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The concept for this one took me quite some time, but I really wanted to participate. This is my second attempt, the dragonriders of Pern turned out to be a lot of trouble, so I went for the dragon who guards its treasure.

Created for the Epic Challenge [link] on :iconmanipulatethis: level 2

Stock list:
Mandatory stock:
Dragon: [link]
Knight: [link]

Additional stock:
For the background:
Cave: [link]
Floor in cave: [link]
Sky: [link]
Texture on cave walls: [link]

Dragon fire: [link]
Sword: [link]

Treasure with chest: [link]
Treasure heap at dragon: [link]
Vases: my own, (by Annexcafe components)
Gempile: my own, (by Annexcafe components)
Amethysts on foreground: my own, tubed by Juliette ([link])

Many thanks to the stockproviders:
:iconelevit-stock::iconcobweb-stock::iconbookwack::iconmomotte2stocks::iconsomadjinn::iconshd-stock::icontatteredbutterfly::iconfairiegoodmother:

Software used: Paint Shop Pro 8
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SecretDarTiste Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful concept! :love:
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much :)
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CathleenTarawhiti Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
Love this!
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much!
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jacqueline-rojo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Great idea and lovely excution, love the swirl of the fire! :heart:
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool! :D I love all the treasure--those are some lovely vases this dragon has collected! ;)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I also feel like a magpie when I see all the shinies - wanna wanna!! I can imagine why the dragon wanted to have those vases, they are shiny too ;)
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Momotte2stocks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hello dear !! your lovely work is in my journal :[link]

Thank you so much for loving my stocks ! :dance:
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, I go have a look right away!
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Momotte2stocks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work ! :clap:
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much :)
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teMan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nicely done :aww: I like the idea :aww:
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Lovely, thanks for using my stock and letting me know :) You are welcome to use my part for your facebook account
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:iconik-ben-10eke:
ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot Nicolas.
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somadjinn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
Welcome :)
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RandyGootjes Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
zkr ook wel goed gelukt, alleen zou ik denk ik wel om het af temaken nog even een curve layer erbovenop gooien
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel. Ik vergeet dat soort dingen altijd. Ik werk niet met Photoshop, maar denk dat ik wel weet waar ik het kan vinden in PSP ;)
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inner-outsider Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If the knight does get the treasure - I may marry him! Great work :)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL
Thanks ;)
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Wimmeke63 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Heel mooi gemaakt 10eke,met die schat heel leuk bedacht!!!!!
Komt je inspiratie uit een boek of zo?
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel :)
In eerste instantie wilde ik iets doen met draken in de lucht en ruiters daarop. Maar het lukte me niet om een ridder netjes op zo'n draak neer te zetten. Daarom de schat; jaren geleden zag ik een afbeelding van een draak in een grot omringd door allerlei glimmer en schitter, ben vergeten wie de kunstenaar was. Dit is een povere indruk daarvan, "mijn" draak heeft nog lang zo veel glimmers niet verzameld ;)
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Wimmeke63 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Nochtans vind ik het mooi! :)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Dragonriders of Pern are some of my all-time favorite books! Good treasure choices. I went with a more subdued treasure pile, but I think I like the more overt style you've chosen.
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

I found out there are now more books in the Pern series, Mrs. MacCaffey's son is involved in the project now, it spans eons. I need to find some of the newer books.
For this manip, it was just I started to late for the Pern concept. I really wanted the tread in it, but did not know how to depict the "threat of the tread".
This treasure is a good second, I love it, but it makes me greedy ;)
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
For the thread - how about a half-clear sky and the other half with a grey cloud-like overcast with a rain of silvery threads? Remember they fall in clumps, not straight like rain. Then the massed dragons/riders could meet the fall at the edge, cutting swaths with fire. Another thought I just had - how about a ground scene with stacks of firestone and riders feeding their dragons in preparation - the cloud of thread could be far off in the distance. I can't think how to do the harness situation for the riders though. Would have to be painted, but the arrangement of straps could be difficult.

More books by her son? That's terrific! He'd co-wrote some of the later ones, so I can completely see him taking over the series.
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found the info on Wiki: [link]
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Oh thanks! I've not read some of those. A trip to the bookstore or Amazon is in my future I can see :love:
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
We have Sinterklaas here, but I put all kinds of art materials on my wishlist. Don't you have that gift stuff at Christmas?
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Yes. Good idea - I'll add them to my wishlist at Amazon for my daughters to get for me! I've asked my husband for a Wacom tablet :love:
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, you see, so much to think of, and I only started last Friday. I noticed one dragon in the mandatory stock which had some spikes near its beak, which made me think of holders for the firestone sacks. I tried to fit a rider on one of the dragons but had trouble to manipulate it in a natural pose, (if you can consider riding a dragon natural ;))
It was some 10-12 years ago when I read those stories, so I forgot what the tread actually looked like, I had clouds of red, whirly rain-like stuff in mind, but you're right, it was more like silver. It remember the red star had something to do with it.
I really need to re-read the books again!
Do you know the novels by Robin Hobb? Those are ones that once you've finished them let you have trouble adjusting to the normal world again... I would not suggest to read part 2 of the Soldier Son Trilogy when you want to loose some weight, at least I gained some when reading it...
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I was having some issues with that a few weeks ago for something else I was doing, so I rendered a dragon and rider to try different poses. [link]
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So nice if you know how to work with those 3D software, I never got the hang of it except for Terragen, but that is landscapes.
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