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Snap dragon rider 1 by Samuel-Paul Snap dragon rider 1 by Samuel-Paul
Revised snap dragon.... again... now with new sexy FIRE! HOT HOT HOT, MOVE OUT THE WAY!
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:iconzlmike:
ZLMike Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student General Artist
A dragon with a turtle face never looked any better 
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
...or is it a turtle in a dragon costume... perhaps I should have put it in the cosplay section.
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ZLMike Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Nah, no need. Still looks great (;
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AlexandersMantids Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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BuntschwarzSue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, nice work , keep on
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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thebryancrump Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
cool
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
doh, I was going for hot.... tsssss
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MonkeyAngelou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wHOA! That dragon reminded me of a turtle at first! I love turtles :3~~~ Plus there is a person riding it! I would love to be that guy lmao! Nice work!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, I plagiarised a turtle face.... have at you nature!
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:iconderzaknight:
derzaknight Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student General Artist
nicely done
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ty
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ratcabob Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahahaha I love your description first of all. LOL
Very nice dragon concept and I like the fact that it has a lot of turtle characteristics in it; something that I don't see often. Very eye catching. ^_^
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, i'm nature's own plagiarist.
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:iconcreasowl:
CreaSowl Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ty
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:iconbofeng:
BoFeng Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Too kind.
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xianxiu-ling Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist
nice work!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank yaw!
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Narodenia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice detail within the dragon and the warrior. The dragons face looks a bit like a turtle though? Its interesting.
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aye, it's a Snapping turtle head, frog/toad body in the context of a dragon..... or something. ;)
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KChampeny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Reminds me of every time I try to feed my snapping turtle, she is going to get a finger one of these days. Very cool work.
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I cannot ask for a greater accolade. I used to know a guy that kept a Snapping Turtle and Nile Croc in the same pond/room, can't underestimate those turtles, they are badass to the core.
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KChampeny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very true, I'll take extra care with my digits.
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
tools of the trade ;)
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blazi76 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like colour scheme and concept.
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, it was one of those doodles that just didn't stop soon enough.
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Farathil Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
On the contrary to what nsohio said, I think the lines fit the type of dragon your going for he looks kinda like a snapping turtle. ;)
Also the fire "COULD" use a little work, BUT don't totally redo it it's your style and don't figure out how someone else does it so it can look more "up to par" with some one elses.
I actually like the style of your fire, and I think you should branch off of what you have.
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not happy with fire... FIRE BAAAD!

The creature obviously is referenced from a snapping turtle, but the body I imagined a kind of flying amphibian. So the skin I was aiming for would be a dry toad like skin I guess.
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nsohio44890 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I would recommend not using so much smudge tool for fire and all of the lines on the dragons wings going horizontal put them on a different layer and blur them a bit when your done it will look better when zooms closer
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah the fire is weak, it's on my todo list.

The lines, another weak point, I knocked them out real quick, and thought they actually looked quite good for the little effort. I'll clean them up, do as you say, but i'll put that to the bottom of my rapidly expanding list ;)
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Valerie-V Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
The mouth is awesome. Cool work!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you kindly.
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Sybcells Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Incredible picture! I love it! :D 

(I really like the fire effect... very effective!)
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, fire will be improved upon though, when I get a chance.
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MyC-chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe a dragon turtle interesting idea XD
the skin looks great ,the fire is quite plastic but not bad at all and the idea is nice too.
The dragon looks quite funny, i never saw anything like that , you are definitely good with dragons
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I'm really not happy with the fire, that's what I'll tackle on the next iteration.
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MyC-chan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm well i personally draw fire differently. I don't have any artworks to show you, but i am quite happy with my lava and fire i mostly doodle it so i think it's in no artwork of mine. Some tutorials on here are very helpful and so are some on youtube too, try to find some.  Haha perhaps i should do some on elements cuz i love to doodle those so much xD

Fire in very short :
- starting with an orange and drawing some lines up and blur those a tiny bit ( i suggest two layers one with stable and behind one with blur)
 you can use liquify if you got photoshop to create some  lines that look natural ( pictures of fire as reference are always useful as with everything one loves to draw but has not yet got the hand out of it)
-then you clip and draw some darker tones at the bottom, you can use a noise or spread brush ( many in ps and some good in sai too)
-with yellow ( with clip again on a new layer) you can draw the very tops and use quite of screen and luminosity with some redish and orangish tones ( draw some crazy stripes and blur those) 

Lava in very short too :
Messy red and brown tones with much noise and everything to get the colour right, then with luminosity draw some lines as if you are drawing a sea or something, and add some shadows to make those waves stronger. Some floating pieces of stones etc will be nice too if you add them. WIth screen and luminosity draw some wavy lines again and with luminosity try to add noise ( photoshop) or sai (brush) and then create some very glowing shiny spots, you can then with photoshop make those glow and with luquify you can turn them into fire or something. 

If this anyhow helped i hope so, if not tutorials tutorials i find them very helpful because there is one for simply everything XD
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks MyC,
   This fire was a little experimental, and very quick. You can see how the method changes across the picture. I will be redoing it after I peruse some tutorials... Did you see my barbarian/wyvern and the fireball I did there, it's a lot better, even though it was done ages before. Still I know it's not perfect, hence this latter experiment.
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MyC-chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes i saw it 
the fire is good yes indeed.

I like to just doodle around elements and i am sure you will get better in those things soon too, your dragons are very nice too and i find them very hard to draw 
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Keedie-Mo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for you!
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raidan1280 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool!!! The head of this creature is a tortoise, right?
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Snapping turtle, and a flying amphibious body. Cheers.
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m0thman72 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll take that.
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naama6699 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work!!!
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Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thnak you!
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