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Western Black Back Dragon 01 by Baron-Engel Western Black Back Dragon 01 by Baron-Engel
This was a series study sketches I did around the time of doing Dragon's Toy 2 [link] . The illustrations are also part of a project I have worked on and off again for the last few years. The idea is to produce a book about dragons that is written in a fashion similar to a wildlife guide. I should give the concept another looking over since my writing skills are starting to show signs of improving.
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Kazzellin Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My only issue with this piece is it's not giving me the optin to zoom in so the writing is easier to read. Not your fault, though.

The dragon playing with the barrel is amusing. Awesome concept - I never thought of the idea of a dragon as a kind of packrat, but it makes sense. XD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If you click on download image it give you are larger version of the image that you don't have to save,but will let you view the text in the piece.
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Kazzellin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall have to remember that for next time. :)
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Wow, such greatly-detailed dragon descriptions and drawings.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I will be posting more dragon stuff in the future.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
:D
Your Dragon is gorgeous.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll be posting a couple more of these studies over the next few days.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Well, I can't wait to see them do. :)
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Huh, interesting! Your artstyle seems to fit decently on dragons as well xD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like my dragons. It is an interesting comment though. I really don't see my style fitting or not fitting a particular subject matter. Maybe actually art style or school of style. Example, my usual style would not lend itself well to nonobjective abstract art, but if it is a physical, representational object I seem to make it stick most times.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I won't claim to have used the word correctly here... I'm not exactly a terribly artsy person. If it helps, what I meant was something along the lines of "I like how your artstyle represents this thing", which may be a somewhat different meaning. I'm also rather fond of how many details you have.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, okay that makes more sense. Glad you like the sketches.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're quite welcome xD
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ardashir Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
He's a magnificent creature. i especially like the detail sketch of the hand.
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MalimarTheMage Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice. I used to draw dragons a lot when I was younger XD
Hey, could you please make it so we can view your sketches in full scale, including this one? I always want to get a better look at the details of your smaller sketches, but I can't zoom in far enough here to do so properly.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Click download image and you can view at full size. You don't have to save it to your hard drive but you'll be able read the text much easier.
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MalimarTheMage Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Alright. Thanks.
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JuliusScipio Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Writer
I love how the things you draw just seem so full of story. :)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very happy you are finding so much in my work.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Great descriptions! Love the insights on the dragon's thoughts as he looks at himself. And the concept for the book is awesome! It would be great if you got around to finishing and publishing it.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Cool. Interesting tidbits in the text. Maybe that was behind all the stories about hoarding. Dragons just wanting the shiny stuff.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that's the problem with saying dragons just want "shiny stuff" though... in fact they prefer items that have a high material value than just "shiny". that's why their hoards are filled with money and valuable treasure.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well some dragons in this universe are going to be more "discriminating" in their choice of hoard, but some of them just like shiny, bright and interesting stuff.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, that's true... and every time i see one do it i have to resist the urge to facepalm if it's a full grown one... i can understand the younger ones being adorable for it... but not the older ones.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Nicely detailed, and I love the tone of the writing.

Now all I can think of is Douglas Adams reading this like he did for his audiobook version of Last Chance to See.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is a project I should give time to.
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Rayhiros Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
But I must say very inspiring and natural looking. A really nice concept about the dragon.
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