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Serpent of the Storm

Digital Painting

You know those flashes of light and random shapes you see when you close your eyes? That was the spark (no pun intended) behind this piece. As I was going to sleep one night, I saw this vivid image. The next morning, I began to paint. For references, I looked at photos of volcanic lightning, which influenced everything from the shape of the dragon’s mouth to the color gradient. I worked hard to recreate the feeling that the original inspiration evoked in me – of an almost serene view of this scene of destruction.

I am most proud of how the little details add to the story. The flags and trees bend in different directions under the gusts from the dragon’s wings, and old scars mar the creature’s face, as though it has done battle in the past with some other massive beast.