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April 5, 2011
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Dragoness by dierat Dragoness by dierat
This piece is a metaphor for self-reflection and the relative nature of memory. In your world, you are the hero: your life is your own epic tale. But your memories are what you make of them, and sometimes - if you look longer and harder at the features of your past - you may catch a glimpse of a villain.

In this painting, the dragon and the color red represent the ‘villain’ or wicked creature whereas the unicorn and the color green portray the ‘hero’ and a noble spirit. The headdress is based on the heart-shaped hennin… which was worn by upperclass ladies in Europe during the middle ages. In this image, the headpiece is worn to camouflage the horns and make them appear to be a decorative accessory.

Here's the brush I used to make the texture on the glass in the background:

Reference for the horse:

Other work:
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MAYGUSTA Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The light is beautiful, her fabric is beautiful, the folds... oh lord, the folds... /insane.
dierat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
shetheraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the lights and colors! :)
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! ;)
jamberry-song Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, amazing details! Beautiful color palette, too. I love the lighting. Pieces like this, where there's artwork within the artwork, are so cool! :D
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, you're so sweet and your kind words really made my day! :hug:
DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous! The light is so natural, and the colors!
dierat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
MewMewMizuno Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love how natural the light looks in this work. You're very good at using light and shadows.
The various textures in the work are very interesting. There's the woman's skin, the different types of cloth, the wall, and it all looks very good, very natural.
What I like the most is the unicorn. You used the reference photo quite well.
Something you might want to reconsider, though, are the beams of light. I feel like they are a bit too harsh, a bit too bright. In this, I think I prefer how you did the light in the previous version of this work. There it is softer, with a bit of a glowing effect, and I think that would work better here.

All in all, though, I have to say you are very talented. I hope you'll keep up the great work :D
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the detailed comment! Yeah I know the sunbeams are kind of the weak link of the piece - I went back and forth over whether to have them more subtle or more obvious. In the end I choose this version because I felt it had more atmosphere and was more visually striking because of the high contrast, but I understand that it's still the weakest element. (Honestly the piece just wasn't very well planned and I'm happy I got it this far ;)) Thanks again! :hug: :)
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