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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 ^^
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Fatmalovestodraw Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
beautiful work, I like the texture and the neatness of it.
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caitlin-day Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so excellent!! really terrifying...in a good way lol
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Labyrinthine4 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
amazingly detailed and somewhat terrifyingly great , fantastic work, you have every right to feel pleased
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Morbidmic Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Excellent!
The title realy fits this piece, I could see the Giger influence on its forehead going to its snout.
Nice touch with the texture. :)
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BlinkoWarner Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, not to be a bug, but what the devil doe Gigera Draconus mean?
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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.
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BlinkoWarner Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah....I see!
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chrisperguidi Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool. i wish i had the patience to pull somthing like this off.
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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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MDFive Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks pretty good, and you spent quite a lot of time on it! If that is not a good example of excellent craftsmanship, I don't know what is!
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MisaMalone Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is AMAZING! :) The texture of the skull is just .. WOW!!!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. It's a lot of work with a very, very small brush =p
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MisaMalone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
VERY small? :O

Wow!!!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes- the vast majority of that was done with a brush a single pixel in size at about 300% magnification.
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MisaMalone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
O_O crazy!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe a little bit, but it's the only way to get these sorts of results and textures.
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MisaMalone Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
You .. are .. AWESOME! :D
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AmedaN Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Curious as to what got you into the skulls theme...I noticed you've done alot of versions of skulls...Is it just a prefferance thing or an interest thing? It would be interesting to see your version of say something generaly lighter like a fairy...or would you still have a darker side present even in a fairy? Just curious,would be interesting to see you do a fairy or something bright or "happy". hehe
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oddly enough the skulls started creeping into my work as accents quite awhile back and they've slowly been taking center stage as my style has shifted closer to that of H.R.Giger and his biomechanical themes.

I'm actually very pleased with the very organic sort of look to most of my recent works and I naturally gravitate towards them, but perhaps I can give the world of the faery. I think you'll find my personal visions of them are a little closer to that of Brian Froud than that of Walt Disney.
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AmedaN Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
sweetness...so you are gonna toss up a fairy for me?I'm thoroughly impressed by that! I'm really interested in what your take on it will be. I know what I would invision your version would be but Im not sure how far off I am in my assumption.

I tend to think your version would be an evil sprite or fairy with tiny clawed hands wearing a dress made of wilted lillies and spider webs wrenched together with a thistle belt adorned with the tiny shrunkin heads of butterflies and lady bugs....hehe
maybe wearing the skull of a horned beatle for a hat ....But thats just my warped view. lol I should give that fairy design a whirl, I haven't done a dark fairy in years. Sometimes I feel like I've gotten in a rut of just doing the cutesy side of fantasy art...I started out doing the darker side of Fantasy art which is its own reahlm of strange...hehe

My favorite characters to draw used to be the grim reaper and the skeleton off my Iron Maiden T-shirts , you may be too young to remember him though. I should add more diversity to my gallery, I actually miss doing some of the darker themed art I used to do.
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2dazed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wha? Only a handful of favs? Now that's insane.

It takes a pretty good Artist to be "satisfied" with one's own work. Although ya'll will never admit ya'll are good. Lol! And that's part of what's sexy about it. I suppose a "great" Artist is never happy with it.

I think this is really good. It has so much potential to grow into so many different things. It's handsome on a level all to it's own.
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jonlarkins Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
awesome.
:+favlove:
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cyclos12 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Beautiful and sureal!
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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cyclos12 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
welcome!
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Explodingzombies Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
I'm lovin' these skulls:heart:
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shell4art Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
This is amazing. I sit here enthralled. Bravo.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
:wave: Hi there! Your wonderful image has been featured in my weekly Article Digital - Friday Favorites - 5th Edition [link]
While you're there, don't forget to pick up your FEATURE Stamp!:heart:
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mcafee2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
simply put - COOL
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pinguino Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this is absolutely amazing! i love it and i know everyone involved with the dragon project will too! it looks so real, like id see it in a museum or something
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Seeing that closeup you provided lends a lot of respectability to your work. Very detailed.
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realitysquared Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a shame I can't simply provide a large resolution of the work itself, but internet thievery is on the rise.
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MattSpire Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I hear you, it's a legitimate concern. Thankfully (?) I'm too low-key for that to happen to me yet. Still, I think you've left quite an impression with what you've showed us.
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dangel88 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
far out! This rocks.
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ellastasia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
twisted...it's awesome, really nice work here, especially on a deadline!
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Terrific work! The details are just amazing to view and I really dig the overall final imagery :nod:
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Raventhird Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Holy crap... that's a fantastic piece of art. I have absolutely no idea why this didn't get buried in favs... weird.
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beenachu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
This is really well done and textured.
It looks so realistic, amazing.
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itt0ryu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
I like the textures.
That little details make the difference between a good piece and a simple doodle.
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