Great thread idea! Here are a few images I enjoy:
You know what this thread doesn't have enough of? Dragons.
Wings are a little small on this one, but I like it anyway:
Kerem Beyit, who drew a number of the images that have been seen in the other thread, has drawn a couple dragon images, and a guy on deviantArt called nJoo has drawn a bunch of them.
There's another floating around called Freezenaw The White Dragon by Kevin Ky Yan, and another by LadyTigerEyes which I have listed as "res1dragon" although that's most likely not the real name...
I don't have time to post any of them at the moment, but most of them should show up on a Google image search of the artist's name. Searching for "dragon" on deviantArt gets tons of results, but there's a lot of crap to search through in order to find the good stuff.
I agree that if you look at dragons from a realistic point of view it is hard to take them seriously.. let me suggests two things.
1. there was a TV documentary that was done like a Discovery Channel Animal special. it was on dragons and was done with the science explained and was overall well produced. I do not know who made it but I am sure you could google it.
2. I ran a campaign where the players asked for it to be more realistic. that is to say bring the game a more technical practical side.
This left me in a bit of a bind for dealing with some very far fetched monsters like demons, gods and dragons.
I ran with String Theory and the postulation that there are many dimensions and alternate universes. The creatures known as dragons, demons and gods. were in fact beings of great power from another universe. we also went with the notion that they could not physically enter this universe..the D&D universe that is. so they projected a semi real facade. this facade did not need to be bound by physical laws in the least as it was literally just a projection a bioform puppet whos power and abilities were channeled from powerful beings from another universe..
I know on the face of it, it does not make things less fantasy but it allows us to provide some balance to the idea that a dragon with massive bulk and super sized forearm biceps can fly on paper thin wings.
I am almost a little sad at my confusion. When I read the title of the thread I had expected discussion concerning dragons that had specific collections, as in something other than gold. This particular thread, I thought, being about a dragon that had a horde which was a priceless art collection. Well pooh, here is a picture of a dragon anyhow.
Thanks for the contributions!
To those who are confused, or the like:
Like I said, my concern isn't realism, it's visual qualities. I'm tired of looking at dragons that look silly. I don't really care that dragons are silly once you start to think about them scientifically. That's not the point of dragons.
However, a world in which they exist assumes that they fly using those wings. If the dragons in that world also have stubby little wings that aren't even as big as their body, or have gaping holes in them, internal consistency breaks down.
In my opinion, realism is almost completely irrelevant. Verisimilitude, however, is quite relevant. As is visual quality.
I don't like dragons with holes in their wings either, just as much as I don't like people with scars and missing limbs.
SeaGoat, I think the beef with holes in the wings is that if the gaps are too big it interferes with flight.
But you know what I think more than that? I think we need more dragons!
I really, REALLY like the body language on this one:
Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a Superman? No, it's...
Woah, there's some awesomeness in there, EasyT.
I remember I liked this first dragon when I saw it back in the day. More recently (relatively speaking) the second one came along. I'd say its wings are particularly verisimilitudinous, no? (Okay, verisimilar. )
Thank you both! I was happy to see DBW start this thread because it sounded like his taste in dragons is very similar to mine. And I don't think of dragons as those beasts that heros commonly slay. I think of dragons as the monsters which go bump in the night. Not merely immensely powerful, but deeply intelligent. If I'm running a game, the very idea of fighting a dragon should put a knot in a player's stomach.
marius4, nice finds! I especially like the second one, fine detail, great wingspan. I'd give you cookies, but this thread being what it is...
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This image is quite possibly my favorite:
was gonna finally post some of my own, but the image uploader isn't working for me. I'll try again later.
Moar dragons because MOAR!
The mass majority of MTG dragon artwork is top-notch.
@Ra-Tiel: Indeed, Lockwood's artwork is already classic. It's nice to see a gallery of his work, thank you!
@Kylak: Great finds. Simply stunning. Dragon-shaped cookies are on their way to you now (you may wish to duck):
Cookies have wings?!? Show
Anyone else here suffering from an acute lack of dragons?
Clearly, this can only be cured with dragons and flagons!
Your dragon-foo is much stronger than mine. I am impressed.
Thank you, Doctor. Most of the time I'm just doing a simple Google Image Search with different variations. "Green dragon" gives different results than "black dragon", and "giant dragon" gives different results than "huge dragon". I mostly try every variation of "dragon" plus any other word I think of that sounds appropriate and see what turns up.
A search on "elder dragon" led to me stumble across some Deviant Art collections. Collections WHICH WILL EAT YOU.
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I'd like to throw Ruth Thompson's Tarnished Images site into the ring. My old roommate turned me on to her work in the mid 90s, and she does regular appearances at Renaissance festivals throughout the country. She also does others types of art. Her Angels series was compiled into a book, and made into statues by the Franklin Mint.
@Ramius613: Very nice. I like her style of art, it has a strong appeal. Thank you for sharing that.
@saring: Superb! You get cookies. But in Soviet D&D, cookie eats YOU:
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@JensaariWarrior: Nice! I especially like the first one showing relative scale.
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@JensaariWarrior: I really like the image of the group preparing for combat against a dragon inside of some ruins. Great find.
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Today's question for double or nothing tasty treats is this:
A mighty beast of the air, it's in his lungs.
It has no mouth, yet it has tongues.
It does not live, yet it breathes.
And when its food is gone, it leaves.
It will die if you give it a drink.
Yet it cause mighty ships to sink.
I speak of course of fire.
Riddle me this, dragon lovers:
When a dragon flies
He seeks me with his eyes
When a dragon roars
He holds me in his claws
When he slumbers deep
He dreams of me in his sleep
But there beneath his head
I form his precious bed
What am I?
A dragon's booty-call. No, wait, on second thought the answer is probably a dragon's hoard. Yes, surely that.
What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?
Now you're just quoting from the hobbit.
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What, is quoting from The Hobbit a bad thing now? Those are some of my favorite riddles ever! Or perhaps those are too well known to be interesting? Answer me this then:
My appearance is foreseeable, yet I'm bereft of sight.
While I'm never disagreeable, where you go left, I go right.
While I may stare quite a bit at you, words shall never cross my lips.
And while I care not a whit for you, without you I would not exist.
Who am I?
Nice dragon anatomy pics BTW!
I can think of only one way to cure this terrible dragon drought! And it's not water.
It's with a rain of dragons.
I think I like your answer better than my own.
You get dragon-shaped cookies:
Jar label: "Need a dragon, take a dragon, have a dragon, leave a dragon."
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Alright, breaking the rules here and posting a silly dragon. Can't resist!
this aint a dragon, its a lagiacrus, and to make up for the distinct lack of dragons in this thread we need something
also, I found you on google images
Here I just thought that was just some kind of water dragon. But you're right, it's absolutely a lagiacrus. You got me. And there's no turning back the wheels of time to undo that post, as much as I might hope that walking around with a dragon-shaped backpack might make up for it.
And I agree, the lack of dragons in this thread is utterly shameful.
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Pet dog (underfed, ASPCA notified):
Airplane cleared for landing:
Horse and underfed rider (ASPCA notified): (Swapped original image for a different one that loads correctly.)
Kryptonite delivery system:
your such a pleasant forumgoer to be around, it made me want to help with this drought of dragons we seem to be experiencing
^ this is about the only video ive seen of art being drawn, but I believe it to be pretty good
^ im sure you found this on google images before, but we can't forget that this is a dungeons and dragons forum, so a dragon with a d20 seems suitable
EDIT: some reason the youtube video didn't automatically hyperlink, just copy paste
Well, thank you for the kind complement! And great video by the way. Although the artist in question operates at such a high level of skill that I'm afraid I learned nothing by watching, except perhaps "that guy is awesome."
Nice dragon with the D20, too. Seeing as how it's placed on a table next to food, I can't help but wonder if it's edible. Marzipan, perhaps?
Either way, you get dragon-shaped cookies:
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haha I had pretty much the same learning experience from that video
what we are (dragon lovers)
totaly not a dragon, its a tattoo
a chineese business man
also, rejoice dragon lovers, we now have a game that will be released in a day or two in which...
YOU are the Dragon:
it seems pretty cool, I have yet to try the demo, and will most likely get it
Next riddle: What is a more powerful force than a dragon?
If you answered love, you're wrong. The correct answer is "nothing". Them's the knocks.
I've missed this thread. Everyone's so kind here.
In appreciation of everyone's awesomeness I bring more dragons!
(also... since I may have missed a few posts, if any of the dragons below happen to already be here then just let me know and I'll delete them)
@shiningwolf88: Nice one, thank you!
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Lack of dragons left you blue?
You're not alone.
Do I take that as a complement? I hear those are dragons' two favorite foods.
this thread is still going? good, easyT you are awesome and one of my favorite forumgoers.
I dont want to decide who my favorite is out of everyone because I love you all so much (I'm including people on other forums aswell)
@DoctorBadWolf: Windjammer! A worthy name for a worthy steed! While the dragons feed upon my new mount, I will use the distraction to make good my cowardly escape. I am in your debt, good Doctor. Many cookies of thanks. Show
@dreamseru: dreamseru, you are a shining example of kindness. Many thanks, and many cookies. Wait, I gave you too many. Sorry. Really sorry. Show
Once again, my Batmans, I ask you to riddle me this:
Although ugly as sin, they're tasty to eat
Yes, I speak of the sometimes-pets of dragons: people.
Thank you for the excellent slushy dragons, my favorite flavor next to cherry.
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Did you know I was this close to starting an "Art Collection: Dungeons That Aren't Silly" thread?
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If two is company and three is a crowd, what are four and five?
My thunder comes before the lightning;
My lightning comes before the clouds;
My rain dries all the land it touches.
What am I?
Exasperated dragon on the field of battle: "Mother said there would be knights like this."
If the lagyacrus was a good example of "water dragon" then the rathalos is a good one for the red dragon. unfortunately i'm in the office and I can't see most pictures due to the filters. Did somebody post a rathalos picture?
I think one of the previous images might have been a Rathalos. But I'm not 100% sure.
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Ah, amnesia, my sometimes friend. Help out a guy down on his memory?
I'm known for my coats, not my clothes.
My forests, not my trees.
My bows, not my arrows.
Who am I?
I have no banker's greedy thirsting, yet silver fills my banks to bursting.
Who am I?
I hope none of you are tired of riddles yet, because I ran out of clever things to say a long time ago.
Armies are asked to stand to me, yet from them I ask no quarter.
And all are advised to pay me, for when I am owed there is disorder.
Who am I?
Yes, it's time for another sphinxtastic episode of Things To Occupy Your Time Before Being Eaten By A Dragon, so put on your puny human thinking caps!
Who am I?
Here's an old classic by Emily Dickenson:
I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.
Of what does she speak?
Wings are a little small on this one, but I think the piece is nice anyway:
@pippenainteasy: Excellent! I've never seen the 1st or 3rd images before. Very pleasing, thank you!
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Have you been flexing that brain-muscle of yours? Ready to put it to the test again? Prepared to kick some riddle-butt? Good! Because here comes the next challenger!
Am I a jogger? No. I could run forever more, but I lack the feet to walk.
Am I a speaker? No. I may possess a mighty roar, but I lack a throat to talk.
Am I a griever? No. I can get all misty, but I lack the eyes to cry.
Am I a glutton? No. Food has no worth you see, but without drink I will die.
Am I a fighter? No. While you may notice strength in me, prowess you will not find.
Am I a lover? No. But for you I could fall endlessly, because I'm so inclined.
What am I?
[begin laying down crazy awesome beat]
Mello, rest easy son, this is a breezy one. Me and my dragon go ridin' in my wagon, drinkin' from my flagon, chillin' with the freon. When we see a kracken* we turn the heat on, mad rod fishin' castin' action, kung-fu-kiddin' with the wax on. Stupid squid better get gone.
[cue harmonica riff]
*Mispronounced "krack-ON" for my head-shaking rhyming porpoises (no stat block). MC-DrowBane I ain't.
I really dig that second image by the way.
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@BurningBlades20: Very, very nice! I would even go so far as to say it's exceedingly nice of that dragon to give a ride to a meal like that.
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The dwarves and Snow White sit down for a bite. How fast can you guess what she serves her guests next?
Okay, I got a bit silly today. Feed me to a dragon.
One falls but never breaks, the other breaks but never falls.
What are they?
Night and day.
What time is it? It's dragon time! But first let's stop the clock to rock your grok:
Halo of water, tongue of wood
Skin of stone, long I've stood.
My fingers short reach to the sky
Inside my heart men live and die.
Who am I?
Agreed. Warlord666, that's a superb find, thank you for sharing it with us.
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Are we really 10 pages in? This thread is getting long in the tooth.
Feeling monsterously clever?
An old sheik is dying, and he must leave his fortune to one of his two sons. He decides to hold a race between the sons to decide who gets it. Whichever camel crosses the finish line last wins the fortune for his owner. The two sons are out in the desert for days, neither one willing to cross the line, when they come across a wise man. The wise man tells them both something and they jump back on the camels and race for the finish line. What did the wise man tell them?
He told them to swap camels.
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