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I started this painting as a study from a photograph, during which i listened to the audiobook version of A Song of Ice and Fire. It was one of the Daenerys chapters from A Storm of Swords.
I'm a huge fan of 'Ice and Fire', you know... :)
So, same process as always: i finished the painting, and i kept it to myself, since it was a study and not a proper illustration, quality wise.
The dragons came next.
I came back to this painting like two weeks after i had finished the first version, and, as it often happens, i didn't like it anymore. The clouds looked too solid, all the volumes were off, but the lights were good, and so were the colours. I decided to start painting on top of the finished piece, just fixing things here and there, wandering towards no particular direction.
When i was close to finishing this second version, about two days later, i noticed that i had left a layer on top of everything, it was an old sketch of a character. I often start drawing random and unrelated stuff when i feel like i need a pause from whatever i'm currently working on. In that case it was a knight. It was half erased - it wasn't even a good drawing to be honest - but i liked how a bit of the cape was exactly where the dragon on the left is now, on the final version. Of course, at the time it didn't look like a dragon at all, but more like an upside down hook, or the Nike logo... but anyway, in that moment i knew i wanted something there, in the middle. The painting looked empty without it. In that moment inspiration hit me: the palette was right, the mood, too, made me think about fire and sky and this amazing fantasy land underneath it... the connection with Daenerys and her dragons - or dragons in general - came naturally, so i drew them. Plus, guess what I was listening to... ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little story time. I didn't mean to write this much. I hope i didn't bore you, I just liked how randomly this painting came to be. I felt this was a story i wanted to include.
I read books, draw stuff and dream a lot.
My online portfolio: https://www.artstation.com/arnot
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.