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Trade: Warden of the Silent Valley by Agaave Trade: Warden of the Silent Valley by Agaave
Here is my half of an art trade with :icontrollgirl:!

She asked me to draw her a dragon sitting on a crystal mountain.
I got pretty much free rein with everything else so I hope the result is somewhat expected. :meow:

Tools: watercolors, colored pencils, white gel pen and gouache.


Go and also check the beyond-amazing picture she drew for me! :squee:
Oh and while you’re there check also the rest of her gallery – you won’t regret it!
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:iconvashley:
vashley Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is sooooooo amazing! What a cool looking dragon, very otherworldly. :love:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :floating:
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:iconvarjon:
varjon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful design, great colors. *.* keep it up!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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:iconvarjon:
varjon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome ^^
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:iconwindspirit-aquaeris:
Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love the colors of the piece *_*
And the details! Just everything xD

You did just a wonderful job with all the scales crystals and rocks! I also love the soft and smooth color transitions here. I don't know what else to say :3
Just keep up your amazings artwork!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much sweetie, I am happy to hear that you like! :glomp:

Those crystals were fun to draw and I have always loved drawing rocks.
Rocks are not a very sexy subject but rocks and bare tree brances - those are my cup of tea. :giggle:
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Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true!
You really did a great job with the rocks.
They're boring but there is still fun to draw them XD
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, so much textures! :dummy:
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:iconhorrificsensation:
HorrificSensation Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
WOW!! beautiful!!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconhorrificsensation:
HorrificSensation Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
your welcome! :3
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:iconadreos:
Adreos Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done. Given all the feathers, I have trouble telling if the dragon is coated in scales or feathers.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :airborne:

Oh those on his body were meant to be scales but now that you mentioned they can look like feathers as well! :D
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RebeccaBrogden Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013   Digital Artist
This deviation has been featured here: [link] :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore the colors in this. And I bow to your skills and your attention to detail - every individual scale on the dragon looks like it was lovingly attended to until it was absolutely perfect. :heart: Aaargh, I adore your art so much. :XD:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much hun! :glomp:
I enjoy coloring scales too much. ;P
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
N'aww, you're welcome! :hug:
But it pays off in the end. ;P
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:iconjeaikman:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous <3 Love all the purples and pinks in this
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :meow:
Can't go wrong with purple and pink. :giggle:
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:iconjeaikman:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconhylianwolflink:
HylianWolfLink Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
God your work is soo gorgeousssss :heart: So flowly, stylized and unique! I love looking at thumbnails in my messages and knowing exactly who's work is it. Flawless, as always :love:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :tighthug:
I am really happy to hear that my style is recognizable!
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:iconhylianwolflink:
HylianWolfLink Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, you're very welcome, hun! :huggle:
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:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
the sharp scales and the details astound me. Love the colours and the design of the dragon!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :dance:
Scales are so much fun to draw. ^^
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:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I love how you do the claws and spikes!

the colours are stunning!

Guardian of a silent valley? looks like it could be either guarding a treasure trove, or the birthplace of its species.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who knows what that valley hides! But it definitely is something worth guarding. ;)
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:iconvictortky:
victortky Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
must be something very precious.
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Woah, this is unbelievably amazing. The detail on those scales is beautiful. And the starry sky/galaxy... its amazing how you created that effect. Entire thing is just so well done. A truly lovely art trade. Love this!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! :hug:
I am glad to hear that you like!

Secret behind the sky is white and purple paint sprinkled with toothbrush. ;)
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Vau, tää on vaan niin upea! Noi suomudetailit jne. <3 Ei vaan ole sanoja kuvailemaan tän upeutta xD
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oi kiitos! :glomp:

Lopputulos ei taaskaan ihan vastannut suunnitelmaa, mutta oon kuitenkin ihan kohtuullisen tyytyväinen ja opinpa taas paljon tästäkin piiperryksestä. ;P
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Musta tuntuu, et joka kerta kun sanot, että kuva ei ole kuten ajattelit, niin se on entistä upeampi ja mielikuvituksekkaampi :XD:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No joo, ehkä vähän turha toi mun kommentti siinä mielessä, että varmaan erittäin harvoin paperille päätyvä lopputulos vastaa sitä alkuperäistä visiota kenelläkään...
Tai mistäs minä tiedän, ehkä muut saakin printattua kätensä kautta pääsisäiset maisemansa paperille ilman ongelmia? :D
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:iconkalmanen:
kalmanen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Joo ei mulla ainakaan :lol: Niin, voihan tietty sellaisiakin olla... mutta ei ehkä heti meidän lähipiirissä? Toisaalta, onko sillä niin väliäkään, kun on lopputulokseen tyytyväinen :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totta. :D
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Khanorn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ihana on taas kerran :) upeat yksityiskohdat ja rakastan tuota taivasta.
Mut hei kuule, taas on samat värit hahmossa ja taustassa. Ja valo tulee lohikäärmeen takaa mutta otus on mystisesti silti täysin valaistu joka puolelta. Käytä myös kontrastia.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ja juu, taas sama vika... olin kyllä kovasti maalaamassa lohikäärmettä eri väreillä kuin taustaa, mutta sitten kun olin maalannut pohjavärit, tajusin, että ei hitto, taas koko työ on samansävyinen. :XD:
Yritin kyllä pelastaa tilannetta puuväreillä, mutta paperi ei kuitenkaan loputtomasti ota väriä vastaan, eli tämän isompia värieroja ei alkutöppäyksen jälkeen saanut aikaiseks. Nyt en edes sano, että "ens kerralla sitten" kun jostain syystä näemmä haluan alitajuisesti piilottaa otukset taustaan, vaikka tietoisesti suunnittelen muuta. :giggle:

Valaistuskaan ei mennyt kuin Strömsössä, ts. suunnitelma oli vaikuttavampi kuin itse lopputulos. Kootut selitykset tähän on, että "eihän se kuunsirppi loppujen lopuksi niin paljon valaise...". :roll:
Mutta jooh, selitysten sijaan lissää reeniä.

Kiitos paljon palautteesta! :heart:
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:iconkhanorn:
Khanorn Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Valojuttuja voi korjata helposti jälkeenpäin digitaalisesti :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Toki. Olisin varmaan editoinutkin tätä rankemmalla kädellä, mutta alkuperäinen piirustus on menossa postissa trade-kaverille, eli yritin pitää skannatun kuvan kuitenkin suht koht samannäköisenä kuin mitä paperiversio on. ;P
Omien kuvien kanssa voi sitten testailla. Toisaalta, pitäishän sitä oppia tekemään kunnon valot, varjot ja kontrastit jo paperiversioon, ettei tulis tarvetta jälkeenpäin korjailla.
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent scales of his body
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :boogie:
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:iconmaycellin:
MayCellin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
amazing o.o
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :la:
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uhhh love the skale detaile
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :floating:
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daylover1313 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconfuckyeahplz: This just screams Fantasy! The colors and setting are gorgeous and so is that handsome dragon.
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