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Dragons Lair by Ironshod Dragons Lair by Ironshod
Enter the dragon's lair if you dare!

My aim for this picture was to paint a classic image of a powerful dragon. I thought that a red dragon would make an aggressive looking creature, and is a colour that will sit well alongside the golden treasure and dark cavern. Skeletal remains are scattered on the floor to show the fate that awaits any treasure hunters rash enough to take on this beast.

An article about how I painted this picture is published in issue 50 of Imagine FX [link] Out today in the UK and Europe and elsewhere in the world next month.

I hope you like it :)
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:icondragonesstala:
DragonessTala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, that... that's so amazing! I love it! Love your other works too <3
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Rayley22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
You stole this art from Anne Stokes, my favorite artist. If you want proof, go check her website. And just to add on to everything, this person even forgot to remove Anne's name in the bottom left corner. Shame on whoever did this.
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Rayley22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wait, is this her profile? Dont judge me. I just started on this website today. :S
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:iconmishinopolis:
Mishinopolis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  New member Hobbyist Writer
ahaha yes this is her profile ^^ no judgement, just be careful next time ;3
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:iconapocalypticwerewolf:
ApocalypticWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a live background on kindle, just to let ya know.
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:iconkrystal-2:
Krystal-2 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Really like the composition here.
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:icontherealtwilightspark:
TheREALTwilightSpark Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:O it looks like a picture of Smaug my friend drew a while ago... yours is much awesomer though.
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:iconshadowtheplaugehound:
ShadowthePlaugehound Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome dragon you have there!
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:iconichigowolf1410:
Ichigowolf1410 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I flipped out when I saw this!!! I saw this as a poster on amazon and really wanted it.
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:iconamazoness-king:
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i totally understand, i'm protective of my hoard to
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:iconkat-rinaart:
Kat-RinaArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! WOW!
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:iconainsleyxharriotxboiy:
AinsleyXHarriotXBoiy Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see some authentic dragon art on hear, when i searched "dragons" all i got was f*cking ponies.
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:iconwolfygirl465:
Wolfygirl465 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! 
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:iconrockyschmitto:
rockyschmitto Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What Can One say that you have not heard before? Only one word come's  to mind "Prodigy" Have a good day!
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HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
That is a classic dragon.  Awesome!
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:iconnox-sacera:
Nox-Sacera Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Stole your work... x(
kingcroe9.deviantart.com/art/R…
And it's not even the only one (s)he stole.
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1228248 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
now might be a go time to mabey, I don't know

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!
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b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
oooh reminds me of Smaug 
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:iconhellhound011:
HellHound011 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent work on your dragon art! I love what you done here. :hug: Great work! :D
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:iconxhymar:
Xhymar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
wait its Swaug? LOL its so cool¡¡
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:iconzosonaples:
Zosonaples Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Incredible work!!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Mind if I write a short drabble? It just seems to inspire me in a different way...

"How long did you think you had been sleeping? A century? Two? Maybe three perhaps. I assume you would had noticed things had changed when you raided that town a week ago and brought back with you electrical appliances among other shiny things.

I dare to venture into your lair, sir, to inform you have earned our ire with that attack. By the old kingdom and new republic, by all the gods of this world, we will no longer let you or any other of your brethren make us cower beneath the shadows of your wings, ever again. We shall have our revenge, for all that you have stolen from our land and our people over the millennium, in gold and lives!

Allow me to show you just how far we have come while you were gone..."


--- Colonel Daniel Deadshot, Republic of Avalon army, before a strike team of soldiers rushed into the cave and fired a barrage of rockets with their Dwarven manufactured shoulder-mount launchers. The dragon died minutes later with gaping holes in its chest.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[F*** yeah.]
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[Indeed!]
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[The dragon was used to the tasty little humans making heroic speeches before trying to kill him. He WASN'T used to them succeeding.]
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[But of course. Inevitably arrogant beasts...]
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[And we all know what pride goeth before!]
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:iconnaehulk:
NaeHulk Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful, i love the colors, it really brings the picture together. brilliant work of art here
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:iconparrthurnax105:
Parrthurnax105 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Best dragon i ever saw in my life.

Keep up the good work.
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:iconjohnbul:
JohnBul Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Dark place not a good place to meat this one!
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:icondaemontohno:
daemontohno Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Aaahhh I've been looking for the original of this! This is the best red dragon I've ever seen! The greediness with the treasure and ferocity of the dragon is perfect. Love it. Classic. 
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ButterButtNutz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn cool ._.
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:iconzarkov-24:
Zarkov-24 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Brilliant, should become the new Welsh national symbol, 
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:iconsliceoreggaepie:
SliceoReggaepie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Smaug!
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:iconnragaglia:
nragaglia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
SMAUG
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:iconnox-sacera:
Nox-Sacera Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
So you deal with Magic : the Gathering? :D
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:iconwoodywoodwood:
woodywoodwood Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have this as a poster on my wall
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:iconmysticumeseth:
MysticUmeSeth Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
so powerful and strong! <3 <3 <3
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:iconawsassin:
Awsassin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
All we need is a hobbit and the treasure is ours.
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DracoJane7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing~!! ^_^
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Dark-Dragon-13 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Awesome Dragon! Insane Work
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:iconkingdragon01:
kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Wow! That is a cool dragon!
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:iconcoleballenger:
coleballenger Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
I really like this
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shesuretoldme Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
O_____O I LOVE THIS. Classic! Looks so intimidating! 
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:iconkatzekitten1697:
KatzeKitten1697 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks like Smaug. I love it!!
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emmalemma02 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

AMAZING JOB!! Its is very BADASS! I love dragons so this is just OMG OMG OMG, its AWESOME


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:iconskywalkerwilliam:
SkywalkerWilliam Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I have a statue of this beautiful dragon. He is sittin on the shelf and watch over me!
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:iconbeastofthunder:
BeastOfThunder Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I have this exact picture as a poster in my room.
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:icondash2014:
Dash2014 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A very excellent picture.Love 
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masterofniman Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Hello there, is it okay to use your artwork on my website, theindiedragon.com/? I will credit your name with the image and link to your Deviantart page.

P.S. Sorry about that last message - just ignore it. Thanks.
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