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Dragon Dawn by Ironshod Dragon Dawn by Ironshod
This picture was commissioned as a wrap around novel cover. Dragons flying over a city was a fun subject to paint :)
By tilting the angle of the horizon and zooming in on the dragon and rider I have tried to created the sense of flying. The dragon riders were described as looking similar to Native Americans, hence the feathers and costume.

Some of you may have already seen the sketch for this painting that I posted in my scraps section
First I sketched out this picture in pencil and then I coloured a scan in Photoshop.

Hope you like it :)
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Flowlow Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
saw this passing by on facebook, instantly caught my eye and clicked. should have known it was you^^ amazing work
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love pictures with dragon riders. You did this one masterfully.
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is just epic!
IvyHeartDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your wonderful artwork has been featured here -
CreativeSketcher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice perspective and picture as well!
vivimorena Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I`ll send a message with a question inspired by that...
Sheba987 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! it must hae taken weeks to do, i love it!
MJLivingstone Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Native American's + dragons = destruction of European castle, NICE!!!!!
LordMiras Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you now what i said ;)
LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student Writer
[link] Now cue epic battle music.
KuznyaDragonOfBaa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy dragons, now this is a TRUE MASTERPIECE! :O
LozzLovesHorses Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! O.O
linkinparkrulz95 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: This is SO beautiful! :iconclappingplz::iconclappingplz: FAV!
AmorSacer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That should look a new branch to Warhammer! :)
Artborn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
realy i like it.a panoramic shot of attacking in the city..
Dragon-Keeper04 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
xXAbigailValentineXx Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I find it interesting how you chose an american-indian themed rider, its very orignal and with a breathtaking background!!
DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Hey you got the same title as a book I'm writting
chaosjones17 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
wyvern.... again...... LOL!
Lineageman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It reminds me Lord of the rings :)
frozenfire100 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
no no no its not dragons flying around a city (normal) its dragon RIDERS flying aorund the city on their bad@$$ dragons (epic)
nice pic
Wardem Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
hehehehe, awesome
Tirrathee Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Wish I could read this novel. What's it's title and author?
InkScaled Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Nice work... ;-)
In my opinion the second from the best pictures with fighting dragons.
(first is black dragon attack by *el-grimlock).
SteelSkeleton Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Not something I'd like to wake up to. Unless, of course, I was one of the dragon riders.
CosmicFalcon-70 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Awesome! You've created an exhilarated sense of flight. This could almost be a scene out of one of the Eragon novels :)
LavaDemon209 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow................................................(no words for it)
Acorne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Nice work, especially the deails on dragon, castle and those hunters. :D
Background could be improved.. looks like it's leading to eh.. nowhere?
WarbeastKing Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Nothing cooler than dragons attacking castles.
tag0 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! I'd love to know what novel it was for....

I really like the angle it's done at - I think you've succeeded in the "flying sense" you were trying to get.

Love dragons! ;)
Queen-of-Randomness Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Wicked awesome! :D
Wyvernadas Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful piece :) Like a scene from a movie =D
PeaceDragon09 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
It looks awesome! I LOVE dragons. It's awesome, dude. I is speechless
DefenderofLight08 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This pic is awesome, I have imagined similar type scenes of dragon rider, great job.
samwyatt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i absolutly love your work this has to be one of my favorites!

excellant work!!
Naomeart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's absolutely beautiful. Love the soft, lilac sky.
Kibalove333 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
um...... i dont like it. I just want to point out the unrealistic way every dragon's legs are. Dont you think it would be hard to fly with their legs bent all the way back? you have talent. You need to use it in more realistic and pleasig to the eye ways. Besides anotonomy failure your people look good aswell as the little details and the background.
Sheekaka-Sannin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Castles and native americans? They don't really correlate. Love the art though.
Draco-demonicus Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Great! Sweet and cool! :+fav:
Sneo92 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Ok.. silly question time, but me and some friends had a huge discution bout this... Are they supposed to be dragons or wyvens? i see an arm on one of the dragons but the closest on dont have arms... just wanna get some clarity in this :p
SilvueWolf Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Artist
Look like dragons to me. Their arms seem to be right below the wings, and judging from this pic, it doesn't seem like they use their arms at all.
Sneo92 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
That's true :^^: just that the small arms and the size of the beasts could point towards Wyverns, but since the pic is named "Dragon Dawn" I guess it was quite silly of us :p
Iybran Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great picture. Were you told what novel it was to cover?
horselover146515 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student General Artist
This is stunning!! I really do feel a sense of actually flying with them, that's very cool :D
Suracii Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Hay ther :O

Is it okey if I could use the way you draw the dragon for a picture that I'm making (and upload it on dA with your link of the pic) ? :3

Suracii Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009

Woa.. I've no idea what to say (type) now O_o
just.. wow,
Keep up the work, love it :)

LegendaryD Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very western-themed. It reminds me of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon when Warfang is being invaded.
Fangthorn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
wow... I simply adore this! You are so good!
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