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King of the Boiling Sea by zilla774 King of the Boiling Sea by zilla774
This has got to be my most worked on piece EVER. I have been working on this for frickin' WEEKS.... :faint:

I started this about a month ago when I was working on a seascape picture. I wanted to do fairly realistic waves in a kind stormy setting, get some real aggressive stuff going and it was loads of fun trying to capture the swell and froth of the sea in this state. I got a fair way into it and then ran out of steam because it was just water at that stage, so I showed it to my good friend *machine-guts and she suggested a dragon in it. I asked for a sketch, which she supplied, and out of her rough scribbles I started work on adding a dragon. After a couple of false starts which left me feeling it was all too much like hard work I left it for a week and came back to it. The rough idea was there, as discussed with MGutz, so I started the dragon again, only this time, instead of flying over the water, I had him bursting out like a sea-serpent and it worked great! So thats where the image you see came into light.

Unlike normally, I finally took certain peoples advice (u know who u r senior DA peeps ;) :hug:) and took some time over the end result. I'd get it to a point where I thought it was finished then left it for a day and came back and corrected all the stuff I hated about it. Quite a revelation in my work flow I can tell you.

The head caused me the most grief and I did use my deviation SACRIFICE as a reference for the finished head. Although this looks like a render IT IS BY HAND. Trust me it took me a week solid just on the head alone.....

All work undertaken in Photoshop with my Intuos2 (If I could shag it, I would, its that SEXEH). Original image is frickin' hooooge for print purposes.
Only thing that bugs me is the title.... oh well. Think u get the idea ayway.

Wallpaper version very soon :)
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Ulura Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
WOW this is amazing! Would you mind if I used it in my study on dragons? I will credit you and I will not be making any money on it. It's a year long research project for school
Al-Luix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
IstarianHunter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
mindlessmaze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
I love the way this terrifies me in a hypnotic paralizing manner.
If I look at it again my eyes will freeze in fear.
excellent work.
MadcapMarquess Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome ! :D
thehiddenhellcat Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
That is freaking epic!
Michelleandherslef Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
SmuTehNoob Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
You have been featured! ---> [link]
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional
Dude! Your old art is the most amazing! :wow:
JoackOron Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jesus, please God, I don't want to meet him

iuncredible work man!!!!!!!!!!!:XD:
Castle85 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2007
friggin SWEET
TimeKeeper22 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
ValiKchi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007  Professional Artist
faved...i'm also adding u as a friend
renishinio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
*speechless* That is so...awesome! The lightning in the background and how the waves look...truely awesome
Dragon-gurl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2007
This. Is. Beautiful. I love the atmophere; and the motion is there! The waves are just amazing. I love the shine and detail on them! You couldn't make this piece any better. Seriously, this is an instant fave, and it's definately going on my wishlist!
dragonicwolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH, that is one of the most AWSOME dragon pictures iv ever laid my eyes on.
Uusis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006   Digital Artist
Breathtaking! So amazing :eyepopping: :+fav:
pinkie5567 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2006
Deffinetly worth the time! : D It's gorgeous!
ShikaTheFox Featured By Owner May 26, 2006
Wow! I love how the dragon blends into the background sortof thing. Makes it look very realistic! :D
Ter-Ady Featured By Owner May 21, 2006
Uber awesome. It's brilliant!!

Great job! ^^
blonde-thinking Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006
well the pic was defently worth all that time put in to, looks amazing
yamacheero Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
this brings up all sorts of emotions in me, i feel pulled into the image, as if im there. it scares me because if i was actually in the scene with the serpent i would be so afraid. which is a good thing, you art is so striking that it could do that to me. im incredibly impressed. this is an amzing piece of artwork.
I-magine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
Oh my God, how did I miss this?! :faint:
Dragons are :heart:


:giggle: Go Ian!
DarkSoul1989 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005   Digital Artist
thats nice. i love that.... nice snake or drogon
karsten Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Wow that great!
I like the swirls" on the water and the thunder in the horizon.
Good job!
(I dont play any wow myself but i heard it should be a cool game)
musicfan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
the result of working on it for so long is FANTASTIC :boogie:
betong Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2005
Very nice =D Lovely colors. I can see why you used such a long time making it
mancerqueen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2005
omg, that is one of the best looking dragons I have ever seen! gorgeous! I love it!!! :+favlove:
Melektaus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2004
Tigerblock Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
Cheeee.... O.O Thou art the PS king. All hail!
anghell-00 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004
Ah.. this is just phenomenal! I love the raging swells.. threatening to swallow the great serpent.. and the rich texture of the surface. Also.. the beast itself exudes such ferocity.. through the angry eyes.. the poise.. and the expression in the face. Wow.. bravo.. :)
Trollblut Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004
awesome work!!
amliebtam4ever Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
:wow: that is some extremely awesome talent youve got going there...nice one....

:+fav: is a must
Kuroi-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
*gawks* Wow, the dragon looks awesome!!! O_O I like the sky and the sea too, it has a really nice effect on the picture. ^^ I love this deviation!
Obi-quiet Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004
Wow...that is increadible...amazing...I love it! adding to faves.
dannyfentonsbabi Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
DRAGON:praise me! i am better than you! grrrrrrr!
krnlg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
Wow, this is nice. The atmosphere is intense and appealing, and the way the monster emerges from the water is convincing. The head looks excellent, although to me the head and the body don't appear to 'fit together' quite right; I dunno... it sticks out as different. I found this from the wallpaper version, and yes I'm going to use that as a wallpaper :nod: Well done indeedy. This piece shows how worthwhile it is to do a full-blown background/environment :)


Damn it's scary giving 'proper' comments like this - I feel like I'm knowlegable :fear:
krnlg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
Damn that's a great wallpaper o_O
UnwarranteDeath Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
Awesome work. I reaaally wouldn't want to meet that thing during swimming. O_o;;
evilempress Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
Holy... shit... awesome. o-o
kRazYgloo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2004
This is an amazing piece. You have incredible talent.
Instant fav.
rougewisp Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004  Student General Artist
Turned out great.
lissavk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004  Student
Oooo, that sea serpent sooo cool! Great colors(me loves blue:D), the waves are awesome, and great job with those teeth:D
IceQueen-- Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
oh its amazing!
Skizo- Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Professional Writer
it's beautiful!! :o Amazing work!!
Wulfderay Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
That's wicked, and I love the title.
Bosgald Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
Awesomeness squared.
Elysian-Fall Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Student Digital Artist
incredible! :+fav: worthy!
Annhiliation Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
VERY IMPRESSIVE! but i think it would look better if it was sharpend a little bit...great job man! what did you use?
zero7 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Great job alround. The waves and the storm look great, and the two connect quite well. As for the sea-serpent, all I can say is fantastic work. I truly seems like it is rising up from beneath the waves, and the details in it, particularly on the face, make it a great focus point for the piece. For a piece that is essentially monochrome, the work you've put in makes sure that it seems neither flat nor dull. For the thing that I like most about this is that one spot of red. It's subtle, yet brilliant.
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