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ROUND #136 VOTING
Topic: Beatific Dragon with Breath Weapon!!
Deadline for the voting: Wednesday 25 March 2009
Posting thread (closed): C.O.W. - #136 Beatific Dragon with Breath Weapon!
OK - before voting/posting read this!!!
1. Please give c&c or a reason why you voted for the image!
2. Feel free to comment on any or all entries, the artists will appreciate it!
3. No voting for your own entry!!! If a participants votes for his own entry, every member has the right to call him a stupid lame moron in this thread! And i will delete his/her vote anyway...
4. The poll is public and everyone will be able to see who votes for whom. No self-votes.
Last edited by Michael Jaecks; March 18th, 2009 at 02:34 PM.
Concept: Pope Dragon
The year of our Lord 1520 was one of great change for the Catholic Church. As a response to threats of reformation and break-up of the Church, the High of Council of the Vatican devised several counter-attacks to maintain their power over the faith. Some of them are widely known by history: excommunications, arrests and religious conflicts broke out all over Europe. But the Church also created darker solutions to resolve the power struggle.
Considered to be the most polemic of the plans created by the Vatican was the so-called "Holy Dragon Initiative". Spearheaded by Cardinal Vespucius of Tiber, the plan made use of ancient Vatican documents, from a time the Church flirted with the occult as a way of converting the masses of Pagans still unconvinced about the power of the One God.
The documents described how the power of pure faith (combined with a potent alchemic cocktail), could transform a Holy Man into a creature of awesome and righteous power, a Dragon that would carry the Holy Cross into the enemy's territory and purify it using a spray of the "Blood of Christ", a powerful venom able to penetrate the minds of people, making them susceptible to forced conversion. the Dragon would be entirely obedient to the keepers of the true church, and practically indestructible.
The documents stated that the higher the ranking of the transformed Holy Man, more powerful the Dragon would be, so to maximize the effect, an edict was created to make Thales, a lowly monk from the north of Italy, Pope for 24 hours. During that period he was infused with the alchemic solution and induced to repeat a mystical chant six hundred times. He was then walled in the depths of the Vatican Prison, in total darkness.
The next day they opened the cell, and from it emerged the terrible creature, fuming and dripping holy blood. The Cardinals were in awe. But the plan backfired: The Dragon was bound to obey only to the true heirs of Christ's Church, but at this point the Church had changed so much that the Dragon would not recognize it as the same faith from ancient times. It immediately killed the cardinals, and for three days and nights it trashed the labyrinthine corridors of the Vatican Underground Complex, his glowing bleeding heart producing hot venom capable of burning the walls, and devouring the "holy men" that now dominated the Vatican.
The legend tells that the Dragon was only a few doors from emerging to the outside world when it met its Nemesis: a vatican housekeeper who himself carried the true christian faith in his heart. The Dragon kneeled before the poor man, waiting for orders like a dog. The man, upset with all the destruction the Dragon had caused to the place he cared for so many years, ordered the creature to disappear, thus saving the Vatican from completed obliteration.
The Vatican leaders, afraid of uncontrollable destruction among their own ranks, realized they didn't want a defender of the true faith, but rather of the faith they could lord over. The ancient documents were destroyed, and the janitor was executed to keep the secret of their shame from spreading. His name was never known.
Last edited by xgabo; March 17th, 2009 at 11:50 AM.
Concept: Lux Coma
Rarely seen and even less often encountered, Lux Coma are called in in service of light only when the forces of darkness are nearing the verges of heaven itself, where they live out their otherwise extroardinarily long lives; streaming brilliant white feathers and able to call upon a living incarnation of divine light, these majestic creatures are wondrous and immutable defenders of their domain.
Concept: Make love, not war
The Dragons of Hyperborea had a terrible reputation. Many noble knights and dragonslayers from all over the world traveled there to challenge the mighty beast, but few ever returned. No one knew what made these dragons so invincible, as none of the homecomers talked much about the experience, at least nothing coherent.
Until the orcish army tried to overrun the country. It was stopped at the borders by the hyperborean dragons without a fight. They circled over the battlefield spitting clouds of vapor on the combat-ready warriors. Whoever inhaled the dragon's breath was overwhelmed with love and joy. This turned the battlefield into a mass orgy, while the evil wizards who led the orcish forces contemplated the beauty of creation or giggled at their ridiculous robes.
The army dispersed. Parts of it retreated to their homeland, where the wizards were put to the torture to tell what really happened at the borders of Hyperborea. Some warriors even killed themself to save their honor. But others stayed in Hyperborea to live there with their true love happily ever after.
Last edited by benu; March 15th, 2009 at 04:20 PM.
Concept: Calm Bringer
Time was that dragons were harbingers of destruction and evil, creating chaos and wanton destruction. Brave knights were sent out to slay these beasts again and again many fell but some succeeded and slowly the dragons numbers dwindled. For creatures that only bred every five hundred years or so this was terrible. It was when a young monk discovered a dragon egg abandoned when its mother had been killed, the dragons cave had been looted but the egg had been overlooked as just a rock.
He took the egg back to the monastery and started to say prayers over the egg for the next fifty years of his life until it hatched. The white tiny creature crawled out the darkened egg and immediately the monk knew his prayers had worked. This dragon was brilliant white, with feathered wings and tiny halo's round its gold spikes. As the dragon grew it of course attracted the interest of the local knights and more than once the dragons elderly carer wringed his hands in fear. But not once did the knights ever get close to the dragon let alone injure it, its breath was a thick pink smoke that smelled strongly of strawberries and spring days and when it dissipated the knights no longer had an urge to fight and dropped thier sword and shield and trotted off into the sunset. In due course the monk died and the white dragon took off into the sky and undoubtedly spawned tales of angels as well as a fair few baby dragons who blessed by good continued their parents legacy.
Last edited by kovah; March 16th, 2009 at 12:16 PM.
When the war between Heaven and Hell is unleashed upon Man's land; wherein demons and blackened souls rush over to engulf the world with evil and malice, the last remaining guardians and beacons of hope to defend the righteous and the weak will come in the form of spectacular beasts long thought to be forgotten in myth and lore. They are the the Omnidracum, loyal winged chariots of the Archangels. They are revered by the faithful and feared by the Godless. They have wisdom that spans eons, their ferocity in battle matched only by their guile and sheer force of will and they are the penultimate embodiments of the destructive power and beauty of nature.
Last edited by dwinbotp; March 15th, 2009 at 08:04 PM.
The Snafeadragus is a "life-keeper". In 2124, the few survivor on the planet earth waited for him. Because they heard that a big dragon will be able to restore and boost the "Tree of Life". because this tree keep hope in the living people on earth and it will be able to give a second chance to the world. But only if they deserved it. They're still waiting and the tree is dying...
Last edited by Pierropod; March 16th, 2009 at 11:12 PM.
Concept: Gleaming Dragon
The Gleaming Dragons were bred by the forces of good to serve as watchdogs against the forces of death and decay. They shun peaceful lands, making their lairs in the darkest, most evil places, seeking out and vanquishing the twisted things that dwell there. When the land is clean and growing again, they grow restless and move on.
Last edited by SPipes; March 18th, 2009 at 01:27 PM.
Concept:Golden Drake of the Sun
When I was a boy, my father would sometimes take me out before dusk to the far parts of the valley. He'd share facts and tell stories of when he was young, the things he'd learned, lessons I should know. He taught me everything.
The sun would be setting gently, and we'd whisper to be silent, unheard. Better to not wake the spirits, he'd always say. When the wind was calm and the sky clear we'd climb atop Graeth's ledge, the catch in our bags, kindle for a fire, a knife and a blade, a boy and his father. We were onlookers to a dying day, awe and wonder binding us in a single moment.
It was on just such a night, as the sun hung it's weary head and began to sleep, that I looked at my father, craving his explanation.
"Father," I said, "where does the day come from?"
His brow crinkled with thought; he let out the strongest sigh. "The great golden drake." He said. "Long ago, long before you were born, even before I was born, before there were even people, the world was a barren and desolate waste. Barren but for the evil that dwelled here. No birds soared in the sky, no ocean for fish to fill, no krad for man to hunt. Darkness had won the earth, and D'dagon reveled in the empty dereliction of his kingdom."
"Ada the golden drake and father to life, saw the earth and wished to bring it light from the darkness that held it.The beast was brilliant and pure, void of any evil, holiness personified. His wings were made of stars and his breath was a beam of light, and with his mighty claws he sank deep into the earth, challenging D'dagon. They fought, clashing over and over, light against darkness, good versus evil."
"Knowing he could never defeat Ada, D'dagon beseeched him, wishing to reach an agreement. Together they would divide the world, half and half, night and day, each for their reign. Now, each morning we see Ada soar in the sky and bring us day and life, while D'dagon lurks in night and the afterlight."
I hate families.
Concept: Bringer of Light
Holy creatures are known to inspire both awe and fear. People have fallen flat on their faces from encounters with mere angels, yet among the ranks of the angels there exist dragons of unearthly might. These Powers, which cause all evildoers to tremble at their very sight, are said to only be unleashed when the forces of evil grow too great, and their appearance is said to herald the end of the world.
All evil dragons are said to have once been good, and it is from these angelic ranks that they fell from grace, to walk beast-like on the earth. When a holy dragon encounters an evil one, he will use his beacon-like breath weapon in an attempt to turn his foe back to the ways of good, burning out all impurities. However, their fallen brethren are often so entrenched in their evil ways that there is no good left, and the burning light of righteousness will destroy them forever.
Concept: White Dragon
When the shadows of hell managed to take hold of the earth, the powers of man were futile in fighting the beasts. Only the rare White Dragon had light energy powerful enough for battle against the ever massing power. With immense bravery and speed, the holy dragons were able to restore life.
Last edited by Jakers; March 16th, 2009 at 03:24 AM. Reason: spelling
Stilver _ eater of embers. Placed to guard the rift between light and darkness. Stilver cleanses flame and darkness from its path with scalding vaporous light.
Concept: Angelo Purificus
The Angelo Purificus is a species of "light" aligned dragons. They are called upon by forces of good during epic battles. Purificus' breath of Purity is a combination of light and flame. When it breathes its flame upon the battlefield it does not worry about friend or foe. The "light" part of its breath protects those aligned with the side of good. Those who are evil are not protected by the light and are thusly incinerated by the "fire" aspect of the Purificus' breath.
Forever sung as a savior, fighting for the pure at heart, this little known creature is but an ancient myth. Born of legends and nurtured in hope, the Dragon of Awe was the always faithful champion of the oppressed.
Passed on from fathers to sons, through generations, the story of the battle of Orth-Mu`jar kept this Awe-Dragon alive in the culture and imagination. Enormous and golden, shining through summer skies, it kept the natural order of thing at balance, never turning on its masters. Us, humans.
Its powerful breath enhanced its presence, ruling both heaven and earth, destroying all that`s obscene, venomous, fiendish and unsightly, vanquishing all evil in us, of us, within us.
Last edited by Chuck,mate.; March 18th, 2009 at 07:45 AM.
Artist: Wacky Wackowski
Concept: Holy Emperor Dragon
In times of darkness, the warriors of Heshrem journey eastward to the holy ruins out in the desert. They seek the Holy Emperor Dragons, whose breath is said to grant divine power against the powers of darkness. These holy beasts are to be feared as much as awed for they do not grant their blessing lightly. The breath of divine power is only for those of noble heart and purity of purpose. To come to the beasts with anything else would be to invite certain death at their hands.
According to legends, a giant winged turtle like dragon once fought the army of darkness with its blinding and powerfull breath of light. After two thousand years the battle isnt over yet, a new marching forces of evil assembles to take over human race. When things started to fall for all mankind, Chelydra, the dragon lord of light heard the plea of these people. And from the mountains of the north Chelydra rises to protect once more the inhabitants of the earth.
"The reason for evil to triumph is when good men do nothing"
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Concept: Life Dragon
For centuries the denizens of Hell have roamed the earth wreaking havoc and destruction leaving scarred barren wastelands in their wake. Humanity has long been extinguished by these hoards transformed into hellish creatures by Kraxuntepus the most diabolical of souls the world has ever seen, whose sole purpose is to eradicate all signs of life.
Trapped and captured long ago by Kraxuntepus, the Life Dragons have managed to escape their bonds, made stronger by their incarceration and torture at the hands of the foul lord. They now begin their quest to restore life and order to the world using their powers of life and rejuvenation to reconstruct the beauty and essence of good that the world once claimed.
Last edited by scorge; March 16th, 2009 at 07:00 PM.
Concept: Soul Searcher
In times of turmoil and challenge, defenders and champions would make themselves known or be chosen. Their worthiness would be tested by seeking and facing the dragon Soul Searcher. The dragon would test bravery and then sample the darkness of the champions soul.
Concept: Breath of Life Dragon
The Breath of Life Dragon's sole purpose is to keep Chaos at bay. While Chaos destroys the world, the Dragon breathes life into the earth from the jewel seeds embedded in his chest. Though the darkness draws ever nearer, the Breath of Life dragon fights for the pureness and simplicity of being.
Concept: Ieb (Pronounced as if saying each letter individually)
Mention of the Ieb is found only in the Apocryphal texts. Descending upon the Earth only during the rapture, the Ieb will spout bubbles from their mouths to capture the innocent within them to protect and remove them from the fight. This weapon deprives the demon hordes of their long sought after revenge upon mankind.
Concept: Draco Paradiso
Long before the first man was created by God, dragons walked the earth. They existed among the animals, communing with their great Creator. Man entered the world afterward; they were overjoyed to meet a being as enlightened as they were. In fact, the dragons cared for man more than any other creature they met. However, their joy turned to terror as Satan brought sin into the world. They foresaw death and destruction, conflict and hatred. Fearing the great evil, the dragons fled across the fields of existence. However, only a few dragons remained. They saw hope in spite of disaster. Inspired to fight back, they pledged to protect man and forever be in God's service. In returned, they were granted the name Draco Paradiso by Adam himself and guaranteed a spot in heaven.
Whenever evil breaks out across the land, whether it be small bands of demons or the Apocalypse itself, these dragons open the gates of heaven to usher in the angels. Their very breath tears open the fabric of space and time, essentially opening a "gate of heaven", allowing the angels to enter the mortal realm. Any fiend caught in the blast are thrust into heaven, disentigrating in the holy light.
Concept: Trinity Dragons
The Trinity Dragons have only been seen soaring through the heavens with a glowing golden form. They watch over the inhabitants below and protect them from forces that seek to harm them. With their breath, they create a compressed sphere of lightning which homes in on its foe. They are always in groups of three.
Artist: Edward B
Concept: Holy Dragon
The holy dragon protects the weak and defenceless from evil forces by an exorcising chime, similar to that imitated by chuchbells. The secret tones sends demons fleeing and withers reanimated bones to dust.
Beatific Dragon with Breath Weapon.
"FAIL, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER"
Ironchicken and ImmortalX, I'm sorry but I couldn't take your entries to the poll due to quality. COW is a weekly activity and I would like folks to put forth their strongest, best possible effort in every round. These entries looked pretty rushed. Keep working in your sketchbooks, look at reference, check around the site for crits from your fellow artists, and please come back to COW in the future. I know anyone and everyone can learn from this activity and grow. You'll always be welcome in the future.
I think a lot of the entries this week are interesting takes on the 'Beatific' theme. At first I thought about pulling entries that were playing off irony a little too much, but, to each his own. The poll will sort out the concept art that took the theme and really ran with it.
And the new round is on:
Tried to praise and crit all of them, many were better than mine so i dunno i'm bad at criting things i think are better than mine...
XGABO: You got my vote! Awesome picture and awesome story to explain it. Would have maybe liked to see it in the catacombs though maybe sorta in situe.
Mr--Jack: Love the pose and the over all design, bits of it look a little unfinnished to me and the back foot doesn't quite make sense to me.
benu: The colours in this piece are beautiful, i find that splotch of green at the bottom a little distracting though.
dwinbotp: The back legs bother me a little as the anatomy doesnt seem quite right but the front half of the dragon is great, the angel on its head is a nice touch.
Pierrpod: Nice image, is very blue though. Putting some more colour into the image even if its just in the shadows really makes it pop a little more. Also the green from the breath would reflect on the dragon itself.
SPipies: Good pose, is very graceful. Again some other colours in the shadows would bring it out again and the wings look more unfinished than the skeleton which is great.
Tomorrow-Man: Great result in the end, Just need a bit more work on the wing anatomy. The wing 'arms' seem a little too thick to be attached to the body and there isn't the muscle mass on its torso to quite support the flight muscles.
Meganite: Love the pose and the idea but it seems a little rushed in the end, you spent all that time on the scale detail then seemed to just paint over it with a big airbrush to put the highlights on.
Jakers: Great image, some of the dragon seems a little unfinished but is still nice.
skullbeast: There is a lot going on in this image and in a sense its distracting because of it. You dont seem to have a focal point for it rather several and while you have a lot of detail in some parts it seems to get lost. Also some anatomy issues around the neck but overall nice effort.
Freha: I like this one,though it doesn't pop quite as much and kind of blends into the background a little which is a shame.
Chuck, Mate: Great image, wings seem to be a little of a last minute edition lacking in detail compared to the rest of the picture.
Wacky Wackowski: I love the pose and lighting of this one though the forlegs look a little disloacated to me. I love his tail though.
parascythe: The head is lovely and detailed bit the rest of the body doesn't seem to follow it, the anatomy too is a little off in some places.
Scorge: Love the colours on this one, its a little confusing on the eye though, lacking a focus point a little in order to draw the eye. Good effort though.
KevinR: Nicely stylised, though the wings dont quite seem to fit.
ThinMint: Love the iridesentness of the scales and the over all design of the dragon. There is a lot going on in the background though and as its all a similar colour palette it causes the dragon to get a little lost in it.
Bohnded: Good effort, some anatomy issues though and stained glass photoshop filter isnt the best thing to use.
Labrynthine: Awesome image, I love the webbed feet and pattern on the wings. If i had two votes you would get my other one
Raydiant: Nice start, would like to see it more finished though its abit sorta vauge if that makes sense.
Edward B: Love this idea and the design of the dragon. Little more work ont he foreground mayhaps?
rWDrk: Nice dragon, not sure what is beatific about it really, love the green on it though.
Following the example...
xgabo: Nice pic, though too evil looking for me.
Mr--Jack: I like it, especially the face.
benu: Well executed, but nothing about it grabs me.
kovah: Interesting, but the halos look like an afterthought.
dwinbotp: Same crit as for xgabo "Nice pic, though too evil looking for me."
Pierropod: The thing that got you my vote was the execution of the breath weapon. I really enjoyed that effect.
SPipes: Another nice piece that does't follow the brief for me. Even the desciption seems to support that these are shady creatures.
Tomorrow-man: Beautiful piece, but I can't see the head as anything but a T-Rex.
meganite: I love the way this glows. If you were allowed to post your WIP, you would have had my vote.
Jakers: Nice composistion, but I don't see much detail. (Could be this monitor.)
skullbeast: You too get my "too evil" critique. I still like the picture, though it reminds me of an Iguana.
Freha: I like this one a lot. It was in my top 3. I especially like the anatomy.
Chuck,mate: I like this one. I'm not sure what planet it is on with the two moons.
Wacky Wackowski: Aarrg! Another one that seems more evil than good. I like the execution of the wings.
parascytheJack: This made me think of a Godzilla movie. Maybe it is because of the turtle head. The head is so much more fully rendered than the rest, otherwise it would have ranked very high for me.
scorge: I like this, especially whatever is going on at the back of the tail.
KevinR: I like the little guy with the mace.
ThinMint: Great breath weapon, great design.
Labrythine: Nice all around. I think the breath weapon part is the best.
Raydiant: Another beautiful piece.
Edward B: The dragon looks great, but the picture leaves me wanting more.
rWDk: Despite beautiful pose, it seems a bit plain.
Last edited by Bohnded; March 18th, 2009 at 08:08 PM. Reason: spelling error
Most of the entries are just fantastic. Labrynthine - simply stunning. you got my vote.