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Brenell by liiga Brenell by liiga
A commissioned image for the RPG Forum "Skeyra - Eine andere Welt".

Brenell is a dragon god of order, driendship and dedication that comes from the green moon in the background and has the curious ability to manipulate the flow of time, as represented by the hourglass ornament on his staff.

Needless to say, this was a lot of fun to work on.

Corel Painter 9, Wacom Intuos 3, spread out over about a week.

Note: This got a page to itself in d'Artiste: Character Design by Ballistic Publishing. :)
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PCamenzind Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Writer
Wow, awesome!
Mineriva Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a nice and beautiful picture. I like the colors and the light.
Such a shiny light on a dark background.
Angel0507 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Love the wings. Very nice work.
B81996 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Beautiful dragon!!!
Alister-Murkerry Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This creature is fine, but it is not a dragon. The dragon can not have feathers instead of the membrane, this fact makes it a hybrid-griffin. In addition, there is the human body. There are other arguments.
Cardz5000 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty clearly stated that it is a God, and in most worlds godhood transcends any specific ties to a species. Calling it a dragon god could just be alluding the the god's preferred from, or the species with which it best relates to or represents. You also can't definitively make statements like this about peoples creative works without knowing the history or cosmology of the world for which they are creating.

This argument aside, the work is beautiful, The hourglass looks amazing, as well as the robes.
Araless Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just a question in general, why do you think dragon's with feathered wings are not dragons?
And calling it gryphon is a terrible mistake, because gryphon's are definitely something else.
Alister-Murkerry Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Sorry, Google translator features do not give me the right to say what I mean. Briefly: the wings of a bird has never been an attribute of a dragon. He wears only a membranous wing (membrane or fin). In the entire history of the feathered wing was a mistake, for instance, several times in the late Russian Orthodox icons.

Gryphon and dragon have many similarities in structure, if we look at history, but they never mixed precisely because wings. Today, young artists often try to make the unusual pattern and make mistakes. Their dragon experience changes and becomes a lion with wings, a dog with wings, gryphon with the Dragon's Tail and other chimeras.

Here we see a chimera, which has the head and tail of the dragon, the human body (it can be seen very clearly) and wings of a bird. These features are not enough to call this chimera with the word "dragon".

I have to write a separate article and translate it into English, to give a link to the answer to this question. * sigh *
Araless Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think chimera is a better word than gryphon for a creature like this. Because gryphons are basically birds with body parts of a lion/cat and sometimes other mammalians. Looking at this creature, I don't see any parts of a gryphon besides the bird wings and these are not enough to call it a gryphon. The dragon parts here are still stronger. With a human body like this, it is called a dragon anthro. Anthro's are creatures who are given a human body shape.

I don't think that the shape of wings decide what the creature is called since there are also dragons without wings. They are not less dragon because of this. It is more the overall design that matters. I know that the dragon with feathered wings is not a mythological dragon but a creation of the modern culture. Season's changes, especially for the human phantasy. A nice example for this is the basilisk.

A basilisk used to be a creature with the upper body part of a rooster, a crown on the head and the lower body part of a snake. Many years later, in the middle age, people startet to "change" the creature. Sometimes they gave it wings, a human head or bird legs (sometimes two to six).
The changes in the design were so drastically that they decided to give the two different forms a name. Basilisk = without wings, Cockatrice = with wings

Today, people are giving the same creature both names, I guess it's because they don't know the origines of the creature.
The same thing could be applied to the dragon as well. I think there should be an alternate name for dragons with feather wings or with fur. (because furred dragons aren't mythological dragons as well)

But in the end both things are right, no matter when they started to appear. The dragon is a cultural phenomenon and culture changes constantly. I agree with you on one thing, the original dragon seems to disappear slowly... which is a sad thing.

I'd like to read your article one day but there is no need to rush. Take your time and translate it whenever you like to. I can wait.
Alister-Murkerry Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I had no desire to speak the word only "Gryphon." Apparently, Google translator deceived you. I talked about the "hybrid" (you can see a lot of "dragon-Gryphon hybrids").

The word "chimera" is correct. I also watch the latest trends in the culture of the dragon. I fear the trend changes dragon because it destroys the image of the dragon. To draw the original dragon, have done a great job. Young artists do not know about it or are lazy.

If this continues, the dragon will dissolve like salt in water, and then disappear completely.

Instead of modern dragon - no dragon.
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