think of merlin , when his was asked why the kingdom wall would fall every night and he said about two dragons would come and fight. your work is wonderful :>
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AnneBanan Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Nicely drawn and colored. I love how distinctly the cards in front pop out!
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AygulBaghirovA Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful work! There is a story here, or is it many stories? Congrats on the DD!
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Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconcongratsddplz:
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Reydall Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Really great work, the sketch is already very good, the colored version is even better!
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naseem-art12 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the dragons in the background. This looks like a professional did it!!!
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lkymp Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student General Artist
thats really cool. Is this from a movie or videogame?=P (Razz) Heart 
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mea00 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice! Congrats on the DD
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wytherwing Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
outstanding work and a well-deserved DD! :thumbsup:
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neoowl Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Amazing work :)
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GrimDreamArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on well deserved DD!
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vonnbriggs Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow , I love how you posed the dragons in the back ground 
reminds me of that cool dragon fight book I like as a kid :iconllama3dplz:
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Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Vermithrax...?
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Jinxed-blacktail Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn :o I wanna step into that world and hear theirs stories...
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Ineia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Gorgeous work!
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tygriffin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Ineia! :)
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rawromatic-jdh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not to say your other version isn't good, but i do quite like it better with the colour, it adds more depth and interest to the image
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tygriffin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, rawromatic-jdh!
It was a bit of an experiment with how I painted this one, a slightly different palette then some of my previous work along with the much more detailed drawing process to set most of the values. Glad you liked it. :)
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Dyun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful details and great job coloring it in. That city in the background is very nice.  Is it an illustration for anything, or just a personal work? 
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tygriffin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Dyun! It was personal work, inspired by one of the ArtOrder Challenges run by Jon Schindehette. :)
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Dyun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Ok. Well-done! :) 
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