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Pathways - Poison Dragon cover component by emla Pathways - Poison Dragon cover component by emla
I was commissioned to paint some work for Rite Publishing in November for their Pathfinder ezine, Pathways. The issue was published this month! You can check it out at DriveThruRPG: [link]

This dragon is a magically changed gold dragon. The basic brief was that the body plan should obviously resemble a more traditional eastern dragon look than the standard DnD gold, but that is should retain the color of its parents.

(I've added my own textured background to the dragon here as it was not intended to be viewed on a white BG.)
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:iconbluehorizon89:
BlueHorizon89 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colours and how every scale is uniform. Gorgeous :love:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

When I was in the initial sketching phase of this, I lightly drew a diamond-shaped grid wrapping around his body to aid the uniform placement of the scales. :)
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BlueHorizon89 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice :D No wonder my scales all turn out naff ^^;
I shall try this method =p
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spiderkid321 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconspiderkid321:
spiderkid321 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The color is subtle, which does it justice. Impressive.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. :D
Really enjoying that red dorsal stripe. ;)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He really needed something to define his spine with the pose twisting around like that or it would never have made any sense! ;)
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D And it looks cool too! :devilish:
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:iconjillhoffman:
JillHoffman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is very beautiful!
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:iconcoffeesorbet:
CoffeeSorbet Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, the level of detail is fantastic. I especially love the face, and the tail. Great textures all around!

:love::love::love:
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Quickie-Adopts Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
So lovely ! :love:
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:icontakato14:
Takato14 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Cute :3
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FilleDePluie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
really amezing :wow:
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Rubdb93 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
nice c:

[link]
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egypttombs1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
egyptian tombs [link]
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:icondraelen:
Draelen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I really love the detail of the claws and feet, very majestic! =D

You also did a beautiful job with the scales and fins, brilliant work :nod:
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akoye Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Wow; this is awesome. The details, textures, and mixture of colors fires up this piece! I notice the small details of hard wedges in the scales too. Gosh, the details are amazingly meticulous *_*
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Waterscolors Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012   General Artist
YES! Awesome dragon!!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love how you took the idea of a "gold dragon" and ended up with such a luscious, but still "golden" color. I see everything from rich iron reds through to leafy greens, teals, blues, and even a hint of purple. Your palette, as always, just astounds me.

It goes without saying that I love the design, but my god, the more I look at it, the more variety of colors I see. SO exquisite!
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boricuanart Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ohh this is just pure awesome
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:iconnonsenzedesigns:
nonsenzedesigns Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
very fierce expression. Sometimes it's hard to draw a dragon that looks like this.
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protervum Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
an excellent work!
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:iconzirhlidayi:
zirhlidayi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Is this a dragon or a rhine deer???
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XnUclEaR-LaZeRX Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! you drew this ? :omfg:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, and yes! I posted a couple of concept sketches on my Tumblr, too, from when I was trying to wrap my brain around how the dragon should look: [link]
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XnUclEaR-LaZeRX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG so awsome :omfg: :meow:
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:iconmizaeltengu:
MizaelTengu Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
The year of the Dragon!!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Almost! Still got to wait for the lunar new year before it's really the year of the Dragon. ;)
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:iconjillhoffman:
JillHoffman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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flydragon7 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
its butiful
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you.
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Nightmayer91 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have such an amazing imagination! Not to mention unbelievable art skills... O.o So much talent!!! I love your Rusty pic too... Awesome concept... SO cool.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you!
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im2epic4u Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I love the details! Great job! ^^
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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im2epic4u Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
sure np!
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
That's a very beautiful piece of art work. :3 I love the fierce expression and colours. Lovely whiskers. Lovely soft details. =)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconrob96:
Rob96 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Job!!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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drakemyshiba Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
awsome dragon
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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drakemyshiba Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
youre welcome
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cruzsantos Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
like your color choices
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! A lot of the color choices were overall influenced by the D&D gold dragons, of which this creature is an extremely removed derivative. :)
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LightningCharm Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Aliskus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
OmG O.o
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