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Once the night falls by Dalanatha Once the night falls by Dalanatha
Deep in the forest lay ruins of the castle. The surrounding forest is old and difficult to travel sparing ruins from human impact. Great statues and sculptures were once the treasures of the castle, now many of them have been corrupted by time. Some of them, however, have survived. They evaded the destruction by becoming alive and achieving the ability to transform to the breathing equivalents of them selves.
Their life came with two condition: statues would be allowed to move only during the night and they had to be back at the castle's ruins by sunrise. If they failed these conditions they would lose their ability to move and then get slowly consumed by time.

Here would be one of the statues flying around after dark. I was inspired to make this little back story by the appearance of the dragon. It just looks so heavy and so serious.

This is coloured version of one of my older work.

I'm amazed how little time went into this, only about 4 hours (+ the actual lineart but I don't remember how much time that took).
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG, SO AWESOME !!!!!!!!

SO CUTE <3

4 hours ain't short..lol
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!

It's short time for me. I spend usually 8-15 hours to one work.
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Haha xD
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Nyphr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow this is beautiful
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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UndeadDragonus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like my dragon OC
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Could you send a link to the picture of this OC in question? I’d like to see myself how similar they are.
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UndeadDragonus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I dont have a picture but its really really close
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I guess there is only so many different types of dragons and colour combinations for them that some are bound to look similar, even if people who created them had never seen each others work.
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Jafira Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Gorgeous work, the dragon looks amazing, I love the feathered wings and the scale work is beautiful!  ^,=,^
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it!
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RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Reminds me of Gargoyles :)
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm not sure what they are. Are they the statues on roofs?
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RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Well, I was talking about a TV show, but gargoyles are statues of creatures that act as water spouts for the flow of rain.
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know that kind of TV show, I'm sorry. At least they are statues, so I got that right.
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Dying-Hopes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Nice!!! I love the colours you've used, they really do remind you of a statue in the night ^^ Cool background story as well!
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Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Dying-Hopes Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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FierceFantasy Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice story idea. I have no clue if you did this on purpose but the grey that you incorporated with this dragon is a nice touch, mostly when he becomes a statue during the day. You should make another artwork with this dragon (or another one) changing back into a statue will dawn is come up. That would be really cool. :D
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Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The gray on dragon is one of the main season I came up with this story. I might do painting you suggest and I can already imagine how it would look like. Now it's just a matter of time as I have tons of other thing to do. However I have already made one sketch of the statues and their castle but I think I'll be doing more before starting the actual work.
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work. The dragon's design and pose are great! The colors are nice an relaxing and this is one amazing art piece.
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Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
The pose and the desing of the dragon aren't actually my favourites as I see some minor things I could improve in them. I think I might be too hard on my own work again.
But it makes me very happy that you like them!
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Enigmatic-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
:heart: Love the cool colors, they make me feel calm.
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Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. I think they are the only type of colours that suit this particular dragon well and that's why I used them.
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VedranR Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work.Your technique is very good.
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:icondalanatha:
Dalanatha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. I'm glad you find my thecnique good as I have done digital art only for a month or so.
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