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Dragon reflection by Ironshod Dragon reflection by Ironshod
The brief for this commission was a close up of a sword, held by a woman, showing the reflection of a dragon in the blade. Is it quite a simple image but hopefully striking in it's design. As you will see I went a bit dragon mad with the details ;)

Maybe she's friends with the dragon, maybe she's a dragon slayer? - I'll let the viewer decide.

Sketched in pencil and painted in Photoshop.
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M-EX Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
This is amazing! I was looking for a dragon + woman illustration and all I found were sexualized poses, half naked girls and sodomizing dragons. This, THIS is exactly the kind of inspiration I was looking for; I love her determination, the incredible details in her eyes, and the dragon¡s skin is simply gorgeous.
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Yokaiou Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
Its like "Stupid girl! your got your edge alignment wrong!"  "Choppy bit points TOWARD the target"
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Luna-Z48 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Reaaally pretty. Keep up this work, it's amazing.
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RavenDiablo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Wonderful job.  Your warrior looks a bit like Angelina Jolie...coincidence?
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NAONPIBLTOFATA Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
wow what a sworld
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redraider601 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the art
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cupcake-the-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
OMG ANNE STOKES YOU ARE AMAZING I LOVE ALL YOUR ART!!!!
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KoiMaid Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so beautiful all your artwork are,
She kinda looks like Angelina Jolie too
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XandriaShaw Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I would love to use this for a bookcover. Would that be possible?
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desertclover Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Interesting concept! :)
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, One idea i have is, she may be a Dragon in Human Form.
I like your Dragon Art.
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jaradconroy Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
looks great! looks like she's letting the dragon decide whether she's a threat or not. (letting the dragon hone in on the emotion of the sword) as they say, the action of a sword is more powerful than words!
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Kaylio Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
OHOHOH!

The Dragon of Legend series used this as a cover until it was changed to something else.

Love the blade ^^
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Speedy0118 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Who is the original artist for this picture? I can't remember.
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Speedy0118 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Never mind. KottenxKandy posted it below
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RyleeThornspell Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
She doesn't seem angry enough to slay this dragon in my eyes... just defiant. Perhaps they are friends, or at the least the dragon is a tutor, helping her in her swordplay.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful
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kawaida Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Awesome drawing, i can see a skyrim refrence.
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Legion1a Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Very very cool
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JenniferCulverhouse Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Does remind me of Angelina Jolie but i love the idea in this one
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mabu1982 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist
really cool fantastic job=)
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GLC19 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
She looks like lara croft in the film :D
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Valvado Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
This is incredible! Beautiful work congrats :D

Com and see fantasy Art Gallery :

[link]
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AngelsCrafts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Oh wow, Just wow...
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Asagi-K-Kurosaki Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh my goodness!!! I have this as a card album!!!! I bought it when I was thirteen and still have it, I remember screaming when I found it :heart: I can't believe one of my favirote peices of art is here on DA- but that seems to be true for your entire gallery :lmao: I love this!! I personally used to believe she was a dragon slayer when I bought this, but now I think she's a dragon PROTECTOR :heart:
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vivimorena Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I know! She`s the Dragon!
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ChaosTheThird Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Right, right, that's what I was thinking, too. The sword blade isn't a mirror, but a "lens" that shows a hidden reality!
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CryoGenius333 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I got an interesting "Hero and the Crown" Vibe from this. It's pretty awesome.
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theFingers Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
"Do you know me now, Old One? Do you still know my father's blade? It has tasted your blood once before, and you are marked by it. It will not go hungry a second time, now it will drink its fill. I will have my revenge!" ... And thus, epicness ensues.
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Keelee79 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I love it! I'm a dragon-freak! LOVE DRAGONS! :squee: I love it I love it I love it I love it!! <3
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12CArt Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EXCELLENT composition and execution BRAVO !!!
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DreamDrifter1997 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I got the book with this picture in :D it's called 'FANTASY ART NOW' :D
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KottenxKandy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Anne Stokes is the original artist. People like you make me sick.
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chiemi66 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Anne Stokes IS Ironshod!
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KottenxKandy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Ohh. :X Haha, I didn't know that. xD Thanks for letting me know.
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Stonemirth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Awesome, love the reflection of the sword, also I love dragons. Saw this picture in a group I belong to on facebook, Fairies, dragons and other mythical creatures [link]

Pretty cool, :+fav:
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JaraKo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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BlueyCrawford Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
its kinda looks like Lara Croft, or Angelina Jolie ;bb Pretty astounding picture though ^^
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TheLastCybertronian Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd like to think she's friends with the dragon :)
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MrTsujiKun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
the weird thing about this is that i saw it on the website of anne stokes... and guss what... the site + copyrights from her are on the bottom... what the F are you trying to prove?
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chiemi66 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
If you go to Anne Stokes website, it links back to this Deviant Art profile
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Doctor-Stew Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
People sell card sleeves with this picture on it. You know that?
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NyxRain Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Awesome! I personally like to think she is the dragon XD
I love the tattoo, I'm not a tattoo person but I think that is much better then most of the tattoos you see :) , it also compliments her skin color :)
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Pol3cat Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work :)
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Dracoan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely awesome!! I like the dragon imagery.
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badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely LOVE the concept of this awesome piece.

Kudos to you! :)
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Cursivedragon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Now that's a Valkyrie warrior.
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zuu-dovahkiin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So amazing and creative :D
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Dragongirl269 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool concept
love it
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Tsukibi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okies SOOOO not gonna lie the woman looks like angelina jolie :O tell me someone else sees that? lol its flippin awesome :D sexy drawing
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