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Illustration Master Class '11 by SteveArgyle Illustration Master Class '11 by SteveArgyle
It's a rare thing these days that I have time to do personal pieces. While this one was not completely free-reign, and still needed to fall under the assignment guidelines for this years Illustration Master Class, there was still much room to interpret. "Dragon(s) and people" was the gist of it. Pretty wide open.

I thought to myself "I'm going to do something new. Something outside of convention. Something creative, with a timelessness, a mystery. Something that makes people ask questions."

So, I thought up this elaborate mythology, around an ancient, super-high-tech dragon, perhaps left for centuries by a civilization only known through artifacts such as this. Perhaps a living thing, merely in a long slumber. The current peoples revere it as a god, or at least a guardian, frozen in time, that will spring back to life in a time of need.

Pilgrimages are made. It is prayed to, studied, and protected. Religion centers around the enigma of the metallic deity.

And I was sooooooo proud of my ultimate creativity. Until, while Don Dos Santos was talking about his influences, he mentioned that for him it all started with cartoons from the '80s. Then I realized: In my stroke of genius, I'd reinvented "Voltron."


Anyway, now I just need to find a rag-tag group of misfits to protect folks from space monsters.

For the Illustration Master Class 2011. Copyright me.

Rope bridges by "Rickety Pete's Hemp Emporium." Voltron copyright... I dunno. Probably Hasbro. I think they own all childhood memories.
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randomeye713 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Here's an alternative take: 
The dragon was designed to fulfill a supervisor/security role in the ancient society that built him/her.But then the ancients started poking around Things That Were Best Left Alone and now they are all gone. Thus leaving the dragon to it's own devices and allowing it to come up with new roles for itself. So now it supervises scavenging operations in the ancient's city, as seen here, exhorting it's minions to move faster before the Horrors come out.  The dragon also takes a giant cut from the gift shop sales to the touring pilgrims who come to see the marvels of the ancient's city.
HOS73 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good gallery,
maugryph Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
nice work.
GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
majestic and powerful.
Ice-guy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool dragon. See you at the IMC next summer?
tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Fantastic piece...
OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love him!! Looks like Bahamut!
NecroTechno Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Hmmm, if the light from underneath had been green instead of red, I'd have thought this was a scene from inside Minas Morgul.

Very nicely done.
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery!

nsideddice Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
I think any "ultimate creativity" is built from the scraps of old inspirations. The fantastic must be built upon elements of the familiar. Still, I bet this was one of the most unique entries. This photo really tells a story. For me at least, looking at it makes me want to know more of the story.
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your comment to the image enhanced its own brilliance further. Like a Sphinx, but crafted from plates and wires in the place of rock.
Skyfyr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I Love your story behind this picture from your head:)
TaniaAV Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
The best of November 2011 in Sci-Fi category in :iconparadiseofartists:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I am honored.
ibdriven Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
So regal, so noble.
Blackheart1364 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know nothing about Voltron other than what I just looked up on Wikipedia, but I'll bet you I can come up with a storyline a trillion times better for this kickass piece. Nicely done!
Langue-Skulptur Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Woah, I suddenly got a vision of Scar from the Lion King atop his rock singing "Be prepared!".

This is fantastic! :)
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great composition and design, Steve. Man, your stuff is frickin' awesome.
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
DarkElektra Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
woww :iconwowplz: it's an amazing artwork! ^^
JimTalon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Nice sorry the secound i saw this i had Scar's song be prepared come into my head
MechaDragon86 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This was a bitch to sit for. Had to hold the pose for an eternity. (wish I could remember my old password so I didn't have the lame '86' at the end).
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Incredible colours and design! That really is incredible! :D
DaxLegacy Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Azetlor Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I still have Voltron on Laserdisc from when i was a kid. Holds a special place in my heart despite my lack of owning laserdisc player
93LowRider Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Wicked piece! Thanks for sharing it!
werespyro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
amazing piece! I love the perspective and the textures are gorgeous haha just overall really nice :)
Treyos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, well, Voltron never looked this awesome. I like that the dragon has a much less gritty feel to it than the rest of the piece. Like he's untouched by the dirt and grime of the people.
youthjab Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Great pic! Between owning WOTC and most cartoons, I think Hasbro is syndicating my life as well!
keats24 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
very very cool, love the whole concept, love how the dragon is "high tech" as you say. Great job, and I don't really see it as a re-invention of Voltron haha. Great work, keep it up!
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work.
Thanks for sharing...
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DragonmarGreyking Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
He looks like Bahamut..... I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Riveiro Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really good drawn ^^
GeomancerEDG Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Voltron lions have nothing on a dragon.
Anyways, love this piece. The various color contrasts create a clear divide in the sections while two of those contrasts create a smooth foreground/background separation that accentuates the focal piece.* The organic shapes and the flow of the wings also creates a visual contrast with the otherwise vertical nature of the composition.**

*which is just my attempt at a fancy way of saying the red works for the foreground, the blue works for the background, and the gold on the dragon creates a clear sense of depth between the two while standing out on its own.
**which is just FURTHER my attempt to say the fact the dragon spreads out catches the eye.
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! You make it sound like I knew what I was doing...
Tyranous-King Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   Photographer
Dear Friend
Your Fantastic Artwork is featured in
you are welcome!!! ...:heart:
jon-hill987 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Wizards of the Coast should have had you do the art for Steel Hellkite.
PickleStork Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
your use of color in relation to the gold baffles and amazes me.
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Essentially, it's a primary color scheme. Which was seen in many successful classical works, particularly when they were going for mythologic or religious themes. So I figured it might work out to give this that same sort of feel.
Shadowleaper Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's mad awesome. Mind you I don't recall Voltron ever being worshiped or being a dragon I think you're 'safe' :D Great concept!
Nord-Sol Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow, awesome ) i really love when you use not so much textures so i can catch image in first seconds )
Smilly7 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
Nice Illustration
ImmarArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Now that you're an art director I noticed that your busy schedule has robbed the amount of time spent on your recent paintings, up until this one. This is awesome! this is the reason why I added you to my deviant watch! kinda reminds me of Bahamut from final fantasy X. The people walking on the bridges add so much story opposed to the usual pretty dragon posing painting that most artist do these days. (myself included 0_o)
btw, I hate you and your goddamn batman talent!!
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the art director gig did take some adjustment. The last few things I've posted have been concept art, rather than illustration, so they had to be faster. I'd debated posting that stuff at all, but it seemed appropriate for Halloween time.
ImmarArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's still awesome of you to post new art up regardless of the amount of time spent on each one. It keeps us stevelings salivating for more. =)
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siewerts Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
fantastic!! Love it!!
Sarinjin Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
It's totally sucks when you create something and the only way to put it into a view that others understand is by comparing it to other things pre-existing. D: Also, Frumples, the Kitten Eater is a trophy worthy name. Just those poor poor kittens..

Side note my brother named one of his cats Torgo, the Baby Maimer. These names I tell you. Gold.
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. That's a great name.
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