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Tears of the Dragon

IT is the Beast, the dragon, the struggle, the gods, the obstacle we must conquer.
She is the Maiden, the virtuous, the lover, the sacrifice, the coveted, the romance, Andromeda, that which must be saved or protected.
He is the Warrior, the King, the Everyman, Lancelot, Sigfreid, Perseus, Beowulf, Arthur.

I put a lot of visual metaphor in this – a subject I rarely tackle, and would still argue I don’t tackle well. But as I wanted to convey ‘Classical’ themes to escort my classic nude, her tormentor, and her would-be savior, it seemed I had to pull out all the stops. As it is, this went through 3 compositions before I finally ended up with this, and before this they were all horizontal and simply not working. I knew that I wanted to pay homage to Gustav Dore’ (or at least learn from his style), so that meant oodles of detail and shade and form. I also knew that I wanted the three subjects, and I built from there. Here, as in much mythology, the pillar to which she is bound is phallic, the sea-foam and spray is representative of the semen of gods, the maelstrom is the Final Battle, etc, etc. In the end this is once more one of those pieces that I spent so much time and effort on over so long that I’m really going to have to step back a time to decide whether or not I accomplished what I set out to do…

9x12 (cropped), Pen & Ink (Micron) on Strathmore 400. 15, 20, 25 hours, I really don’t know…

The gorgeous model I referenced is Carly, as magnificently shot by Mjranum, and used with his permission. [link]

The Knight was referenced from Armor by Cobweb_stock [link]

I researched the crashing waves and clouds as best I could online and staring at Dore’s art, and the pillar is a rock formation from a shot I took in the WI Dells, like this: [link] .

:iconmjranum: :iconmjranum-stock: :iconcobweb-stock: :iconmonstersandmaidens:


A 'Clean' Version of this appeared in Abandoned Towers Magazine 4: [link]
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:iconherod-u:
Herod-U Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This girl is looks better then the original model .
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DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks
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HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Epic!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconshadowkey392:
Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
You make this sound sooo epic
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrwodahs:
rwodahs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Definately my fantasy of Andromeda! Nicely done.
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconinlovewithutopia:
InLoveWithUtopia Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
very great work!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconinlovewithutopia:
InLoveWithUtopia Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
:) no prob at all
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:iconbrutiey:
Brutiey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
WOW very nice
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconlukhanus:
Lukhanus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Very cool concept!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:icontigerrrsharrrk:
TigerrrSharrrk Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Absolutely beautiful piece...
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :bow:
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:iconaxelroxmasox:
AXELROXMASOX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
heehee shes nekkid :iconceilingpedobearplz:
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:iconodavis:
odavis Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
This is quite nice, Doc. One of your best IMO. :D
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks... I still love it too
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:iconodavis:
odavis Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
:nod:
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:iconspiritwar:
spiritwar Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Fantastic work!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank ye!
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:iconemptiness137:
Emptiness137 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
very nice.
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconallanotero:
AllanOtero Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Simply amazing! I love your womens and details... and that terrific dragon!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconasfodelo:
Asfodelo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student General Artist
awesome work..great job with the details, shadows and, of course, the composition and the main idea :)
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconasfodelo:
Asfodelo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
you're most welcome :)
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:iconblindgamer:
BLINDGAMER Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
...Sweet
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thnx
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:iconschwarzerdrachen:
SchwarzerDrachen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
And I was once the dragon, I hope never to be that again
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:iconjochannon:
jochannon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
This is just incredible.
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks very much!
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:iconjochannon:
jochannon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Don't mention it.
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:icongeorgie-loo:
Georgie-loo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Photographer
Wow I love this! Its almost close to a new tattoo Ideal I was thinking of drawing for myself.
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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:iconpercy-jackson-fan:
percy-jackson-fan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
OMFG SHES HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hahahaha, thanks!
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:iconpercy-jackson-fan:
percy-jackson-fan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
NP O O
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:iconlordmiste:
LordMiste Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
Very nice:)
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks... its one of my personal faves
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:iconwolfkaje:
wolfkaje Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
i am very jealous of your line work, great job!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW, thanks!
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:icondaniaq:
DaniAQ Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist
wow!that's awesome! really great! I think it would be nicer with more darker areas.. there's almost no balck there..
:]
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.. I was trying to stay away from going into solid blacks on this piece to keep it as overall detailed as possible.... every piece is an experiment.
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:icondaniaq:
DaniAQ Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist
aa yes! ;] completly true
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gelfwings Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
Wow!!!! I sooooooooooooo love this pic. It is super duper awesome!
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:icondocredfield:
DocRedfield Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you - its one of my absolute faves
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