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Blue Domain by Netarliargus Blue Domain by Netarliargus
Blue dragons are the second most powerful of the classic chromatic dragons. They are physically distinguished by the single large horns protruding from their heads and also by their ears, which are rather large and frilled. The tail is thick and bumpy, like that of a caterpillar. The wings are more pronounced than most other species'. They smell like ozone or sand.

They are more likely to be mocking and manipulative than outrightly cruel or murderous to 'lesser' creatures, aided greatly by their natural talents for hallucination. They are infamous for tricking desert travelers into drinking sand or going miles out of their way to avoid nonexistent dust basins.

Blue dragons tend to be carnivorous though they will eat plants on occasion. While almost anything is potential food, a blue dragon prefers camels above all else. They are enemies of brass dragons.

Blue dragons are orderly creatures, and are unusual for chromatics in that they keep fairly well-ordered, hierarchical societies. ~Excerpt from the Draconomicon



It seems I am going through the whole color spectrum, I kinda like how the blue contrasts with his rocky surroundings. Done in CS3 in about twelve hours
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:iconfuriarossaandmimma:
FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Thanks! :D
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
bellissimo
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Lumoswold Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Fuckastic! *-*
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Thanks! :)
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adorety Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic and epic image. Excellent work!
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thanks! :)
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HieizRenryu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely done. crazy scenery, looks like it was taken from a national geographic magazine
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thanks! :D
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:iconhieizrenryu:
HieizRenryu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not bad, not bad at all, but some areas do stick out as odd, such as the highlights and edges on the dragon looks very unnatural (and kind of ruins the picture considering the overall quality of everything else) and the gleam in it's eye just looks, well, bad. (Sorry, there's no other word for it.) There's a few other areas where you painted over the edges of things that just needs to have the opacity lowered a bit since they're to solid right now. (The choice of color is perfect but you need to lower the opacity and/or fill to get some of the natural color and texture variations to show through to make it look natural) But overall it's not bad, I really like the composition and depth you have in this. :)

PS: Listing sources would be nice (and sticking it under photomanipulations.. I'm fairly sure this belongs in that category.)
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MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good job for a fast job. I spent twelve hours on a single set of details on a digital piece I am creating from a scan of a sketch.

I like the colors as well. You appear to be a classically trained artist: You know your complements. Orange is the complementary color for blue. Natural match made from the primaries.

Thanks for all the info.

I have a friend on my page named TwilightSaint. He creates shoulder dragon puppets. You should check his pieces out. They are incredible. You'll likely find a friend as he LOVES dragons as well.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Actually I have no training whatsoever as an artist. It's just a "gut feeling" if you could call it that. :)
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:iconmichelehansen:
MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. One of THOSE--You and my buddy Meezerkat (DA ID). Natural talent. I so totally respect inborn talent...
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Demon-of-Sins666 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
I've read that book your quoting. The dragon looks just like the one in the book! Good job!
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
It's an excerpt from the Draconomicon.
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Demon-of-Sins666 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
oh, not the same book... but it is from the same universe... but anyway you still drew him incredible well
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Thanks, it's from Dungeons and Dragons.
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Demon-of-Sins666 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
yeah, thats what i thought... what an awesome game
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Majcen007 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thou shall not pass! :D

You really outdid yourself this time... I can't even put into words how great this background and dragon look now :)
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks. One does not simply walk into a Blue's domain. :)
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Halesstryx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Awesome work! Loved it!
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks!
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TayJay5 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
That is AWESOME :icondragonnod1:
Lov Eet!!
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks!
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Skaizek Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Wow indeed, thanks. :D
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I really like this. The stocks blends really well with each other.

You may want to watch the pixel density though, you can notice how the camels and the shrubbery beside it are of different resolutions.
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Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks.
So that's what wrong with it. I figured something looked off about them but I couldn't put my finger on it.
You'd say the camels need to be in a higher or in a lower resulution?
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:iconifoldbooks:
IFoldBooks Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Either have the background in a higher resolution (which is impossible) or have the camels in a lower resolution.

Or you can just paint over the whole thing.

I think :P
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Ah, thanks for the tip. :D
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ownall15 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
nice job with photoshop, thats a pretty seemless blending of an illistrated image and an actual photo, at least thats what it looks like. let me know if im wrong.
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
No, you're right, it's a matte painting. If you can't tell the difference between what's a photo and what's drawn then I have done a nice job.
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ownall15 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Ya you really did good, i can barely tell.
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RedMoonRogue Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
UH-OOOOOOH.
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
I am gonna guess that's a uh-ho in the good sense of the word, right?
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:iconredmoonrogue:
RedMoonRogue Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. ;D
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:iconkrazzulimaii:
Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is really well done
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks! :)
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xXShadowGaleXx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
That is absolutely amazing! It looks like you took a photo of the event ^ ^

I swear, one day you are going to be famous for your art...
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Aww, thanks. Though I'm not in it for fame and glory...and I am certainly not going to make a fortune. :D
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Enferlain Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Hey, I've seen this on your fa! That's why I had a deja-vu like feeling. :D Oh kay.
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Indeed you have, now you can look at it twice.
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:iconenferlain:
Enferlain Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
But it's really great :) As I sad you're quite getting quite better at this with each picture you do.
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:iconarkaios:
Arkaios Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic! I love the realistic feel of the character c:
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks! :)
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mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awsom
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:iconnetarliargus:
Netarliargus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconkiinastar:
kiinastar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wow, this is amazing!!!
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