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Gatekeeper by JoJoesArt Gatekeeper by JoJoesArt
The last light you will see,
is the fire in his eyes...

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YAY!! Drew a dragon again and it was so much fun!! This one took me about 15 hours, all done in PS CS4, I hope you like it! :hug:

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:iconwillgart:
SanguisGelidus has depicted his subject superbly, conveying the power and colossal size of this serpent amongst its environment.

The glowing scars on its body and replicated onto the foreground, gives this ancient creature a back story, as if it were part of the landscape. The great blue ocean has been masterfully captured, the stunning dynamic lighting penetrating through the surface downwards to the depths shows Gelidus' knowledge and practice of painting water. Although it may be argued that this would dwarf the monster with no direct reference for scale, the inclusion of a rocky sea bed reintroduces the creatures size without conflicting with the composition of the piece.

The creatures face has also been executed extremely well, however maybe some fins or limbs could've been added to the 'body', to reinforce the believability of the creatures anatomy. Final criticism, for me, would be with regards to the title of the piece, being named "Gatekeeper" it would've been great to have had a gateway for it to be protecting. Or perhaps that is what the purple glow is being emitted from? That aside, the piece is impeccable in detail and the rich, luminous colours draws the observer inwards.

Fantastic :D

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:iconzhaanman:
Man what can I say other that Brilliant technique and style to this imaginative Beauty!!! I love the depth of this and how vivid the colors are!!! They practically caress the edges as if light themselves, it gives form and texture to the look of this fierce beast!!

There's such attention to detail, I love the cracks along the eye and horn that really adds to the character of this beast. To see its burning interior glowing through shows the heated nature of the beast!! An then there's those piercing eyes staring you down as it seems to hold you in its gaze preparing to strike!!
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felishathewolf1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:D
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
WONDERFUL O_O
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:iconthaleia1:
thaleia1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing!!
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:iconangely99:
Angely99 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the dragon's left eye(from dragon's view) is so amazing! And the lighting at the bottom is incredible! :wow:
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:icon2ndcandle:
2ndCandle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where's the keymaster?

Awesome art :D
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Elvia-Zodiac Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
i love the lighting on the bottom
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theryo99 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh god this is the creepyest eyes what i see :fear:
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:iconmangafa20:
mangafa20 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow sehr cool und ich mag die details von diese drache und deie werk is wunderschon.
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:iconkpop-44:
Kpop-44 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Whoa. That is both creepy and stunning. :heart:
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:iconellen05:
Ellen05 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
…wow O.o
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:iconagacora:
Agacora Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's . . . It's beautiful.
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:iconunisama:
unisama Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok I was looking through your pictures, admiring them and such. But when I went onto this one, I gained such a love from this that my eyes started to water...

Lol no joke. The detail, that expression oh my gawd I'm in love with this. I want to save this photo just to see forever lol just wow. I'm not sure why it made me so emotional though. I do have a love for mythological creatures.

I will be as good as you one day! >:) it is officially one of my long term goals.
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Dragondog2233 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, but what happened to it's face!!:iconimhorrifiedplz:
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:iconzyari:
Zyari Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Stunning! Beautiful work :D
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:iconzayzael:
ZayZael Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is a wonderful darker way to portray the guardian side of a dragon, as they are sometimes said to be. I love the colr scheme, and the use of a different style of these incredible beasts.
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celestialeuphoria Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the colors.
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:iconcupcakekitten20:
cupcakekitten20 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Wow! That's really scary lol. Awesomely drawn though. I absolutely LOVE the colors!! I have noticed the beautiful colors you use in a lot of your pictures :wow: GREAT JOB!
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yozegami Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
intense! really nice :3
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:iconthefirefox3:
TheFireFox3 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS i'm going to have night mares now for a month!!!
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:iconsilent-faces:
silent-faces Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I like the way you colored it, but the neck seems a bit thick to me.
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:iconwegraman:
WegraMan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
SICK SICK SICK SICK SICK! <3
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:iconnecomiki:
Necomiki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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:iconchipongo:
chipongo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
dude you are amazing (:
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery! :iconfantasyfans101:
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:icongoddessofownage:
goddessofownage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the dark colors on this creature. It's truly magestic.
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:iconshirvell:
Shirvell Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I love those eyes! *.*
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:iconscorchyz:
Scorchyz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is incredible! <3
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:iconsyarette:
Syarette Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Amazing, love the colors and lighting <3
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat looking painting! Great colors in this as well. :)
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:iconbobothebard:
BoboTheBard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
This...this is so epic. Awesome!
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Faul-T-Wiring Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Beautiful. I love the colouring and the red and pink make a great contrast to the blue green colours of the water.
That, and I adore dragons. :XD:

Favy'd
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry I took a while to comment, busy Christmas time haha. This... I mean THIS. Is awesomeness. Both dramatic lighting and well placed detailing makes this an stunning work of art. Keep it up!
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JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww, thank you! :hug: And no problem, my christmas time was busy too! ^^ And also congratz, that your latest piece got so many favourites! It is well deserved!! :D
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
impressive
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:iconboobsareimportant:
boobsareimportant Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Looks amazing man c:
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:iconmippieart:
mippieArt Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Featured -> [link]
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Stardash1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
so demonic, It's bloody awesome!!:thumbsup:
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional
wow! great light!!!!!
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Sorceress-Rallah Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Another amazing, stunningly beautiful, and fabulosly detailed piece. Wow. :heart: :D
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:iconjojoesart:
JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! ^^ :hug:
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Awesome
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gata-hueca Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the way you did the red glow and the spindly horns :0
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gata-hueca Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can I marry your art?
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:iconjojoesart:
JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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RhodArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EPIC DRAGON!!! >w<
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LadyKotohime Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint:

This is so amazing.
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:iconspontaneousfork:
SpontaneousFork Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the effect on the scales! And the red cracks on his face look brilliant!
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xXGrinsekatze Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ist ja ein klasse bild! XD
hasre echt super gemacht! :D
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:iconjojoesart:
JoJoesArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dankeee! :D
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xXGrinsekatze Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bitttö! ^^
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