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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 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennin www.kats-hats.co.uk/heartshape… 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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:iconcharlesbridge7x:
CharlesBridge7x Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
Very lovely portrait. I liked your description of the metaphor (I am crazy into symbolism of pictures, so you got me there) it gives one a completely different perspective of what he is looking at. I did not notice the horns, glad you explained, I thought it is part of the hat. The horse looks wonderful, the light is great and the lady looks very realistic, like a photo. Great job.
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dierat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you so much; I really enjoyed reading your comments! :love: It's too bad the horns are not more obvious because that was my main inspiration for the piece. Maybe one day I'll come back to this idea and take a closer point of view so that detail is more apparent to the viewer. Thanks again for your wonderful feedback! :heart: 
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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.
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dierat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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shetheraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the lights and colors! :)
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! ;)
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TheBrassGlass 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
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you, you're so sweet and your kind words really made my day! :hug:
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DJMadameNoir Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous! The light is so natural, and the colors!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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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
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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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MewMewMizuno Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome :D
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Sharonliv-Arzets Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Stunning <3!! you're very talented *-*.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow, thanks! And thanks for the :+devwatch:! :love:
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
The light is gorgeous!! I love her skin!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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Asha-Anne Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wonderful work, stained glass if an effect you don't see being painted very often, but it looks so beautiful here!
the way you draw fabric is simply magical, it looks as if i could pick it up and let it run through my fingers.
Keep up the standard, i look forward to following your work :)
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love: :heart:
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electrifried Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love the background. Cubism type art is really coming up in the world!
Nice job with the folds of the dress too, that's one of the worst things I can draw :XD:
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dierat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! I worked very hard on the fabric so I really appreciate that! :la:
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Nice job on the lighting. I like her outfit and the stained glass window. :wow:
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug: :)
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Robino Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! The background is amazing. The source of light is just right. I don't have much to say about this. It's a great image with nice colors, effects and details. Very well done!
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dierat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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Robino Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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MadElfTk Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
This piece is beautiful. I love the composition and the lighting. The fabric here is very, very nice...I just love it flows.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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djemilahgordon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I like all the symbolism you put into this :D are the colours on the dress extensions of the red/green associations? :D
The newer version is much improved aswell: the lighting is better and the heightened contrast works really well to separate out the light b/g and dark f/g. I also like the stylised stained glass illustrations, a little detail that adds much to this lovely artwork :D :D
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dierat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Wow thanks, I'm glad you like it! Yeah the idea behind the dress is that she presents herself as a noblewoman (green dress) but underneath she can't change who she is (red dragon). And thanks for taking the time to read the description and understand the image; I don't think many people do that! :D
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djemilahgordon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem :)
ah no problem, if the artist has something to say to help your understand the artwork, then it's a bloody good idea to read it! XD :D
i don't think I would have ever got it otherwise ^.^'
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fosterdv Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
That's some pretty sweet work you've done. I love the detail that you've put into this one! I also love your Frosted Glass Texture.
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :love:
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MoonLament Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING, :wow: Really awesome work!
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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MirRoriel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. Is. Incredible!! Wow :D! I love the attention you paid to both the background and foreground. Stunning result! :D
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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AgathaKeyguard Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Beautiful art!
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderfully done
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:icondierat:
dierat Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
welcome
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Douwe-Dijkstra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
nice work!
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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MischiefofRats Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great rework! The figure looked pretty darn good before, but now it's really quite excellent. I love your lighting and colors--the fabric is stunning. I think the expression changes you did on the face make a great difference too--much more appropriate for the mood you're setting. Lovely piece!
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh hey, it's you! I was actually going to note you and ask if you could crit it now that I'm done reworking the figure. I'm going to try to work on tying the scene together a little better by adding some sun rays or dust or smoke or something to push the window back and space and make it more obvious that there's light coming through the window, not just bouncing off it like it kinda looks right now. And thanks for the kind words, I'm glad it looks better now :)
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MischiefofRats Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and if you're still tweaking, another thing about glass is that certain colors are more transparent than others, depending on their opacity. Sometimes blues are super transparent, whites tend to be really opaque, but they sort of catch and radiate light. Sometimes they're swirled, and transparent in some spots. Dark colors are kinda tricky, but usually they're pretty drastically different in levels, and fairly highly-saturated (which makes it a pain in the ass to work in with a composition like this XD But I think your colors are good.). The thickness of the glass is also going to change the color--handmade panels are kind of unreliable because glass is a finicky bitch that will totally go LOL SCREW YOU and go wonky-thickness if the material's heat and mixture is even a tiny bit uneven. Basically, even panels from the same batch will have variations, and the color doesn't always mix evenly. Just random glass things to think about. XD More irregularity and certain hints of transparency here and there might go a ways to suggest glass.
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate your thoughts on the subject. I noticed that while looking at religious stained glass windows that the figures tend to be really opaque and they'd have more of a glow rather than allow light to pass straight through. Do you think that's just because they tend to use white for the skin?
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MischiefofRats Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most likely. White's opaque, so that would definitely do it. They also tended to paint on the panels that made up a figure, so the paint may add to that.
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dierat Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh that makes sense. I noticed the figures has a lot of tonal work, and I thought maybe those panels were made out of a different material that allowed them to add that kind of detail. It never occurred to me that the extra material was paint :P
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