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Sovereign by Chromamancer Sovereign by Chromamancer
I think most of you will see which one is the king. ;-)

I posted a WIP for this a while back, and I've been making changes to it since then. I decided to use the dragon, but add some more symmetric foreground elements, so the piece as a whole doesn't look off balance. I think the final composition turned out well. The converging lines in the background were especially fun to work with. Warm color schemes are addictive, too. ;)

This piece was quite a lot of work.
I always want to make each piece of art I make better than my last ones, and one way I go about that is by putting some more time into the details.
This one went through several different revisions, but after spending so long on this picture, I think I'm in the mood for some quicker pieces next. This one had over 100 layers. :P

That may not be the pinnacle of efficiency, but at I am proud of the final result, so the time spent was worthwhile, in my opinion.

Enjoy the art!
Comments and criticism are always welcome, too. :D
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This piece is again a masterwork by the Color Wizard. The sort of fisheye-lens bend given to the perspective really encapsukates the scope and helps to convey themes of power, authority and perhaps a bit of opressiveness and tyranny. The dragon here acts well as the power behind the throne, the oligarch of influential persons, corporations and other appointees serving the dwarfed head-of-state, who in reality has much less of the power. This eternal conflict of politics is exemplified perfectly when you consider the range of gold colours used, which is both a colour associated with wealth and luxury as well as fire and power. The dragon embodies the idolization of power that the monarch posesses, rather than the power that he actually wields. It could also be that instead of being the monarch's personal dragon, that the king is the dragon's personal monarch, speaking for it to the people who live in what appears a harsh, dusty clime, which would certainly be a very interesting take on the piece and a brilliant way to look at it.

While Chromamancer's work is impressive both from a visual and artistic perspective, some less impressive aspects which hold this piece back from being perfect must be mentioned for the sake of betterment. Many of Chromamancer's works, while toying with colour ranges, typically do lack colour contrast, and that can be seen here. Although an attempt was made with the inclusion of the steel and silver fashionings, as well as the bright reds which dot the "throne room", these seem to be added on more as an afterthought, partly due to their lack of shadows (speaking in particular about the dragon) and also due to the fact that they are so bright. While green and purple would most likely have not worked here, and adding any colour to the dragon's scales would have taken away from the effect, it would have been nice to see some counterbalance to the strong sense opression that comes from the piece, a light of hope to guide us through the opression, perhaps in the form of stained-glass reliefs in those arches, or a white sun — but then, I am probably missing the point.

Despite all of that, though, this is still excellent work, and Chromamancer deserves every piece of praise he will surely get for it. I'm very glad I saw it.
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This is the probably the most intense picture I've seen. The angle is so dramatic and the colours all blend perfectly and at the same time, stand out. The location of which they reside in is clearly (to me) a cathedral ruin, which tells a story of conquest, and that fits dragons perfectly. The insane amount of gold also contributes to the feel of might and power.

The only true weakness I could point out is the dragon's "thumbs", which seem to just "pop up" out of the wing.

I was so amazed by this beautiful mix of history, might and colour that I decided to write my first critique ever on dA. Needless to say, if I could favourite this again, I definitely would.
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Misaki-Yui Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This is a great job!
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
The Dragon looks so smug...I love it!
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Job :)
I think the Dragon is the King :)
LysanderxX Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Time well spent. The dragon is magnificent. I can see all the detail you put into his scales. The jewelry is interesting, even on his tail and horns. He looks rather happy with himself.
Almaoscurecida Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
The perspective is really impressive, very well done ;)
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you. :)
Bronzeleaf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Awesome! Those scales must have taken hours to draw.
DragoRoku Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I would be truly honored if you would allow me to use this pic in a Dragon's secret lives montage video. If you would say yes I will compensate by putting your name, screen or real if you prefer, on the pic along with the credits, and the description with a link to your DA page next to it.
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Sure. You have my permission to use this piece. :)

I'm honored that you want to include this picture, and a link to my DA page with my screen name would be greatly appreciated.
Also, let me know when the montage video is done, so I can check it out. :)
DragoRoku Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Here's the link to the completed video [link].
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