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Brother.  Prince.  Snake. by samburley Brother.  Prince.  Snake. by samburley
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to illustrate a little story by Cecil Castellucci for Tor.com. I was honored that they came to me for a dragon and had a lot of fun with this. Painted in acrylics, colored and edited in photoshop.

Read the story here: [link]

Tor.com - Do not use without permission

Check out my website [link], blog [link] or facebook [link] for more!


Feel free to email me at sam@samburleystudio.com - Don't send notes here on DA because I tend to miss them.
If you're interested in prints, check my site Contact page for rates and send me an email, or browse BFA: [link]

Thanks for looking! :)
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:iconwatershepherd:
Watershepherd Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Oooh, I like this one! :D nice work
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:iconnighthead:
NightHead Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hooray for Snake unfluenced dragon desgisn! So awesome!
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:iconm0ny11:
M0NY11 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this all from mind? If so how...
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:iconlapponia:
Lapponia Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, just great! looks very realistic!
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:icontoshi13go:
toshi13go Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
epicness! awesome!
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:iconbulentkural:
bulentkural Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
goooood!!
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:iconbaik3n:
BaIK3N Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
:D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconkyt5000:
kyt5000 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Will this be on display at Illuxcon?
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Hey Kyle. Unfortunately not - the traditional version isn't really worth looking at, and it actually looks like I won't be able to make the show this year. I'm moving to Seattle next month and just can't afford the trip all the way back so soon. I am working on a new traditional dragon though and hope to get into the 2013 show :)
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nightlynxness Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
*Stunned by the gorgeousness of this piece* I find this perfect--the dragon is a feast for the eyes, you do the anatomy, lighting, colouring, perspective (basically everything) of it so well, it looks so tangible, so real, so full of character. I can almost hear it rumbling... Love the claw on the gargoyle <3 And the little bird on its other paw :3

The background of the piece is just icing on the cake; the sky, the landscape, the building on the right--just the right amount of detail, love the colour scheme for it, and how it contrasts against the stone grey of the castle... and of course, love the angle you drew it from.

Simply breathtaking!!!
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:iconnv-cetefi:
NV-Cetefi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
*-*
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:iconjonrea:
jonrea Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Lovely image
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Dear God in heavan that's exquisite. :O
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Well thank you!
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:icongreyareark1:
GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Love the design of the creature, and the angle of perspective looking down.
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconjonhrubesch:
JonHrubesch Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconadamscythe:
AdamScythe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's frickin' great! :D I really love the little bird on its hand ;)
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
Thanks, he almost got left out!
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:iconadamscythe:
AdamScythe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad he didn't :)
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:iconaengelwolflare:
AengelWolflare Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
that is so nEAt!
But those wings, THOSE WINGS, are a bit tiny to support such thing in the air :=0

But it's still pretty neat!
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thanks. According to the story he's got 'tiny' wings that seem impossibly small for supporting his frame :D
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:iconaengelwolflare:
AengelWolflare Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I see :D

(I still find it funny how illustrators have to comply to commissioner's brief)
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:iconpixielog:
pixielog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously love ALL your work.
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconwritegirl:
WriteGirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work! The weight this guy has is so well done :)
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconblaiblou:
blaiblou Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Inspiring.

I like the horizon.
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:iconbite95meh:
Bite95Meh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wonderful art and an incredible story!
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:iconian-summers:
Ian-Summers Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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:iconportablecity:
portablecity Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Fav'd for the neckwattle. And the great green/red colourscheme!
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Haha, thanks :)
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:iconjo-sh3ph3rd:
Jo-Sh3ph3rd Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
there is no words!
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:iconwolfgan:
Wolfgan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Daaaamn thats nice ! :o
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:iconsars-08:
SARS-08 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Gorgeous. I love the drop down into the city, and the relaxed look of the dragon.:)
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconsars-08:
SARS-08 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
You're welcome!
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:iconeva-janova:
Eva-Janova Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Squeee!
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:iconmyranmagnusson:
MyranMagnusson Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh really good work! :D :D
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
:)
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:iconyouthandwhisky:
YOUTHANDWHISKY Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful depth and colours; wonderful composition too!
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:iconwestlylafleur:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconbrookegillette:
BrookeGillette Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful dragon!
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:iconraven-mackay:
raVen-MacKay Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Wicked! Very nice job!
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:icondo-anotherstory:
DO-anotherstory Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Sooo cool!!
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:iconmelaniey:
melaniey Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Acrylics!? wow! Would you be opposed to uploading the traditional version before the photoshop coloring? If not, it's cool, I'm just curious.
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:iconsamburley:
samburley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
I'd have to check my contract. Tor might not be thrilled about me posting WIPs.
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:iconmelaniey:
melaniey Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh I don't want you to risk getting in trouble with your contract, I'll just be content with seeing the final. Thanks for the reply though. :)
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NyeAlexandaFrayne Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice piece man! :)
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