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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."

Sigh.

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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HOS73 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
good gallery,
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maugryph Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice work.
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GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
majestic and powerful.
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Ice-guy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool dragon. See you at the IMC next summer?
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Fantastic piece...
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OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love him!! Looks like Bahamut!
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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.
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GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thank you for letting us add your Amazing work to our gallery!

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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.
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Your comment to the image enhanced its own brilliance further. Like a Sphinx, but crafted from plates and wires in the place of rock.
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