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Legend by Kaytara Legend by Kaytara
Once upon a time someone used to come and sit under the gnarled tree on the hill. But he was not as alone as he thought....

Is the dragon looking for companionship? Is it going to gobble up and eat him? Is it simply too big and old to notice another ant scrabbling over its back?

I'll let you be the judge of that.

Painted digitally over (and under) a sketch I did ages ago: kaytara.deviantart.com/art/Myt…

Wacom tablet, Paint Shop Pro 8, and god only knows how many hours. X_x

EDIT: Blue flowers added at the very persuasive "insistence" of my mom. ^^;

EDIT EDIT: It shall look horrible and flat no more! Also made it a bit less dark...

EDIT x3: Gah... Huh... Bwuh? O_O A DD? Wow, guys... Thanks, thanks a lot. O_O

Other installments in what has become the "wood dragon" series:

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-08-10
Legend by *Kaytara

The suggester says of this fantastical and magical piece, "Very touching scene about the heart of nature with beautiful colors."

Take time to check the gallery. Many beautiful works. I adore how *Kaytara incorporates a dragon into the landscape.... as if the dragon is silently watching you without giving itself away. ( Suggested by Azzedar-san and Featured by WDWParksGal )
:iconmosobot64:
Hello again, folks, this is your friendly internet robot sitting on a lovely rolling hill with a (Looks behind)--AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!

Okay, folks, lemme start off with this. As far as I'm conerned, this piece, by :iconkaytara: is just genious. It combines a wonderful grasp of technique and theory with a wonderful love of the fantastic, which I love.

I'm sure we're all familiar with the famed hill from the Nightmare Before Christmas, a strange thing with a tip curling in a downward spiral. Compositionally, this calls back that same hill, though the great earthen dragon's head swoops upward instead, toward the sun, and toward our small figure lost in his own thoughts.

Technique used here is evidentally a speed paint with a special emphasis on grass textures. While it would undoubtedly be well within the artist's ability to paint individual baldes of grass, this would be somewhat inefficient, especially for such a texturally ambitious project.

Overall, this piece shows a great deal of skill combined with a love of the form. I think we painters of the fantastic can all learn something from this.

-Mosobot64
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
79 out of 83 deviants thought this was fair.

:iconkrystal221:
Oh, my god. First, of all, I see no flaws whatsoever in this picture. It is absolutely perfect. I love, no, adore the dragon and the entire make up of it. It is amazing. This is absolutely amazing.

I saw this picture moments ago as a daily deviation thumbnail and thought, "Woah Nellie!"

I was afraid to critique this because there is simply nothing wrong with it and that I wouldn't be able to make it to one hundred words of typing. This art leaves me nearly speechless, and I intend to explore your gallery for more wondrous art such as this. You have just widened the horizon of my imagination. And I am very grateful for that. Thank you for creating this piece. It is truly a wonder of deviantart.com.
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26 out of 29 deviants thought this was fair.

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:iconmikalover139:
mikalover139 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Wow. Just wow.😮
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:iconalexism77:
alexism77 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfect
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:iconpcamenzind:
PCamenzind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Writer
This is really amazing! Most impressive!
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:iconthaumh:
thaumh Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Smaug and Treebeard's love child? Meh. Dragons'll do anything. GORGEOUS piece of art BTW. :)
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Well there's a mental image I hadn't considered. :D
(thank you! )
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:iconninjahammer:
Ninjahammer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
This is my favorite piece of yours, simply gorgeous.

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:iconhaytham-kanway3:
Haytham-Kanway3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Correction, *Little Scavenger*
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:iconjuhupainting:
Juhupainting Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013   Digital Artist
this is cool, I want to sit near that tree too^^
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:iconcandyexorcist:
candyexorcist Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd like to be coherent, but JESUS FUCK
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...Now there's a ship I hadn't contemplated before...
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:iconcandyexorcist:
candyexorcist Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
... Dragon/Jesus?
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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:iconcreepytea:
creepytea Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is stunning *_* I love the amount of detail in this piece.
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:iconjean-claude17:
Jean-Claude17 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No other words: stunning.

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Stand back, I'm going to try Science!! 8-)
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:glomp:
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:icondragonmaximus:
dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
sublime
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:iconv2113:
V2113 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Spectacular concept. I've never heard of this particular concept before. And the execution. Ah. AAH. How do you ART? That is just. Wow. Gorgeous. The DD was VERY much deserved.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. ^^
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:icontinylaughs:
tinylaughs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I love all your images of this creature, but this one may be my absolute favorite. The detail is great, the color and lighting is beautiful. Fantastic work.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. ^^
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:iconheavenstomurgatroyd:
heavenstomurgatroyd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
This is literally flawless. *o*
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:iconsarasama90:
SaraSama90 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome work :heart:!
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:iconvera-ist-44:
Vera-Ist-44 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
wonderful story * _ *
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:iconkjpearl:
KJPearl Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
This is absolutely stunning. I love how majestic the dragon is. The way the dragon is the ground is beautiful and makes the picture feel magical. :love: :heart: :love:
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:iconzoshism:
Zoshism Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colours and lighting on this are so beautiful!
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:icondragonmaximus:
dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
bellissimo
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:iconsapphiredragon245:
SapphireDragon245 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! just...wow!
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:iconnealiios:
nealiios Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've got a very Michael Whelan thing going on in this painting, which coming from me is very high praise. :) Beautiful stuff.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since he's one of my greatest inspirations, I can assure you I appreciate that very much. ^^ Thank you.
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:iconlooselysane:
looselysane Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really Beautiful
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:iconadarion:
Adarion Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, these are wonderful colours of sunset mirrored by a wonderful scene. I really like the idea of this tree-horned dragon with a back full of moss and lawn. Reminds me a little of old Morla from the neverending story. I hope it won't mind elf sitting on his back. Elf and plants go well usually.
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:iconmysterykids:
Mysterykids Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is so beautiful !!!!! I really love it
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:iconlacedharlot:
LacedHarlot Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap this is amazing. <3
It's so creative. c:
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:iconfiery-fire:
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:flirty: You have been featured :eyes:
YEY!!! It's the perfect time of the year to show of my BESTS from 2011 :D :boogie:
Welcome to "Fiery BEST OF 2011 !! & Happy New Year" journal >> [link]
:boogie: :dance: :love: :blowkiss: :snowflake: Happy New Year 2012 !! :boogie: :dance: :love: :blowkiss: :snowflake:
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconarinafoxy:
ArinaFoxy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow! Awesome! Magical!!!
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconnovanplz:
Novanplz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Dear god that is beautiful.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for taking the time to comment! :)
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:iconnovanplz:
Novanplz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
You're welcome!~
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:iconsliver-of-light:
Sliver-Of-Light Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tumblr brought me here! I've always been a fan of dragons and this is incredible. I wish I could be the person underneath the tree.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! And thank you for taking the time to come here. I know Tumblr is suited more to mutely "liking" and rebloggin than commenting. ;)
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:iconcorathedragoness:
Corathedragoness Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
beautifull
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconcorathedragoness:
Corathedragoness Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :)
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:iconbaby-marshmallow:
baby-marshmallow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.....just....wow....words fail me.
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^
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:iconkainaturally:
KaiNaturally Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011   Digital Artist
This is fantasy~ Looks like the dragon has good personality haha
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible!
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:iconjericawinters:
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Poor fella sitting under the tree. I'd have a heart attack and i'm not even old. :o
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