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The Reasons for Things by cryslara The Reasons for Things by cryslara
Oh fine, have another dragon. ;)
This was painted a while back as a commission for my residential college - my hall's logo is an ouroboros which makes doing art for them pretty awesome.

What's really cool is that this was printed out on a massive scale, at about two metres wide, that I then presented to the college at Commencement with all my terribly eloquent speech skills. It's the 50th anniversary of the hall this year and I hid the years in the bookshelves as a sneaky reference to that.

No idea on the time as I worked on it over summer, but Photoshop CS4 and a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet as always.

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
"Oh, hello there! Please, feel free to browse; just remember the library has a three-at-a-time limit for checking out books. Enjoy yourself!

"...Please, don't be afraid. I know a library is the last place you expected to find a dragoness such as myself, but I promise I'm not dangerous. I won't eat you for being too loud or something terrible like that. Though you WILL be in for a quick snarl or two."
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StatsMann Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
One day.. i will draw like that! ^^
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:iconbajatmerc:
Bajatmerc Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I hope it would be ok if I link this page with your name and include the picture in a list of threads on a forum that I am working on.
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:iconangel0507:
Angel0507 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Love the dragon in the library. I love to read.
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:iconpanda-dog:
Panda-Dog Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a cozy piece of art. Looking at it makes me feel happy. :)
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:icondevoutnumelran:
DeVoutNumelran Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic. So very astounding. :)
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:iconlongbeautifulday:
LongBeautifulDay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the atmosphere. And dragon in the library is the perfect dragon.:meow:
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xSilverxEaglex Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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alligirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow. I haven't checked up on you for a while--and this is what I was missing. Incredible. I love the dragon's scales, the color palette, the natural pose of not-quite-eating its tail, and the subtleness of the years worked in--I didn't notice them at first, but they're so very clear now. You just did a phenomenal job; hope you're continuing to enjoy your work.
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Would love to spend my quiet days in the library with that dragon. :)
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peacheschica Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
beautiful dragon
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Aeradae Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Lovely :aww:
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CreativeNessEye Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
very nice coloursss
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Fangy-From-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconiwantitplz:
I'm wordless.
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Embrymandre Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Featured here : [link]
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MuttInkDreams Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student General Artist
mmm, colors, the colors.
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xXDamselFlyXx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Really cool.
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raven-2007 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
That's beautiful. :) The warm sun pouring through the window, the flowers and cup of tea sets a nice atmosphere in this picture. The way the dragon is smiling slightly with it's tail in mouth looks cute. :) It was a good choice to set the scene in the library - it's a good symbol of knowledge and... well, I've lost the thread of my thoughts now, of what I was going to say. :XD: Drats. What do you mean by your terribly eloquent speech skills? I'm sure you spoke great words, if your meaningful cheery journals are anything to go by (although I acknowledge that writing a journal and speaking with hundreds of people staring at you present different pressures :lol:), and even if you think you did crap, I daresay few will remember any stuff-ups by you in the future. :P I'm guessing it felt awesome to receive the commission from the college, as it means they were really impressed by your work, and it will be seen by many people in future.
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kpword Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Forget bookworms. Bookdragons are cooler.
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
You were featured here: [link] . :iconfeatureplz:
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Very good work.
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nFeyrna Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can relate to the dragons apparant satisfaction. Surrounded by books with a nice cup of (assumed) tea. Sounds like the perfect place on earth!

This has some beautiful design and I love how well the dates in the bookshelf came out. You did a wonderful job!
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NikitaDarkstar Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow that is so beautiful Crys. Looks like that little dragon is spending some quality time in heaven. :3 (Well my version of heaven anyway, nice, bright day and an old library XD)
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Graeth-Raltharn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Always such beautiful work
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Cate-Saturn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a pretty dragon.
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bigsamuellevel Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
very cool good job
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:iconxserpientex:
xSerpientex Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Gorgeous <3
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CrayolaColours Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
The 1961 - 2011 thing was amazingly clever :) I love the dragons expression.
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Sejuay Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
**BOGGLE**

I just noticed that. :omg:

This rocks. :nod:
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borisstephens Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
This is an amazing piece of work, the lighting is what gets me... it's very nice.
The placement of the books, coffee cup and flowers is ace. Love the colors... so good!
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:iconcometwing:
Cometwing Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the colors you used:)
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Pilkazo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   Filmographer
beautiful!
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:iconkaroit:
Karoit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome drawing XD
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:iconblizzardlynn:
BlizzardLynn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My my, I really love this guy!!
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Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly, if Libraries had dragons in them to help folks, I'd totally work at one.
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wings1 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I would really love a wallpaper version of this!
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FlareTheDragon1 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
very sweet and cute :)
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Hoshi-Ryu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I love the bookshelf year idea, and they are so blended that it's not bringing your attention away. This is quite a lovely piece!
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Drewsdrewings Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
this is FANTASTIC!!! i love this (goin in favorites)
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Vulpes247 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Beautiful!
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:iconquidditchwitch13:
QuidditchWitch13 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
beautiful work! Always thought dragons belonged with good literature!
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Inka93 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
This is so nice :D
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Smocza-wladczyni Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Beautiful job :)
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kai-shi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
AWWWW I love this!
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DemonikaDemise Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fantastic!
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axe-ql Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so... cozy, warmly... beauty:clap:
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Ouiatchouan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine how big the pic can be on the wall this is really awsome :dummy:
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Al-Hamadi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
lovely details and lighting
well done :D
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Chickenzaur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was impressed with the idea of ​​the numbers on the bookshelves :D
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Aceling Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous detail and lighting. :)
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