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Tintaglia by Onanymous Tintaglia by Onanymous
"Pulsing veins were outlined briefly in the stretched membrane of her wings. Then, like dye spilled in water, colour flowed through them. Her wings went from transparent to translucent to a rich sparkling blue,...but the word 'blue' had taken on a new meaning in the brilliance of her scales." - Robin Hobb, The Mad Ship.

Closeup of the face & egg.

All stock from stock.xchng

Created for Fantasy I: Dragons @ Worth1000

Created entirely in Photoshop CS2 using a few lizards, frogs, iguanas, newts, bats, snakes, a snow leopard and a very bad tempered camel.
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SOTOGAN Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Photographer
This is very nice. I featured it with my facebook page Amanita [link] in the alboum CG Mushrooms, if you don't mind. Thanks
Lyn-Kat Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sweet! THAT IS AWESOME! I love the way you managed the scale details on the dragon.

I wish they real. I'd want one as a pet.
pixiebutt14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
She's really wonderful!!! I thought she was a 3d sculpture of some sort, pretty amazing!!!!
EStreet Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011 looks so damn realistic.
ApocalypticAngel4792 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student Writer
Wow! Those colors are amazing!
THESILVER-X Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
:) Love the robin hobb books. Good job.
MonikaZagrobelna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how...realistic. Amazing job
Mistgod Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks SO real! Very cool!
kez245 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
Thats really awesome and so cute
hleon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
so cute!!!!!
andy-pants Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
AWWW how cute. :)
OceanEyedWolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Very pretty ^^
Petylossu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
Willow141 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im confused, is it real (as in statue) or is this an amaaaazing picture or is it a 3D thing on computer
Onanymous Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's not a statue or a 3D rendering, it's just photomanipulation.
I took lots of different photos of reptiles and other animals and combined them in Photoshop to form my dragon.
Willow141 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O omg, tht must've taken some doing!
Sequeena Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Oli-86 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007   Writer
Awesome manipulation, looks real :)
FeuSigil Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's cute:D And soo natural, that someone could belive it's real:P
dragonwolfstryde Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
What an a amazingly real dragon! you could believe this was a real shot - the lighting is perfect on the dragon, he fits right in. Great piece!
Stooshmeister Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant... If only we were all as talented. Respect.
Ellie0bell Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
oh how cool
editwilson Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Thats very realistic the lighting match up is spot on the only thing that slightly spoils it is the dragons head but its nothing major. Good job
utherdoul Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
This is probably the most "realistic" dragon image I've seen. It makes it so much more convincing when it's done with photomanipulation. It must've taken a great deal of time to choose the stock images and arrange them together, but it really paid off...

Did you win the competition?
Onanymous Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, no.
I came second, but the winner was pretty awesome, so I didn't mind too much.

Finding the right sources is just as important (and time-consuming) as doing the actual manipulation.
I ran out of time when finishing this one (procrastination is a terrible thing!), so there is quite a few things I still want to fix up, mostly lighting and background related. I might even get round to it some day.
Scorptique Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
Wonderfully manipulated. Looks very real =D
ArtByScott Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Very nice love it.
bobbijp60 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
wow!! that is amazing!! it looks 3d. Is is not???
Onanymous Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Nope. Every single part of it was spliced together in Photoshop.

For instance, the face: the mouth comes from a gecko, the nostrils from a camel, the eye from a snow leopard and the scales and spikes from various other lizards and iguanas.
bobbijp60 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
wow!! i really thought it was a sculpture!!! great job!!!!
confusedzebra Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
this is cool. nice dragon. very nice dragon.
nicosnas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007   Artisan Crafter
amazing fotomanip
AdigunPolack Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I gotta say up front that this photomanipulation fantasy piece is TRULY good!! :floating: And I love how you made the dragon, its translucent wings, and the egg as well, and also how you placed this creature in such a fine setting to make it look real, fantasy-style the way it should be!!! :star: !

An excellent piece of work if I do say so myself, Onanymous!!! :dance: !
ScarletteHarlette Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
God I am Loving this piece.
Great work. It's amazing.
lambchop4444 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
i love this piece, although i think i would like it a little more if the saturation was reduced a little
KazuyaGFX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Interface Designer
lol, stocks and dragon was nicely used, picture looks so cuteeee :)
Kyran-DanceMusic Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007   Digital Artist
Nice, nice, nice. Keep it up.

deliriouslysomebody Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007  Student Photographer
I thought it was 3d. :)
The-Fairywitch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
skellorg Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
I've just started reading "Mad Ship," though I met Tintaglia in The Tawny Man trilogy (yes, I've read them out of order, but once I finished The Farseer Trilogy, I had a very difficult time getting into "Mad Ship," so I read the Tawny Man trilogy and now am very much looking forward to the Liveship Traders trilogy.) I love the quote you've included in your description, though I haven't reached that part in the book yet. I uploaded my own Tintaglia image earlier today and find it wonderfully strange and coincidental to have stumbled upon yours, which is magnificent. :)

... And I think perhaps I've had too much caffeine today.
skellorg Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Yes, I'm looking forward to "meeting" Amber, knowing what I know about the Fool. Those few scenes in The Tawny Man trilogy where Fitz eavesdropped on "Amber" and Jek ignited an interest in the Liveship Traders trilogy that I'd previously lacked. :)
Onanymous Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
I actually started with the Liveship Trader trilogy, before discovering the Farseers. That meant that I had to read it a second time before actually figuring out the connection between Amber and the Fool.

This dragon isn't really the Tintaglia of the books (she's much too small for that)
I just really liked the description of her colour, and tried to recreate something of it here. However, I do think her facial expression and protectiveness towards her young could be quite similar.
LeviathanDemon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...everything was blended rather well. The wings and fins are rather eye-catching. But I really like the egg. =D
racinricerkat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Student Digital Artist
Wow if i didn't know better I would think you took that picture of the dragon closeup!
muh-chan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Very nice! I love the dragon! the colors are soo nice!! Great job ! :D
numblocke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
awesome :+fav:
BenjaminGalley Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!
edubz02 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
lol really nice job blending real and fake photos. everything flows really nicely. well done!!
Onanymous Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
It's still very early here, so I might be a bit slow, but what do you mean by fake photos?
edubz02 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
sorry, i mean the digital photo against the real background. does that make sense? hope i didnt offend u in anyway
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