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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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:iconcluesooo:
Cluesooo Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016
look like it would jump out of the picture. Amazing and Beautiful. Great Work, deserves a daily deviant. Your other dragons are amazing too. :) <3
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:iconcompletelydottysven:
completelydottysven Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very nice!!!
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:icondelt-4:
DELT-4 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
That thing looks pretty nice, always liked dergs and this is no exception.
It got brought to my attention in a reddit comment. Speaking of which, that reddit comment also mentioned this being stolen.

www.gateway-3ds.com/gateway-4-…

It's on their website banner and in the logo for their product, if i'm not mistaken.
Looks like they didn't only plagiarise code, but art as well
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:iconwindysilver:
WindySilver Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! It sure looks aggressive!
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:iconsimplios-staxios:
Simplios-Staxios Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
lol you sure this ain't from a book?
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:iconnarciso-42:
Narciso-42 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016
It almost seems like the front cover on Eragon!
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:iconmimi075:
mimi075 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
Lol that's me when it comes to my house
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:iconjoshuatree1967:
joshuatree1967 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Amazing art.
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:iconaurelia63:
Aurelia63 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Simply awesome! I've bought a print of this one for my brother in law as a bithday present. He is a great fan of this picture and so am I :-)
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:iconlucyandplue:
Lucyandplue Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Badass
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:icondudidraak:
dudidraak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've seen this dragon on so much things like laptopstickers or as other stuff but i didn't know it came from deviantart
i Always liked the picture so well done
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:iconavelosfloof:
AvelosFloof Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
I saw this artwork on a puzzle in a games/hobby shop yesterday. Looks good :)
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:iconninjaspartan12:
NinjaSpartan12 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Okay who woke the dragon?
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:icontivern:
Tivern Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing details!
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:icongigi82505:
gigi82505 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015
OMG YES love Dragons, art, and creativity love it
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:iconvv---vv:
Vv---vV Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
just awesome 
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:iconnyarlathotep57:
nyarlathotep57 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Excellent picture. You've managed to capture the primal essence of the dragon. Now THIS is what it's all about. Thank you.
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:iconalexbee1236:
Alexbee1236 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is just AMAZING! WOWWOWWOW! (He totally reminds me of Smaug!) :D

At first glance I mistook the skull on the left for a soccer ball... whoops!
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:icontime-dragond:
Time-dragonD Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love it :D :love:
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:icondragynfyre18:
dragynfyre18 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is probably one of my favorite Dragon paintings of all time. Every time I think of the most menacing and evil dragon, this one always comes to my mind. I LOVE it.
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:icongoldenstreampaws:
Goldenstreampaws Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woah woahhhh
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:iconzeroicedragon:
Zeroicedragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Awesome!
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:icondovahkiinsonaan:
dovahkiinsonaan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
tht dragon is beautiful
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:iconsvorec:
Svorec Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
sweetz
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:iconsweetnfluffy-adopts:
Sweetnfluffy-adopts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this big guy staring at me from above my bed. Got it for Christmas.
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:iconnestalia:
Nestalia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this picture to create my first mold and cast for my props class. I didn't even think to find you here. The paint job on it is incomplete and there is so much on it I wish I could redo that it will probably never be posted on my page here.
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:icondoctor3uk:
doctor3uk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
This is how Smaug should have looked in the film. Not the poxy brown wyvern jackson fobbed us off with.
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:iconoo-o-o-o-o-o-o-oo:
oo-o-o-o-o-o-o-oo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Does it really matter? 
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:iconastridnicholls:
AstridNicholls Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Writer
I actually own this picture! And I love it.
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:icongreenwingspino32:
GreenWingSpino32 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
An image like this one appears on the Dragonslayer store at the Texas Renaissance Festival I've recognized it!! 
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:iconladyella4:
Ladyella4 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
AWESOME!♥♥♥
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:iconwesker86:
Wesker86 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is incredible! I've been such a fan since i saw this as a wall scroll in a shop where i live. Sadly, shop closed down before i could by it and the statue.
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:icondragonesstala:
DragonessTala Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, that... that's so amazing! I love it! Love your other works too <3
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:iconrayley22:
Rayley22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  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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:iconrayley22:
Rayley22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  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  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  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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:iconmg-wolfore:
Mg-Wolfore 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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:iconhighpriestsatanis:
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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:icon1228248:
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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:iconb33sandun1corns:
b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
oooh reminds me of Smaug 
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