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Nezha and the Dragon King by AcaciaTree Nezha and the Dragon King by AcaciaTree
FULLVIEW OR ELSE please :)

*edit 1: more highlights on dragon*
*edit 2: added shadows on the ground*

There's a good 20 hours of my life right there :ohnoes:
For :iconmollinda:'s Myths and Legends Contest.

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The legend of Nezha is an old Chinese story of Nezha, a young boy with god-like powers. There are many versions of the tale, but the one I know goes like this:

Nezha was the son of a general, but at birth he was a strange lotus/sack-like object. When his father tried to cut open the object, Nezha was born. He acquired two magical weapons: a sash that could grow to any leangth and a large gold bracelet that could be thrown [like a boomerang].

When he was young, the land was drought stricken. The townsfolk made many offerings to the Dragon King of the East Sea, Ao Guang, but he ignored their pleas for rain. Nezha had multiple conflicts with Ao Guang and his sea creatures, even killing Ao Guang's son and fighting the king himself. Enraged by Nezha's actions, Ao Guang allied with his brothers, the Dragon Kings of the North, West, and South Seas. The four dragon kings flooded Nezha's town and threatened to kill his parents. As Nezha could not defeat all four dragon kings, he offered to kill himself to save his parents and townspeople. Using his father's sword, he committed suicide but saved everyone else.
[which would be the scene here hint hint]

Happy ending: Nezha is resurrected by an old wiseman and becomes even more powerful than before. He defeats Ao Guang and forces him to end the town's drought.
:D
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Couldn't have made the pic without:
:bulletred: ~MadamGrief-Stock's rock texture [link]
:bulletred: ~nico89-fx's lightning tutorial [link]
:bulletred: =koisnake's rain tutorial [link]
And wikipedia :)
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Software: Photoshop CS2
Hardware: Wacom Bamboo Fun
Musicware: iTunes FTW
Time: 20 hours
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:iconchotabear:
chotabear Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I love this dragon. He has such a great facial expression !!!
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:iconm-dot:
m-dot Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
very nice!
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:icondraconis1609:
Draconis1609 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
This deviation has been featured on our dragon club #DragonSpirit-Club :icondragonspirit-club: as part of our Weekly Feature and this journal entry.

I gave this one a feature because I simply love the cartoony style. :XD: It kinda reminds like something from Disney cartoons. ^^
Congratulations! :wave:
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Awesome, thanks! :D
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:iconjoel-swedish-dragon:
Joel-Swedish-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Kewl. :]
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:iconchicky-the-dragon:
Chicky-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is an amazing piece :)
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:iconladyshar:
LadyShar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student General Artist
i will just say this, if you bring tradition into this, then you have an imperial dragon, they have 5 claws, and all the normal 'foo' dragons have only 4. imperial dragons are only used for imperials, as in emporier.
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
b-b-b-but he's the big giant dragon king of everything king-like and sparkly :D
glad to see that other people know the whole claw thing though :)
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:iconladyshar:
LadyShar Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student General Artist
why else to you think i watch dragon artists? I LOVE DRAGONS! live breath eat sleep dragons!
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:iconbluefire-amaterasu:
Bluefire-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Good job on this picture! I like the design of the dragon and the background looks great too!
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Why thank you very much :)
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:iconbluefire-amaterasu:
Bluefire-Amaterasu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :D
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:iconanthony-g:
anthony-g Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009   Digital Artist
Hey nice work on this! :D
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Thankerchiefs! :icontissueplz:
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:iconmidnaplumm:
midnaplumm Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
now that is really cool

im really weird but i really like the background. its really cool
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Thankies! :D Haha the background was made in the most weirdest of ways involving multiple ps filters and lighting adjustments and color balance changes and blablablageektalk :)
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:iconsamamish:
Samamish Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow. That's amazing. The foreshortening is perfect!
But only 20 hours? I would've expected longer. Great job. :)
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Thankies! =]
lol 20 hours feels like a long time haha
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
I like this - really great composition!

One *teensy* suggestion though would be to maybe add dotty highlights on the dragon, in the same way the edges of the shading are. Scales are reflective so even in low light they'd glimmer a little, and it would give the dragon some more texture too :)

But seriously great entry :#1:
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Okay, I'll try that, thanks for the suggestion! :nod:
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
No probs! Let me know how you get on :)
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
I put on more speckles of light like you said, but do you think it's a bit too much? It's already uploaded.
Thanks for the help!
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
No I really like it!

Cell shading is limiting when you're doing reptiles so it's sometimes good to just deviate a little :D
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:iconmt-y:
MT-y Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that looks really good! the coloring is really impressive for sure. and I love that background

And everything is in proportion lol :P
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:iconacaciatree:
AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Thankies! :D

Haha I had to redo the proportions some 50 billion times to make them look okay lol
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:iconmt-y:
MT-y Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol that's what I have the most problems with haha :)
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