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Gigera Draconus by realitysquared Gigera Draconus by realitysquared
This project started about one week ago, and being finished almost exactly a week later makes it probably the quickest project finish I've done in a couple of years.

What you see here was originally based upon a human skull Bryce rendering which I've actually reused on a couple of different projects.

I imported the raw, untouched Bryce render just so that I'd have a color and texture foundation to start with- pretty much a shortcut since I was working under a deadline for this one.

I started customizing the texture a bit more, adding in an old wood and fractured rock texture which I've had for a couple of years now and blended it with the existing skull texture and then digitally airbrushed them resulting mix into something unique.

The shape and form of the project developed as I worked, changes which seemed "right" were made and I allowed the overall appearance of the work to shape itself based on what I saw and what seemed to be needed.
This has the ultimate affect of forcing you to discard entire areas of work which was done just the previous day; The snout changed shape at least twice, there were two completely distinct sets of teeth and the area between the eyes and the nostrils changed at least four times.

Overall I am pleased with the results. The final work here is almost entirely airbrushed and very little of the original starting image remains at all.

Detailed closeups here
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littlemissruins Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love all the small details in the pcture ^^ I can see H.R Giger type of style into the picture ;D awesome job ^^
Fatmalovestodraw Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
beautiful work, I like the texture and the neatness of it.
caitlin-day Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so excellent!! really a good way lol
Labyrinthine4 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
amazingly detailed and somewhat terrifyingly great , fantastic work, you have every right to feel pleased
Morbidmic Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
The title realy fits this piece, I could see the Giger influence on its forehead going to its snout.
Nice touch with the texture. :)
BlinkoWarner Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, not to be a bug, but what the devil doe Gigera Draconus mean?
realitysquared Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gigera Draconus

"Gigera" is a pseudo-Latin homage to the artist H.R Giger who's style has been a big influence on my own.
"Draconus" is a corruption of the Latin Draco meaning Dragon

Put together they form a fake Latin scientific name for a species which does not exist.
BlinkoWarner Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah....I see!
chrisperguidi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool. i wish i had the patience to pull somthing like this off.
focallength Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Great work. The textures are fantastic. Wouldn't want to meet one in a dark alley. Or a bright one for that matter.
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