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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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gigi82505 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
OMG YES love Dragons, art, and creativity love it
Vv---vV Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
just awesome 
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.
Alexbee1236 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student
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!
Time-dragonD Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love it :D :love:
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.
Goldenstreampaws Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woah woahhhh
Zeroicedragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
dovahkiinsonaan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
tht dragon is beautiful
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Fluffy-fish-llama 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.
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.
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.
LordOfstamps Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015
Does it really matter? 
AstridNicholls Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Writer
I actually own this picture! And I love it.
GreenWingSpino32 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
An image like this one appears on the Dragonslayer store at the Texas Renaissance Festival I've recognized it!! 
Ladyella4 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
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.
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
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.
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
Mishinopolis Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
ahaha yes this is her profile ^^ no judgement, just be careful next time ;3
ApocalypticWerewolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a live background on kindle, just to let ya know.
Krystal-2 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like the composition here.
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.
ShadowthePlaugehound Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome dragon you have there!
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.
amazoness-king Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i totally understand, i'm protective of my hoard to
Kat-RinaArt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! WOW!
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.
Wolfygirl465 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! 
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!
HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
That is a classic dragon.  Awesome!
Nox-Sacera Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Stole your work... x(…
And it's not even the only one (s)he stole.
1228248 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
now might be a go time to mabey, I don't know

b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
oooh reminds me of Smaug 
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
Xhymar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
wait its Swaug? LOL its so coolˇˇ
Zosonaples Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Incredible work!!
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.
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[F*** yeah.]
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
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.]
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[But of course. Inevitably arrogant beasts...]
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
[And we all know what pride goeth before!]
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
Parrthurnax105 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Best dragon i ever saw in my life.

Keep up the good work.
JohnBul Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Dark place not a good place to meat this one!
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. 
ButterButtNutz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn cool ._.
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