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The Illuminated Dragon by karichristensen The Illuminated Dragon by karichristensen
Updated again Aug 5 2005* Old version [link]

Updated Feb 18 2005* Occassionaly I give into the guilty pleasure of redoing old work. I repainted the old man in this one and added more detail.

Illustration for the wonderful short story "The Illuminated Dragon" by Sarah Prineas.
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:iconharrisonvil:
HARRISONVIL Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
thats way cool
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:iconjkemp:
jkemp Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
cool character... well done.
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:icontheonlymisterme:
theOnlyMisterMe Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
GAH!! i hate you, but in a good way - as in ur a brilliant artist and i love your stuff and it annouys me as to how omeone can be so good!! :)
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:iconkarichristensen:
karichristensen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005  Professional
oh I'm just a drop in the bucket -there's many too great artists out there to hate:)
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:icontheonlymisterme:
theOnlyMisterMe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
indeed, lol
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:iconsanction:
Sanction Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2005
it looks as though the dragon is stealing the mans youth almost like a parisite. i love it
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:iconinflamesfin:
inflamesFIN Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
great work
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:iconinflamesfin:
inflamesFIN Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
grat work
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:iconbearcavestudios:
bearcavestudios Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
amazing piece of work
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:iconeclipz04:
eclipz04 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful. I love your work, the detail in this piece is stunning. Great job

-brita
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:iconwarhead82:
Warhead82 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
sweet ass stuff!
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:iconjung:
Jung Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
I like the book, it's well done.
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:iconthebutterfly17:
Thebutterfly17 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
awesome!
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:iconsykin:
Sykin Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
Great job! He reminds me so much of the character from that book I never finished reading... I believe it was Dragons of a Fallen Sun or something--There's a man that I am reminded of when I look at this picture. The old man had the power to see through lies or something with 'lens' or these circular glasses. And look what we have here!

Amazing detail--The little golden dragon familiar is a great addition! He really looks way out there in his own mind, or peering right through the essence of reality--Just what Fantasy is all about.
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:iconjoeiepaul:
joeiepaul Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
wicked keen! Like the colors
eerie too
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:iconsh4down:
Sh4down Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
nice
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
lovely piece!
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:iconkarichristensen:
karichristensen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Professional
thank you:)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner May 9, 2004  Professional Photographer
Really nice, almost has an editorial illustration style and feel to it
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:iconhokuto:
hokuto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2003
Ohhhhhhhhhhh... *faint*

Now that is simply gorgeous. I stand in awe, and worship. Worship Worship Worship
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:iconsigu:
sigu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
Truely beautiful :) (Smile)
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:iconcelia69:
celia69 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003
Nice work!! Colours work well together.
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:iconm4ck:
m4ck Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
It is an excellent drawing, I love each line, it is very representative, the colors are perfect, great work :) (Smile)
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:iconbilly-elliot:
billy-elliot Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003
Love the textures. Amazing detail
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:iconnexxa:
nexxa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003
This makes me want to read Anne McCaffery again! I've been facinated by tiny dragons since childhood. I really love this piece. Great work!

Nexxa
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:icondholms:
dholms Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
excellant choice to feature noir!
i love the whole idea of miniature dragons.
i've even written a story with one,...
(yes, believe or not, i can write! heh.)
this is a wonderful illustration.
love the illumination going on around his
head as if implying that the imagination is alit!
excellant job!
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:iconmilpalabras:
milpalabras Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003
Oh my God,this is amazing - great job.
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:iconlre:
lre Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2003
A truely wonderful composition. Well done.
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:iconblackwidowspider:
blackwidowspider Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2003
this is quite interesting ^_^
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samuriplatypus Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2003
I'm genenrally not a huge fan of Photoshop "painting" but I really like this. Maybe because it seems like you can see brush strokes, or maybe I'm just being worn down lol

Great work!
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xomatose Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2003   Interface Designer
oh wow. this, i thought, would be an illustration of some kind -- there is too much story feeling in it.
great lines and expression... just lovely.
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:iconmagiqual:
magiqual Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2003
Wow, simply amazing! :) (Smile) -glomps the dragon- so cute! :) (Smile) Your art has a bit of the style of an artist who'se a family friend, Viktor Gad. I really like this piece! +fav
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:icongetinit:
getinit Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2003
Im jealous - you are very talented!
Cc Rider
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:iconinterzonepolice:
interzonepolice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003  Professional General Artist
gotta love things like this. love love love.
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:icondecember:
december Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
Hahah, thats allmost commical, I think its the look on his face. Not much detail but the texture and colour is good, and everything is in its right place. Mmmm, well done.
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defmunky Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
very cool illustration :) (Smile) i like the style and the coloring. *cough* the only thing that bugs me is the texture line at the bottom. :( (Sad) i didn't mean to point it out, but i thought u might want to know. interesting style indeed...
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melleciouss Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist



ohhh...lil dragon!!!!

magnificent work!!!!


^,,^
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:iconkarichristensen:
karichristensen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003  Professional
Bless your souls. Today's been a crappy day. One of those days when I wonder why I chose illustration for a job. But, this is kind encouragement- thank you. Beware of art directors. . .
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monkboy5469 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
it's just like.. whoooaEyepopping .the dragon seems a bit out of place but in a good way. very nice work. excellent coloring and such.
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marionette Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
wow! what an awesome illustration! :3 :3 :3 the colors the shading! such a lovely style.. I am amazed with all the texture and such! so impressed! :3 :3
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:iconsexualpanda:
sexualpanda Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
you definitely earned the DD on this one. the detail is incredible.

---a.
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:iconhippogriffon:
hippogriffon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
Really cool.
You did a good work.
And I love dragon.
How did you do this work ?
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:iconin-sanity:
in-sanity Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
Drool

I love the dragon and it's amazing detail but the human character is absolutely magnificent too. Outstanding work... Thumbs Up
:) (Smile)
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:iconcableclair:
cableclair Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
this ROCKS!!! I LOVE this. DIG DIG DIG. Fav. most defenitly.
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
hahahahah!!!! looks like hairy potter when he's 150!!! hahahahah!!!
great work!!!!




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:iconhammy87:
hammy87 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003
OH MY~! This is jus soooooo nice~! i Love it~!
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:iconnebu:
nebu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely fabulous work again hun!! Would love to see the whole story. The layout is great, as is the lighting and colors. Love the little dragon! Wonderful work my friend!! +fav
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eh0728 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2003
Hey all i can say is this.......................wow. *applauds*...amazing, great piece, definitely fav.!
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:iconendregan:
endregan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2003
man thats awesome. you do art for a living i guess? thats really awesome, much love its hard work. :) (Smile) this piece is exceptionally well done
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sensarealiefe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2003   Writer
i love it!! it's awesome :) (Smile) if the story's as good as your painting, i might check it out :) (Smile)
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