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ravine. if the scales are black-stay back! by nebezial ravine. if the scales are black-stay back! by nebezial
even though the treaty that resulted with the blessing of corredan flame stopped the hunt of dragons for the purposes of harvesting their scales tellas and dragontears, there are those that are foolish enough to consider themselves slayers for hire.

nowadays tellas is harvested from naturally shed scales and it comes in different qualities depending on the number of times dragon had forged.

red tellas for instance signifies a seven times forged dragon. tricky part is that tellas' natural color doesn't always show, so it is often hard to distinguish a dragon's power.

some species use this as an intimidation element. rank two dragons with red scales usually live to see their future forgings.

so one might say there are no true rules for recognizing a dragon's rank...well...except for one.

one rule that stands above all.... if the scales are black, stay back.

see, younger dragons can emulate any scale color but black. that one is exclusive ownership of elder dragons- so in general, if the dragon is covered with black scales, you might want to consider whether you are exceedingly brave or merely suicidal
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:iconderalexandreoliveira:
muito mas muito louco
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IgnisSouls Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic..AMaaazingggggg La la la la 
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:iconalgido:
Algido Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AAAAbsoluuutely insane!!!
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:iconohmsett:
ohmsett Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Fantastic texture.
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:iconborrzeerokkr:
BorrZeeRokkr Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
This is absolutely amazing in every means of it. The story behind the piece, the piece behind the story. This is the main reason I have now +watchd you.
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:iconwortheins:
wortheins Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing work, dragons are my favorite mythical creature and yours are in a class of their own
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:iconbadassbandito:
BadassBandito Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Duuuuude... Amazing work. o__o
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:iconirfarious:
Irfarious Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. I love that "I'm too sexy for you" expression :D Do you use a separate brush for the scales? Or you draw them one by one?
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:iconmojoliazon:
MojoLiazon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice work. The story or info is interesting too.
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:icongblade25:
GBlade25 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
that too cool and aawesome !
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:iconnunowho:
NunoWho Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student General Artist
TOOOOOOO cool!!
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Do not mess with a dragon. You are crunchy and go well with ketchup;D Really interesting and good
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RobertoDS Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
amazing! I love the design of your dragons, you only use zbrush for modeling? :)
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:iconenergy1user:
energy1user Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
look closely i think it is just a picture not a complete 3d model
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:iconrobertods:
RobertoDS Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I think is a model created with zbrush and then colored .... maybe with photoshop.
I found this [link]
... and his tutorial "dragon z-brush modeling" on youtube, that was what I was looking for, but thanks anyway for the reply.
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:iconblackjamie:
blackjamie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
is that kind of like "leaflets three, don't touch me" ?
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:iconnebezial:
nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
pretty much, yes :)
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:iconblackjamie:
blackjamie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
isn't interesting that all the really important information comes in the form of rhymes we teach our children.
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:iconnebezial:
nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
rhymes are fun :)
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:iconblackjamie:
blackjamie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
and essy to remember...especally limericks....:)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing!
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Budumpshh Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
awesome :D
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:icondarklarik:
Darklarik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Could you make a tutorial on how you make such good lizard scales?
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:iconel-douglas:
el-douglas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
wicked
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:iconsekhimet:
Sekhimet Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Black and gold is my favorite color scheme. :D
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:iconchwen-hoou:
Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Outstanding work and damn good advice.
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:iconemmaethyst:
Emmaethyst Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I could see this on the cover of a book like Eragon. :) You never cease to be amazing!
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:iconthehappy3:
TheHappy3 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YES.
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YukiSchneider666 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so fucking awesome!!!! :omfg:
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gomjibar22 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I love it! Is this out yet?
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:iconcuradh:
Curadh Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Your designs are insanely good, not to mention your world's consistency! How intelligent are dragons in the world of Ravine?
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:iconnebezial:
nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
it is a topic of many books in ravine. on the srface it would appear that dragons live a simple pack based life, never developping technology, never creating or building. on the other side they are undeniably very intelligent. the lack of creative drive is mostlikely caused by the lack of need. a dragon has no purpose for a house, or a weapon or an armor.

old writings seem to imply that eldest dragons were vastly more intelligent than the wisest scollars of the age. but old writings for a long while claimed that dragons turned into rainbows when they die, so truth remains shrouded
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AtholTheDestroyer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From what I can gather, very.
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asemharun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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:iconblack-ronin1228:
black-ronin1228 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
So are you the guy who got to create Smaug? If not, you should have been!
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:iconnebezial:
nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
nope, and even if by some miracle i was offered the chance i would decline. i never want to work on the stuff i truly geek out about. XD
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black-ronin1228 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
The last part is very true. Sometimes working on what we geek out on, we forget to understand the possible ramifications of everyone else in the whole world thinking it sucked, and being blamed for something akin to Jar Jar Binks, LOL!
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fake173 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I can almost here its teeth grinding!
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Primeron Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Do you think that some day you may pile all these quotes and pictures into a large sourcebook?
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:iconabyssiner:
Abyssiner Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
T-this is.. AWESOME!
Wow, i don't know how write dow this Awesomness.
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:iconmudbogz:
mudbogz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd give him ear skritchies... if he had obvious ears... Maybe a good belly rub....
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:iconkriticalchaos:
KriticalChaos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how it looks like hes smiling kinda. Good work
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:iconxineoo:
XineoO Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
perfect painting :D
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The dragon is really beautiful, the logo is very off-putting. I would seriously, with all good intent, suggest that you remove the logo or place it elsewhere if you have the freedom to do so. Love the scales and shark-teeth used to show the pointy bits, it really helps with the realistic feel :).
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
very natural looking. good work.
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:iconvivilee:
ViviLee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
He looks awsome and reminds me a little bit of Deathwing from WoW

I love your art
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:iconequusamor:
equusamor Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
i can pick out a lot of things in this picture but i'm unsure how you made the individual scales. may i request a tutorial? :)
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:iconpanthere-noir:
Panthere-Noir Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
He mixes 3D modelling and painting.
You can see his 3D modelling here [link]
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:iconequusamor:
equusamor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
please... what program do you use?? -hands and knees- i... must know.... i.... want... to make....
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BeatchBall Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012   Writer
You feel shame wash over you as you realize, no matter what you do, you will never be as cool as this dragon looks. Well done, nebezial.
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