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Seiryuu by Chromamancer Seiryuu by Chromamancer
Finally finished!
From the initial sketch, every piece of this picture changed at least once. Overall, this was a very frustrating piece to work on. It's been a while since I've drawn an eastern style dragon, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It took several attempts to find a good pose and design, but I think it turned out well in the end. ;)

I've been trying out some different brush packs lately. The magic circles are stock from [link]
I usually try not to use stock like that, but those circles were too cool to pass up. My attempt was much less impressive, but maybe I'll design a few awesome ones someday.
Making that mirror was one of my favorite parts of this picture.

Also, I tried to show a smoother texture and more even distribution of detail on this picture, compared to my last few pieces.

I defined a few custom brushes when making this one, and have uploaded them here for people to use: [link]

I hope you enjoy it! :)
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:iconkazu-kei:
A very stunning and eye catching artwork!
The dragon itself provides a fantastic flowing movement to the piece, and the hues of its scales blend perfectly with the surrounding atmosphere. The illuminating blues of the mirror and eyes are a well placed vocal point here, immediately drawing the eye to it, then gradually moving along the length of the dragon's body.

The shading provides a brilliant amount of depth and is placed correctly, adding to the tranquility of the artwork. The surrounding swallows(?) put the size of the beast in perspective, as one can imagine seeing it soaring above a distant horizon- a very stunning sight.

The background is decently balanced in the respect that it does not draw focus from the dragon, but still adds the right hues to complement the beast. The double moon is also very beautiful.

The only aspect I can't help but wonder on is the length of the front arms/legs. The shoulder seems a bit longer than it should be, and I can't imagine how the dragon would look if it was standing on solid ground. Of course this may have been what you had intended, but personally it doesn't look quite right to me.

But overall a very imaginative and beautiful artwork! The effort you put into this really shows, and the procrastination was well worth the final result! :)
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AmesRed Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016
sky noodle
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:iconnathon128:
nathon128 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Majestic. =D
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
Thank you very much. :)
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DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Filmographer
aww beautiful! 
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Agacora Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This reminds me of Studio Ghibli 
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missusmusic Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I saw this image pop up on Imgur and it was so stunning I just had to find it. Took me a while because most of the "similar images" are for wallpaper websites.  Glad I found this though!  It's a really amazing piece of work. Great job!
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ohitsuji101 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!!!*dies*
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DarknessRequiems Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic *-*
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StrictlyAshleyDee Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If Dr. Seuss had a medieval version of his children books. The physic of the dragon really reminds me of some of his character concepts. Do you see it?

Still originality in it, great, and different. :heart: The entire piece is absolutely gorgeous.
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EvilChibiInu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I gasped when I saw this o-o This is absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you.
It's an honor to hear that. :)
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:iconultra-maniac-lover:
ultra-maniac-lover Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*0* amazing!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
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:icondiblet:
Diblet Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you to get this good with this amazing detailed work? I wish I was like this sooo bad. TT_TT
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I know how that feels.
It's tough to say, there. I've been drawing for quite a while, but I got much more motivated once I joined DA. There was just so much awesome art on here beyond anything I saw before that it really inspired me to practice up and start learning, instead of just trying to draw things, if that makes sense.

Feel free to ask anytime if you have questions, and I'll do my best to help out.
I can always bombard you with interesting tutorials and process work that I tend to look through.
Art can be frustrating sometimes. There is always more out there to learn, but that's part of the fun of it, too. ;)
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Copper-LightSource Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
This is amazing the deragon is very beautiful and graceful.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thank you.
On this one, I tried to add in a bit of a cursive flow to the body.
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Copper-LightSource Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
They color scheme is just gorgeous, and all the colors relate to eachother, wow you really know how to use your program!
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:iconbreathflux:
BreathFlux Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*W* awesome
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
I am in awe.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
It's an honor to hear that. :)
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
It's an honor to say that.
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CornyCreations Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
My god.. Such a Piece... Simply amazing!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you very much.
I'm glad you enjoy it. :D
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:iconcornycreations:
CornyCreations Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
enjoy is an under statement :D
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:icontheoriginaldragongod:
Theoriginaldragongod Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so pretty! wish i could use it as a cover~
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you very much. :D
I've thought about drawing a set of the directional guardians... Byakko might be really fun, too.
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:iconazureparagon:
AzureParagon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Symbolic, stellar, and masterful.

Ended up falling in love with this masterpiece. :heart:
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
This one was a lot of fun to make.
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:iconazureparagon:
AzureParagon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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noapotter Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Unbelievably beautiful and original! <3 :O
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you very much. :D
I'm glad you enjoyed this piece.
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:iconfaithlesshyren:
FaithlessHyren Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful image...
it's sad that this website [link] doesn't give you credit for it.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you very much!

Thanks for the heads-up, too.
I might try sending them an email about that... I don't mind the free download, but it would be nice to be cited as the source on there, at least.
I've had to deal with a few sites like that, since the DD.
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FaithlessHyren Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
(I am also unsure why I commented on this with my alt account. o.o )
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FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful ^^.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Thank you very much.
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:iconzankaru:
zankaru Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
This is breathtaking!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
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PearlHyperVortex Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
pretty much the coolest dragon picture I have EVER seen.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
I'll do my best to continue improving and making interesting things.
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hydra30 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
this is very stunning. do you have a backround story to this magnificent creature?
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Thank you very much. :)

I don't have much of a background story behind this one. Sometimes I do, but this piece evolved quite a bit as I worked on it, so while I am proud of the finished result, it is completely different from my original idea. Sometimes it's just best to go with the flow.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The glowing blue you put in there made it really look magical, keep up the fantastic work!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Thank you.
I'll do my best to continue improving and making interesting things. :)
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KaitlinDragon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning and elegant.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Thank you.
I'm glad you enjoy it. :)
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DivineRaven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is simply stunning. I love the movement and the design of the dragon.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Thank you very much. :)
I'm glad you enjoyed this piece.
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