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Water dragon by Ironshod Water dragon by Ironshod
I've been wanting to paint a water dragon for ages! I also have an idea for a giant one swimming underwater, but that'll have to wait for now.

What do you think is the story behind this image? It just sort of happened and doesn't have one, but I feel that it should. If any of the writers amongst you would like to suggest an idea it would be really interesting to hear what you come up with. Or if anyone has a better name than "water dragon" please let me know - I am afraid I am pretty useless at thinking of names for my paintings! ;)

This was a commission, but the client just requested a female character in water with a fantasy theme, and you know me, any excuse to paint a dragon :giggle:

Hope you like it :)
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skyworthy Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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UmberGrace Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2015
I love this! it's amazing!!!
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Tenshi-XIII Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my.. i have this picture of my Clock! :la:
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ShalimarsSong Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the word "Enraptured". Now who is the one enraptured? He (dragon), seems enthralled with her. While she is looking at him with a sort of loving motherly look. Just my thoughts. I really love this! Truly beautiful work!
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Bazzkorg Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
I concur with your statement
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DayDreamer-JJ Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture! Such a cute blue dragon!
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alondra-raphfan12 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow your art is so ......wow i love this
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ashanalian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
This one is my absolute favourite! I still have my pull-out poster from last years calendar. There so many story ideas sitting behind this image! Mostly I think about the irony of a typically fire-based fantasy creature being instead a water creature.
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dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no words to describe this epic painting! 
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Carolan-McElwee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is my all time favourite of your pieces. It's amazing, maybe the story to it is that this woman was longing for a child so she goes to some ancient temple and there is a pool that can grant you any wish but comes with a cost. So she asks for a child but got a child dragon, instead of hating it she loves it even more because of the beauty it has....??? Lol, may not be the best but a fun idea i just had. <3
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YoagilIzneal Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Hey, do you sell your works? Cause I saw something similar at a flee market. Bought one of them to. :)
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sira-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
i have this on my jewel  chest
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Russa55 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
fotokto.ru/photo/new?r[4]=4#ph…

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This author gives Your art for your. And receives a reward. Note on copyright
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DefiantDeviantX Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Wow Thats amazing! Beautiful
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this picture!
It is simply adorable for every fantasy fan :D
I suggested this to :iconthefavouriteshowcase: - we have the theme Water in July :) ;) - I hope you enjoy the extra exposure!
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Azcazach Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The girl there is an elf who went on a perilous journey to save the last few remaining water dragons in the kingdom. When all else fails and the evil sorcerer whose wish is to destroy all dragons seems to succeed, the elf found the last remaining water dragon of its kind.
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paulinejc Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
First thing that popped into my mind: The girl is a young elf princess in a kingdom near the ocean, heir to the throne, and her family was slaughtered by water dragons. She was away at the time but when she got back months later, she found the castle in ruins. She also found a dragon egg left behind. The dragon egg hatched and she became the first in a very long time to "befriend" a dragon and bond with it - thus creating a dragon shaped mark on her arm, enhancing her powers and making her hunted by many. The mother of the dragon also came back looking for the egg but found out it was gone, and she realized the elf princess took the baby dragon. Then the hunt begins.
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Blumenzauber Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Super schönes Bild 
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DemonicGirl99 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really,really like this picture!
And it really should have a story behind it. :)
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Yilleo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful!
I would enjoy composing a story about it. :)
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lord-of-the-shadows1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
utterly beautiful amazing work
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mythlover20 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh, my goodness. This is a most beautiful piece, but... um... did you sell this picture to other people? Because my living room clock has this picture on it, and it has no copyright details on it. :(
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TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!
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Lu-Liu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This looks amazing! :0 I think the title you gave it works perfectly.

There are so many stories that could go along with this painting. She looks a bit like a priestess in a fantasy-type setting. So, maybe she was one of the handmaidens to an old, powerful dragon. However, that one eventually died, but not before crying a single tear (what she's standing in). From that tear, a new dragon was born.
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JoannaTheWizard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!!!!!!
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poplus123 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Love it! What else can I say.
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moonman86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
she is beautiful i have a copy of this piece on display in my house thats how enchanting it is 
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AlagaesiaFan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

I personally love this so much that when I saw it in a store, I had to get it!

 

I've always thought the story behind it was that the kingdoms were in danger and an Elven royal heard a rumor that their salvation was to be found in an underground cavern filled with water that used to be a temple. When she waded into the water, she saw something shining through and reached down for it to reveal a baby dragon! Of course she was surprised, but the dragon looks kinda smug like it's saying "that's right, I'm your salvation. Deal with it."

So a title would kind of be Surprise Savior... Watery Savior... Or something along those lines.  

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Creaturesformybook Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

I was considering asking you if I could use this picture for my first book I'm writing. If I was able too I would write something like this:

 

A young water dragon made his way to the shore badly injured..... Shira showed the queen the dragon "Can you help him?" She asked. The queen of the Elves took up the young water dragon and walked toward the lake. The other elves gathered around in fascination wondering what she would do. She walked out into the lake nearly waste deep. With soft words she whispered in the Elven language. She whispered so soft that no one could hear what she said..... Suddenly the blue dragon burst from the water ten times his original size! 

There is a lot more I added to it but I don't want to spoil it and I don't want anyone to steal my ideas so this is just a taste and I took some parts out to keep my ideas hidden. Let me know what you think. Thanks :)

Ironshod- I can send you the rest privately if you want to see the rest. Let me know :)
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blueMALOU Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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lionking97 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student
love itWater dragon - emoticon Water dragon - emoticon Water dragon - emoticon Water dragon - emoticon Water dragon - emoticon Water dragon - emoticon look what i found
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rainchickk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I love your little dragon pets .They are so cute.I want one so bad The story I felt was it was not a water dragon.She is trying to give her pet a bath
.He is is a stubborn mood so she is coaxing him to be a good boy
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murhaaja Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I love this dragon <3
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mgrai9 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
wow i have seen this every were but i did not know someone on DA did it so cool
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moonwolf214 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
i love it im a huge fan of dragons =) and this picture is beautiful =)
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GRANDMASTER909 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
i like your picture
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Endless-hunter Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've actually seen this printed on a mug in stores before :)
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DracosMajor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I never comment on artwork (yours is the first in the 5 months I have been part of DA)... As you asked for a title for the painting I could not resist and because the title just popped into my head: "Well, Hello there my friend!."

I can think of many other words to put in this sentence, but I think short and sweet states it all. Have a great day!

Cheers,
DracosMajor
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BlackAingeal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
De tu galeria, este es el que más me gusta, ;)
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EnorIII Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I never considered a painting to be my favourite, until now :)
I love it <3
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IridescentLilly Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
Wow... This is breathtaking.
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shadowolfz274 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing art but.. do u own it? it says anne stokes right on it
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Luesatora Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Ironshod is Anne Stokes. This is the name she uses on DA.
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Elle-Arden Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I just wanted to let you know that this image is being sold here with a different name on it, and I know it's yours!  

There may be some of your other work on there as well, but I'm just trying to get word out to everyone as quickly as possible to shut this person down.
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fairieeyes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Honey your work was stolen .... plus.google.com/photos/1069478…
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Bansheeda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this has been stolen!!!!
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SpiritFem Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
This piece is exquisite. I love how the woman in this image has a body that makes sense (breasts, arms hips all proportional). The colour and lighting is wonderful, and your dragon is, as always, fantastic. This is by far one of my favorite art pieces.

In terms of names, water dragon is straight to the point. I like the simplicity of it. 
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mfelizandy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I think the title should be, "It's about time you got here", because that what it looks like the dragon is saying to the girl.  There's definitely a story here, and I've got a LibreOffice window open to draft the first few paragraphs of it.  I love this sort of art for that reason--it gives me a "snapshot" of the story with the lead characters and their environment.  I don't as yet know the dragon's name, or the girl's, but he's glad to have been found after a very long time waiting in the flooded city by himself.  She's been preparing for this moment for most of her life, though in truth no one among her people has actually experienced this kind of moment in living memory.  She thinks her journey is over and she can take her new friend back home (where her feet can dry out) and be celebrated as a high priestess for the rest of her life.  Unfortunately for her, the dragon has different ideas.  He wasn't hatched a water dragon by mistake, and he hasn't spent his life eating little cavern fish and memorizing the entire flooded city just for fun.  He has an agenda, and while he'll be reasonable about letting her tidy up some loose ends of her childhood before setting out to take care of some matters that have been neglected for a very long time.
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Vyrez-237 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this allowed? Someone sculpted your picture and is selling it for a pretty good profit
I wan't sure if there were any copyright rules that you have with your pictures
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lytken1969 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
looking awesome
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