'The Dragon Catcher' by Heathcroft ()
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This has been my most difficult project to date. Inspired originally by e-Brink's excellent 'Dragon Slayers', I went into 'dragon mode'.
Not wanting to use arrows and spears (or lasers) I wanted to devise away of bringing the dragons down, and I chose rope and wire. I split the project up into several manageable chunks.
The whole thing came together in a large Photoshop CS file of 45 layers at 2,600 x 2000 pixels. (85mb). I have reduced the dimensions here, but it is still quite large for screen at 1680 pixels wide so please zoom in to see details!
Anyway, permit me to let Count Tyrannus set the scene....
"Yes My Children, 'What is occurring?' I hear you cry?
For although I am at constant war with the Baron of The East (who resides in the Dark Tower across the Royale Baye of Grouveille) sometimes it is in both our interests to join forces against a common enemy - the feared Northern Blue Dragons of Garnsea.
For these dragons invade us like swarms of flying ants in the early Spring when the tides are at their highest and neither of our armies can muster on the great Long beach that divides The Castle from The Dark Tower. So there is, by mutual agreement, a lull in hostilities.
We have developed a unique method of defence against these powerful dragons, as arrows and spears just bounce off the dragons' armour.
Here, Viann'ah, my comliest and most athletic Dragon Catcher, swings out from the Castle belfry, secured by a long rope, and throws a noose around the dragon's neck.
The loose end is secured to a long wire that is hauled via a pulley fixed to the top of The Baron's mighty catapult and thereby by more ropes to many strong soldiers who haul away until the exhausted dragon comes tumbling down to drown in the sea beneath.
I am very pleased at how many artists here have agreed to contribute to the other sections in the main project which had 86,000 page views last month.
Again and again Viann'ah and her Sisters in arms repeat this stunning feat, and are swung back to safety by the many eager hands of the Castle Guard.
How we cheered when the great beasts writhed and fell from the sky! How the soldiers and slaves gathered along the Castle ramparts to admire Vianna'h's athletics and (no doubt) her comely form!
This, then, My Children, is a picture of this exciting interlude in our ever changing life here at The Castle, visualised by my artist slaves as they lie awake at night screaming and writhing in their narrow cots. "
(Excerpt from the Chronicles of Count Tryannus, Lord of Castle Tyrannus, as related to his faithful servant Seaglemus on his deathbed.)
This is the 45th episode in The Castle Chronicles, the whole of which is at 'The Castle'
All comments welcome - I really appreciate your support!
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Image Comments (160)
RodolfoCiminelli () 6:16AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Impressive and fantastic work, very dynamic poses and great interaction too...!!! Fantastic render, have a great detail.....!!!!
Kagz () 6:18AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Totally fabulous!!! Excellent work as always lol. I'm definitely getting that babe, as shes so gorgeous and sexy :D Fantastic composition and light. A classic fantasy scene, of the highest quality :) 5.
frymarkdesign () 6:27AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Oh wow, this is fantastic, love the composition of the scene, and the tones are spot on. Beautiful work, a feast for the eyes! Thanks as well for looking at the rest of my portfolio
moonbunnie () 7:00AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Awesome work, love the colors and light and whole scene is very nicely composed!
rawdodb () 7:19AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Fantastic!!!!! Glad no Dragons were hurt in the making of this work of art!!!! Excellent creation!!!!!!!!!!
magnus073 () 7:41AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Dave this truly is magnificent and it is instantly easy to tell the amount of work and yourself you've poured into it. Great job on all the beautiful details and really creative work on how to bring down the dragons.
barryjeffer () 7:44AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Amazing work on all the details in this, one can see the time and effort devoted to this project. Exceptional image!! Great work!
alltheoriginalnames () 7:49AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Very cool fantasy scene, excellent backstory to set it up as well. Very cool piece
Mad-Mike () 8:05AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Very wonderful Dragon scene!!! this really rocks! :-))) 5+++++
Tanglimara () 8:13AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
One of your best I think Dave, this is an awesome scene with great attention to positioning and detail. This goes straight into my faves without a moments hesitation. Awesome in full-view. Tony :-)
flaviok () 9:03AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
Cena fantástica, realização perfeita, detalhes incriveis, texto magnifico, aplausos (5)
mikeerson () 9:33AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
I think I need to see a comic scene by scene to understand how close she gets when she throws the noose over the head... and then, how does she escape away from the dragon? Very cool Idea, but I think she would have to have super powers like supergirl... batgirl or catwoman - they'd be no match for the dragon. Great story... 45 over lays??? Well at least the image came out hot and not distorted - lol YOU HAVE BEEN FAVORITIZED!!!
photostar () 9:39AM | Fri, 18 July 2008
First off, Dave, your choice of color selections for this is fantastic. After that, the detail which you have included with all of those layers has created a scene and render that perhaps is one of your most recent best. Kudos to you on this imaginative, fantasy image.