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Hi guys, here goes a commission I done the last year for:iconaeonoftime:: A dragon, the dragon.. did you know Beowulf story helps to create the archetype for the modern occidental dragon? . hope you like it :)
Bamboo/pscs/7hours/music: Call of the dragon - therion.
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In the third act of the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, the hero Beowulf fights a dragon, the third monster he encounters in the epic. Having returned home from Heorot, where he killed Grendel and Grendel's mother, Beowulf becomes king of the Geats, and rules wisely for 50 years. When a slave steals a jewelled cup from a dragonlair, the angry dragon brings destruction to the homes of Beowulf's people. With his thanes, Beowulf goes to slay the dragon; however faced with the dragon the thanes run away in fear. Only Wiglaf stays with Beowulf. The dragon wounds Beowulf fatally, and Wiglaf slays the dragon.

This depiction indicates the growing importance and stabilization of the modern concept of the dragon within European mythology. In fact, Beowulf is the first piece of English literature to present a dragonslayer. Although many motifs common to the Beowulf dragon existed in the Scandinavian and Germanic literature, the Beowulf poet was the first to combine features and present a distinctive fire-breathing dragon. The Beowulf dragon was copied in literature with similar motifs and themes surrounding the use of dragons in fiction such as in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, one of the forerunners of modern high fantasy.

The dragon fight, occurring at the end of the poem, is foreshadowed in earlier scenes. Beowulf's fight with the dragon symbolizes the fight against evil and destruction; in fighting the dragon the hero knows a failure on his part will cause destruction to his people. The scene is structured in thirds and ends with the deaths of the dragon and the hero.
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:iconmantadrifter:
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
You have skill I bow to it.
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michaelcrutcher Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Epic!
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Brighthalk Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That looks really cool. I looked at your other art and I think you're style is awesome too, keep drawing!
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Kisilewicz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I like your style, but those wings are completely non-functional. It's quite common when people are drawing dragons and other winged creatures. The wings have almost no substance and they aren't attached in any meaningful way. Dragon wings should be attached with huge pectoral muscles and they should look far more powerful than the other limbs. Wings have to do tremendous amount of work lifting his massive body off the ground, keeping it afloat and supporting it in the air. Imagine the amount of strength required in that task and the workout they get every day.
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NemesisAuthority Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG This is so nice!
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:icontebbyzed:
TebbyZed Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love the anatomy on the piece. Well done.
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Ramman05 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Awesome Job man! :D
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:iconleo256:
Leo256 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Always a grand piece, hope one day to get to your lvl of artistic greatness.
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Josh592 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Writer
Bad ass!!
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:iconkorombos:
Korombos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Very nice dragon. The Welsh Red is one of my favorites. I like the underbite muzzle you gave him.
(Wikiwrong. Beowulf fatally wounds the dragon in the flank after Wiglaf wounds it in the belly. Beowulf succumbs to the Dragon's venom, but not before getting an eyeful of the treasure he died for: he had Wiglaf fetch it for him.)
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xxAkatsukiGirl85xx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
a very fantastic picture :iconawwwplz:
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:iconjavavenos:
javavenos Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is immense!
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:iconthelongdreamer:
thelongdreamer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amazing!!!
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool!
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DutchPaperboy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
i like this dragon the most... i guess because its shiny :D
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:icongobbistar:
Gobbistar Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
So awesome!
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:iconguldier:
Guldier Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Simply amazing, well done.
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:iconmenrowspirit:
MenrowSpirit Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
The detail and work you put into this is mindblowing
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:icondysartist:
Dysartist Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome work dude :clap:
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:iconhellknite:
hellknite Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Seriously amazing work, love it! :)
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:iconginseikitsune:
GinseiKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that looks a little like drago from bakugan brawlers new vestroia o.o the head with the loongg pointy thingy
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SuperdragonFeuragon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Wow Great. I really like it.
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mechanut721 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Well, for me, the monsters in Beowulf were reflections of humanity's dark sides. Grendel was the price of arrogance, Grendel's mother was the act of vengence, and finally, the Dragon was the reflection of man's greed and pride. Pride, because the dragon was certain that it would continue to burn the Thanes to the ground, but ended up being stabbed by Wiglaf. Greed, simply because of the slave. But my beef with Beowulf was that in some instances, he is more of a monster than the monsters he fights. Yes, trophies were acceptable in his time, but taking the parts of the dead is disrespectful for the honor of the fallen. And no leader - modern or not- would have allowed Grendel to devour one of their men before attacking. But this pic does capture the raw, wild, and arrogantly proud essence of the dragon, and for that, five stars.
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Valvado Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
This is incredible! Beautiful work congrats :D

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:iconflopish:
flopish Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece :)
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:icongreedhyogi:
GreedHyogi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is BEAUTIFUL! Hes perfect!
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:iconpoochiepoochie:
Poochiepoochie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Artist
how long did that take u to do

I LOVE DRAGONS THEY ARE AWESOME
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:iconpencilart105:
PencilArt105 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing. Just amazIng.
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really gorgeous. The use of color in this is very interesting.
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DreamingOfTheForest Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!! :D
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mac-theteenwolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
i really like the dino like face, it makes the dragon more realistic
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pokemonfart Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Writer
OMG THIS IS SO EPIC. IF I COULD I WOULD MAKE THIS TEXT EVEN BIGGER.
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ShanesistheName Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
wow
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JACK-IN88 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
"OMG!!!" isn't enough to express my astonishment!!!
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Wordless-Thoughts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! Not sure how you did it, but this is really detailed and interesting...
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:icongrasschamp:
Grasschamp Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragon+Red+Magnificent BG= Epic Finished Picture.

You get llama!
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:iconconscript900:
conscript900 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing drawing.
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
great
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Schnuffelienchen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
he has a great po xD
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edenemma1 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Okay, one word: Amazing.
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LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Writer
This is an amazing piece of art.....and I happen to be in need of a profile avatar....may I use this drawing?
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Deepwallow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is what real red dragons look like!
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sumoowl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
coooooooooooooooooooooooooool
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:iconblackreper:
BlackReper Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I love dragons, they're awesome
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WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Now THIS is a dragon. I absolutely adore it when a dragon is done right. So many dragons look disproportionate and weird, but yours is a complete pro's work. Any chance this dragon comes in blue?
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woodywoodwood Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so good i have it as one of my backgrounds on my laptop
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:iconkrakenownsyou:
krakenownsyou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice drawing dude
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charla316 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
page issues 2 times a charm wright ?

in a movie i watch of beowolf anybody notice they had issues wanting sons and thats why the kings did it with grendels mother
i am not a fan of the freaking weird movie nothing made any sence to me
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charla316 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
awsome drawing
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Ewcian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I mean wing skin :)
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