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Gatekeeper by sanguisGelidus Gatekeeper by sanguisGelidus
The last light you will see,
is the fire in his eyes...


YAY!! Drew a dragon again and it was so much fun!! This one took me about 15 hours, all done in PS CS4, I hope you like it! :hug:

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SanguisGelidus has depicted his subject superbly, conveying the power and colossal size of this serpent amongst its environment.

The glowing scars on its body and replicated onto the foreground, gives this ancient creature a back story, as if it were part of the landscape. The great blue ocean has been masterfully captured, the stunning dynamic lighting penetrating through the surface downwards to the depths shows Gelidus' knowledge and practice of painting water. Although it may be argued that this would dwarf the monster with no direct reference for scale, the inclusion of a rocky sea bed reintroduces the creatures size without conflicting with the composition of the piece.

The creatures face has also been executed extremely well, however maybe some fins or limbs could've been added to the 'body', to reinforce the believability of the creatures anatomy. Final criticism, for me, would be with regards to the title of the piece, being named "Gatekeeper" it would've been great to have had a gateway for it to be protecting. Or perhaps that is what the purple glow is being emitted from? That aside, the piece is impeccable in detail and the rich, luminous colours draws the observer inwards.

Fantastic :D

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Man what can I say other that Brilliant technique and style to this imaginative Beauty!!! I love the depth of this and how vivid the colors are!!! They practically caress the edges as if light themselves, it gives form and texture to the look of this fierce beast!!

There's such attention to detail, I love the cracks along the eye and horn that really adds to the character of this beast. To see its burning interior glowing through shows the heated nature of the beast!! An then there's those piercing eyes staring you down as it seems to hold you in its gaze preparing to strike!!
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Angely99 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the dragon's left eye(from dragon's view) is so amazing! And the lighting at the bottom is incredible! :wow:
2ndCandle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the keymaster?

Awesome art :D
Elvia-Zodiac Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
i love the lighting on the bottom
theryo99 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh god this is the creepyest eyes what i see :fear:
mangafa20 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow sehr cool und ich mag die details von diese drache und deie werk is wunderschon.
Kpop-44 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Whoa. That is both creepy and stunning. :heart:
Ellen05 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
…wow O.o
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