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Dragon of Elements - Darkness

Dragon of Elements - Darkness

Dragon of Elements - Darkness by Stratadrake
Dragon of Elements - Darkness by Stratadrake


Entering the seventh and penultimate spot on my list of elemental dragons is Darkness, in his third and final incarnation. I decided to utilize the 'hand-drawn negative' technique for shading this dragon. For those who don't know what this technique is, you simply shade a drawing in reverse and invert it on computer after scanning (see my dA Scraps for details). Executed well, the results can be quite dazzling, and much like when I completed my Kitty Ninja months ago, I was amazed speechless when I finished the inversion and beheld the final result.

So, anyway, what is Darkness? Nobody's quite sure. Is it matter? Energy? Something else entirely? Darkness is an element shrouded in mystery and confusion -- and no, it's not an element of "death". It's known that darkness had to play some role in creation, but exactly what, no one knows.

As it is, Darkness also carries the unfortunate distinction of being Evil. No one knows how or why it is, but history attests that this is true. Because of this, Darkness is called a weakened element, one whose time is limited and whose days are numbered. In spite of -- no, because of this, Darkness has developed something of a hostile inferiority complex -- always the brute, using strength and illusion to mask its inner failure and weakness.

Henceforth, while Darkness certainly appears to have three heads and twelve eyes, those are merely illusion designed to incite fear upon its enemies. Look closely and you may identify the two extra heads for what they really are.

The next, the last, and most certainly not the least of the elements in this series is going to be Light, and I have something special planned for him.

Medium: Colored and ebony pencil, inverted (for more information, see my dA Scraps, here)
Time: About 5 hours
Scale (full view) 75px/in

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Category Fantasy » Dragons » Elemental Dragons Media Colored Pencil / Crayon
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elyo11 on July 26, 2007, 2:32:22 AM

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elyo11that's nice done!! *fav* but still, How can you color such small details!? I practiced on it, still won't work! T_T

Stratadrake on July 26, 2007, 10:17:55 PM

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StratadrakeWell, this was done on a full (8.5x11) sheet of paper, and I'm a natural detail freak . . . practice and experience, I guess.

UnderUnion on July 22, 2007, 12:02:53 PM

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UnderUnionVery nice work. A good balance of purple and black.

KionaKina on June 14, 2007, 2:07:07 AM

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KionaKinaOh my God, this is so amazing

NeoTheDragon on September 23, 2006, 2:55:27 AM

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NeoTheDragonits a good pic, but the only problem is with the amount of horns and weight of the body the legs would not be able to hold it up.

Stratadrake on September 24, 2006, 3:28:20 AM

Stratadrake on certain of that, are we? ;)

ZidanesGirl on July 22, 2006, 8:53:20 AM

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ZidanesGirlvery nice. I live for darkness dragons and this one is beautiful *faves*

Moonlightelf on February 2, 2006, 2:51:45 AM

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MoonlightelfHmm.. new type.. and really looks scary with his red eyes... but great pic ^^

DarkBaralai on January 6, 2006, 1:34:21 PM

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DarkBaralaiWow I gave myself a headache straining my eyes at the wings here trying to tell where one began and the other ended. But I managed to sort the picture out soon enough. I like the clever optical illusion you have slipped into the wings, and the hand-drawn negative effect works well, I shall have to try it sometime. He looks like a dark dragon too, with the bleak colours and the fearsome look. I like it. I will ad it to my favorites along iwth your ice and fire dragons.

Fairygurl27 on August 24, 2005, 3:42:40 PM

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Fairygurl27Very stunning! I really like how you put dragon heads for the wings, and the color of the body is astounding, this turned out very nice that tail is stunning as well, excelent job *adds to favs*

DRKPR0PH3T on July 7, 2005, 7:08:21 AM

DRKPR0PH3Tsweet, absolutley delicious looking, the coloring is pretty nice the optical effect is pleasant.

thnku for the suggestion by the way on Braug

AngelKite on May 4, 2005, 5:39:55 PM

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AngelKite.....the extra two heads don't have teeth.....