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Enter the Dragon 12 by Ellygator Enter the Dragon 12 by Ellygator
(2013), 9"x12", pencil on paper

This one is again based on the stupendous reptile photography of :iconblepharopsis: and was drawn with the permission of the photographer. Thanks so much!



The beautiful lizard in this photo is a Chinese water dragon. Their native habitat stretches from India to southern China and southeast Asia where they live in trees overhanging rivers or lakes. When threatened they will drop from the branches into the water and swim to safety. They are also captive bred and are quite often kept as pets where they thrive on a diet of crickets, mealworms, roaches and locusts. They can get quite tame when handled gently.
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:iconklieo:
Klieo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO cute!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconklieo:
Klieo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so welcome! :D
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Well done, my friend! There is no polite way to say that scales area _____ to render correctly, and you have done yet another admirable job. If I were to offer any suggestion, it would be to soften/smooth the shading of his eye with a french stub or Q-tip to give it a softer, wet feel (especially once you bring the white highlights back with an eraser) to help differentiate it from the delightfully rough scales. But that's just me, and unlike you, I haven't the patience to draw a lizard--paint daubs are so much easier! *smile*
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This little fellow was a lot of fun to do, though m wrists do complain after a tour de force like that... Smudging while drawing in pencils is still one of the things I kind of want to do more of. Every time I make myself (the Lucius portrait or the Cersei) I am actually quite pleasantly surprised by the results...
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Krofia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
awesome :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I love this series.
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:iconkrofia:
Krofia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
;)
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GilPires Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
THUMBS UP!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really love Chinese Water Dragons - so much character.
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
:heart: :heart: :heart:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like him. Thanks so much!
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:iconmasterkrypton:
MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! What gorgeous details! :D
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Had fun drawing him.
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nifty. I like the scales' details.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's fun to explore all the different textures.
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine :)
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:iconvivalavida:
VivalaVida Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Herrlich. :love: Ich bewundere dich total für deine Geduld und Präzision. Ich glaube, sowas könnte ich niemals zeichnen.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke Dir! Es war schoen, mal wieder eine Eidechse zu zeichnen. Hab' noch zwei mehr auf Lager...
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:iconavocadoart:
AvocadoArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great work, very accurate! I love it!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I had fun drawing him.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Excellent!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconaymnelgwady:
aymnelgwady Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
great
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, glad you like!
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:iconemey:
emey Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW :iconwowplz: WOW!!!! :#1: Absolutely so Amazing :) :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Been too long since I drew me another dragon...
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:iconemey:
emey Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most Welcome, You are truly Best at Dragon Drawing also! :) :thumbsup:
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very interesting work!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I think he well knows he's related to dragons, look at the pride in that pose!

How you get all those teeny tiny scales and skin textures is really amazing.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really love his posture - little show-off. As for the scales, my wrist is still aching a little...
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Best treat it well!
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:iconraiderhater1013:
Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This is amazing! Makes me want to go and get one for myself. Though I think the cats might not like that though....
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And yeah with cats you probably need a padlock on the terrarium, they can get into anything they put their clever feline minds to...
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Yes, from personal experience I know this to be true, I love cats but they are murdering little monsters!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
:wow: outstanding work Elly! :thumbsup:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was so nice to draw another one...
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
you're very welcome! :D
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Sempraseverus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
lovely lizard kitty ...
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, seeing how your Snape likes his little dragons, I bet he wouldn't mind this one, either. Thanks so much!
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Sempraseverus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
squeeeeeeeeeeee
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Great job :nod:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW :wow: That is another AMAZING piece!!!! :omg: Looks like it must have taken you weeks to finish it! :iconiloveitplz:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so happy you like him. Actually I was surprised I needed no more than two half-days... I guess he was very cooperative.
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW... that is not long at all. All your work is just amazing! You know, we still haven't gotten together for coffee, I think we live to far from each other or something. Can't remember. LOL
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, Euless and Allen. Man, it's worlds apart...
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:iconcybelemoon:
cybelemoon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. And I'm not able to really drive much at when I do... stay within usually 5 miles or less from the house. My health just doesn't allow anything more. Well at least we can be "pen pals" LOL
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I have the odd day where I am heading over to the DFW Marriott for a business mixer on Thursday evenings. I should see if I can desert the office a little ahead of time and head for Euless first. Maybe we can manage a little meetup after all...
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