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Sovereign by Chromamancer Sovereign by Chromamancer
Finished!
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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:iconnathlin:
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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:iconwynterrx:
WynterrX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
You're so wonderful with color <3 Amazing piece!
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:iconmestreall:
MestreAll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
Great job
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:iconmestreall:
MestreAll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
e of the most beautiful arts I ever seen
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist
These remind me of some of the covers for the dragonlance books I saw when I was a kid.
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:iconnightstatic01:
NightStatic01 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
praise the all mighty dragon lord!! (i know he is king but lord for some reason just sounded cooler)
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:iconmisaki-yui:
Misaki-Yui Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
This is a great job!
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
The Dragon looks so smug...I love it!
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:iconcrimson-dragon-king:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice Job :)
I think the Dragon is the King :)
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:iconlysanderxx:
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.
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Almaoscurecida Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
The perspective is really impressive, very well done ;)
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconbronzeleaf:
Bronzeleaf Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Awesome! Those scales must have taken hours to draw.
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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.
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:iconchromamancer:
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. :)
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:icondragoroku:
DragoRoku Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Here's the link to the completed video [link].
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:iconh-brid:
H-brid Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
waw very awesome piece ! really nice work dear !
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:iconnicoleeirin:
NicoleEirin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the story told by this art.
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:iconalanna-queenofhearts:
Alanna-QueenofHearts Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that looks amazing! -is shocked staring- just amazing I think. You did great ^_^ I also enjoyed some of your other dragon pictures -nods nods-
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tsunami-noboru Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student General Artist
The perspective view on this works so well. It is not over-crowded, but the detail is superb and fits in everything.
Sekhmet
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:icondustomega:
Dustomega Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
That place must have really big doors....that or some kind of hole in the roof for the big guy to fly out of.
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:iconrekalnus:
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bowing and dipping a wing too.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
It's an honor.
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:iconfirebreathe:
firebreathe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Breathtaking colorworks and perspective. Also I bow to the king :)
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
The perspective on this piece was especially fun to work with.
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s-blue-faerie Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Love this work, I can definitely get a feel for the perspective.
I feel like this is a scene out of a high-end animated movie :)

One Hundred is a lot of layers, I'm surprised Oekaki didn't freeze out on you. Beautiful, one of my favourites, I should definitely, spend as much as time as you did on your pictures, I just get so pissed off, I don't want to look at my pictures after the 4 hour mark.

Anyways, enough of my rambling, you have greatly improved !!
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:iconadreos:
Adreos Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just pure awesome chrom. You never cease to astound me with your work.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you. :)
I'll always keep doing my best to improve.

How have you been, by the way?
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:iconadreos:
Adreos Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Busy. Its called work. I only JUST got caught up on my deviations.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
I know how that is.
Sometimes it feels like it takes me forever to get caught up on things, too.
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:iconlibertades:
Libertades Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My eyes melted of awesomeness
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I'm glad you enjoyed it. ;)
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:iconflygon717:
Flygon717 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist
EPIC!
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you. :)
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:iconflygon717:
Flygon717 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome
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:icondracoastra:
DracoAstra Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
This is just incredible awesome... again. And you are getting even better.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you very much.
I'm glad to hear that. :)

I'll do my best to continue improving.
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:icondracoastra:
DracoAstra Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
I am looking forward to be impressed by you again ;)
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:iconhumanofprey:
humanofprey Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice coloring work, i love the tones of orange and the details on the dragon :thumbsup:
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
This one was quite a fun piece to draw.
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:icon331060:
331060 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the angle this is drawn at. It makes the dragon look even bigger.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thank you very much. :)
It was a fun perspective to draw from. Upward angles like this are more difficult to visualize sometimes, but they can make things stand out nicely, I think.

I'm glad you enjoy it!
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:icontheoriginaldragongod:
Theoriginaldragongod Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If my ebook was free, could I use this image as a cover?
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Hmm... I'll have to think about it. Send me a note some time, if you're still interested.
I was planning on making two more related to this one soon...
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:iconaiko-akita:
Aiko-Akita Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing- I especially love the perspective.
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Thank you!
It was a fun one to work on. :)
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:iconmike-dragon:
Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*mind blown* o_o
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
:D

Sounds like a did a good job, then. ;)
I'm glad you like this piece.
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:iconmike-dragon:
Mike-Dragon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:icondrake09:
Drake09 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
and yes i did suggest it as a print
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:iconchromamancer:
Chromamancer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
I've submitted it. :D
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