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Day of the Dragonqueen by krysdecker Day of the Dragonqueen by krysdecker

You had them ssslay my children!



46h ... A LOT of layers (i believe its more than 50) .. around 10 brushes ....

i didnt use pictures, nor textures, only brushes + a LOT of patience ...

ps. fire is HARD to do, christ ...
ps2. this is my 1st open scenario .. yay =D
ps3. i didnt finish this earlier .... because i didnt have the skillz to do it =p ..

###### edit

wip1 - [link]
wip2 - [link]

just some videos i recorded while doing part of it =)

as usual, ty for comments and dropping by =)


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This is a beautifully rendered Warcraft piece, and exactly how I would have imagined Alexstrasza chasing down a nasty bit of orc. The expression on Rhonin's face is perfect. The angle on the wings seems a little off, but the mountains, sky and fire certainly enhance it more than that small detail. The perspective and energy of the work is beautiful. It's clear the amount of time and effort you've put into capturing the emotion of this scene. I can see her charging down, full of a mother's rage, intent on destroying the little worm who dared assault her children. You have a wonderful grasp on character interaction and reaction. Excellent work as always.
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bbenjoe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Hell has no fury, like a freakin Dragon Queen scorned!
  Have your revenge Alexstrasza!
claperclaw Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eat them !!!
( this is fucking awesome !!!!!)
Warcraftfan333 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fucking awesome!!
SolarLugia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That orc is about to get his ass handed to him. I really love how you emphasizde the dragon's size!
Chaosbayne Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
That is one pissed off mama dragon o.o :iconscaredplz:
strykr-ntt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
This is fantastic, I always somehow end up coming back to this to spruce up my mood. Then I found myself wondering, how large your canvas is when you generally start a piece. I'm usually daunted by large open space but the detail work looks so fun and engrossing.
krysdecker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its often around 6k wide by the proportion to make a widescreen.

thing is that i work in 2 windows. I leave a 25% zoom window that is the "final resolution" and then i work on another one that's usually at 50-300% depending on what im detailing.

That's why most of my works have a high detail lvl =p. If you check my gallery you'll find some examples of how i setup my screen.
strykr-ntt Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
oh neat! I've been plowing through your stuff and I'm loving every bit! The detail work is fully entrancing to look at.
castanova Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Professional Artist
NICE! PERFECT LORE TOO!! I am VERY pleased with this work. In alot of ways this feels more like what fan art SHOULD BE!
bronze-kitsune Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit... That is awesome!

I quite litterally sat here for a few minutes trying to figure out what to say.

It's just ...omg.

Nice Job
AuthorT Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Boy, is Rhonin glad she showed up. XD
Elizarars Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Hello, PepperWolf!)
I was so impressed by your works, that showed them to my mom (and videos videos of your work) and it certainly admire her the possibilities of modern computer programs, but she doubts the need for such detail to portray the many minor details (e.g. under the wing, in the shade, ... .) as it makes drawing too fractional and unpleasant for visual perception. Detailed analysis of shape in the foreground - a justifiable need for the picture, but the detailing minor details the picture - this is a mistake (it is her opinion, not mine). Such details would be justified if the images were quite large, but if you plan illustration in a magazine or book, it too much (my mom 16 years worked in a glossy magazine as art director). (She's got classical art education)
Thanks a lot for reference to Hogarth, it is too early for me, but I see, that is very good book!!!
Elizarars Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Oh my God!!! I don't know how that stupid smile could appear here. That's means nothing and it is my fault, sorry.
ChikKV Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Замечательная работа! Браво!!!!
krysdecker Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
er ... ? o.o
ChikKV Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Sorry. It is remarkable work. I very much like your drawing
Blair-Piasdottir Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
Maybe the wings point a little to much to downward

But it's an amasing job :)
krysdecker Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeh some people commented that ... i could have done them a little closer to the body .. but i was thinking on making them more like "another arms" than just wings. But yeh, its one of the things i could have done better in this one .. and some other details =p
LeoArcticaa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha those 2 don't stand a chance against the Life Binder XD
Skyflower79 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Beautiful piece of work, I love the fire, it's just amazing. Alexstrasza's face and eyes do seem a bit lax about this, considering what's going on, Rhonin's face is pretty good and Nekros' face is just, brutal, in a good way. The mountains and grass is amazingly detailed, the snow on the mountains really adds to the picture in some odd way. The sky is very calm and serene, this is just a lovely picture.
Uradin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
Tigerdancer Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Student General Artist
The guy with red hair is Ronin?
Amazing pic!
krysdecker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes its him =)
YamiCrystalline Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Absolutely breathtaking! Well done. Amazing perspective and emotion from the poses and faces.
krysdecker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you =)
Mizu-Senjo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
*makes a note to watch the videos at a later date*
friendofpie Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Love the art but it renews my rage at the Dragonmaw rejoining the Horde in Cata What the hell was Garrosh thinking if that one.
lilbunnehfufu Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Expert work, wow!
Idrialssteel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
Very well done Alexstrasza is by far my favorite character in warcraft lore

Placing bets dragon queen vs deathwing in cata
Vennarok Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010   Interface Designer
My jaw + the floor = your artwork <3
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why you should never make a Dragon angry.
Bet that Orc tasted terrible.
The-Serene-Mage Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
From the war of the ancients Trilogy. Right?
krysdecker Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually its from Day of the Dragon
The-Serene-Mage Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
AmbreRosa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...Love it!
Shaliara Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work, I love the scene! :)
Stray-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
The very first fan-art of Alexstrasza on Deviantart which I had loved!

I really hate all that half-naked or even full-naked (;/) blood elves out there... heheh, I can't imagine Queen of all Dragons being so devoid of her glory and ave, and strip to the rank of some sexual abuse target of adolescents ;/
Blizzard has really disappointed me in her in-game design. For the very first time I was happy that I ended my adventures with Warcraft game on W3, moved on to reading books, mangas and never played WoW actually...

And as you requested critique... heh, I may not be the best in such things (I love something, like something, or hate something. Nothing in-between), but I'll try my best.
There are a lot of positives here: you've created brilliant, dynamic scene (by yawing camera) and created really masterpiece in term of used technique. As you've propably heard hundreds times from previous comments ;)
My only two complaints are about Queen's face and her wings, mostly right one (counting from camera, left one). You see, if I do not know that she is female, I would be absolutely certain that you had made portrait of dragon, not dragoness. There is nothing femme in her design, not even a bit of suggestion. I know that to make her more womanly you'd have to resign from some of her glory, but I think it would be worth the effort.
As for wings, I am almost sure that she had to break her bones to twist them like this. No known to me bird could pitch them as in your image. This is, in my humble opinion, the greatest drawback of your image. Yet still it is very unimportant compared to the overall result.

Keep up with so great work and, I beg you, make a Korialstrasz in his first-after-centuries flight as he takes off to rescue his most beloved one.
krysdecker Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the wings was something i noticed during the progress of the drawing, but didnt fixed it...

one major problem was that my workflow was still very raw on that drawing, most of the areas are chunks of rendering, so there's a lot of flaws (most of them related to lightning) ...

but the wings, in my defense, theres ONE dragon with wings that bend in that way.

i used those as reference @ building the skeleton of the dragon .. Obviously, theres the difference that this one is dead, but the idea remains the same, to use the wings as "arms" (like protodrakes on wow) ... they are not conventional, but, possible =o.

but yes, lot of room to improve, thanks for the comment =)
Stray-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
There is small but important difference between your wing and that of the ice wyrm:
This is your wing: [link]
And this is of that wyrm: [link]
(sorry for the quality of renders, there are absolutely quick ones)
You have very short first finger on the wing (I have absolutely no idea how to call that in english ^^"). It is turned up which is equal to human's:
Well, maybe her bone would survive anyways, but yet still it would be very uncomfortable or even painful to hold them that way. Especially keeping wings in air (that wyrm used it to keep balance and put them on the ground).

There is also one thing I noticed now - look at her breast. She had that comb (again I'm not sure about word) only on her right side (ours left). Is it intended?

Anyways it is really a masterpiece and I hope to see more from you :) *Added to watch*
Vek-nilash Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Nekros had it coming.

A brilliant piece of work. And a great way to depict the scene.
Hell-chama Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Oh. My. God. :wow: This is just TOO FANTASTIC!!!!! :clap: :clap: So perfect so perfect.... I love this scene and you made it just too awesomely.... I revere you for all eternity :XD:
SilverDragon234 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Nekros: I... I... NO! DON'T DO IT!

[bones crunching]

virus-leach Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
hey we want there anything new coming out soon out of your workshop!!?
krysdecker Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
theres 2 book covers i cant post atm, the 1st one im waiting on the book to get printed, copyright'd and blablabla to post it .. the 2nd im finishing it this week but will also have to wait for the same process =p ...

in between im doing a certain Death knight that is coming out pretty sexy (the small tiny spoiler is in my avatar ) .. but no ETA for that one, a couple more weeks at least =)
virus-leach Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
looking forward to that death knight you re working on!
adrianD Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
you really know how to do textures, fantastic!!!
InsmouthFishPerson Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Student Writer
Oh, what the FUCK?! I beat like ten humans and then this? Hell with it! FOR UMBRA!

Odds are you don't get it but I'm reasonably cetain some people will.
ivanbmrj Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aheuaheua fico rox!
BlockJuice Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
YAY! You finished it! :clap:
Morgalahan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I cannot write a critique due to my lack of premium membership, so I'll put down what I feel about this piece here instead.

This painting is dynamic, in so many sense of the word. The detailing is astronomical. Having watched the time lapse of you painting a portion of this, I can imagine the amount of time and patience that went into detailing Alexstrasza's scales and entire body.

I can almost feel this scene unfolding, even though I have not read this novel. I can smell the smoke, hear the roar of the enraged Queen of Life, I can see the struggle between the two tiny beings before her playing out.

The one criticism I may have is that there should be a greater sense of her weight where she's standing on the ground. I can imagine her claws digging furrows in the earth as she stalks the orc. At the least there should be greater depressions and disturbances in the soil.

All in all however, this is an exceptional piece, and I wish I had the power to make this a daily deviation. I also think you should contact Mr. A. Knaak so that he can see something he had a hand in come to life. If you don't, I just might, I think he'd really enjoy seeing this ;)
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