This is beautiful! The color, the lighting, the stretch of hide over muscle and bone (especially over the wings), and the fact he actually looks like he *has* muscle and bone that could anatomically work - ! An amazing job. His rider must be *very* proud!
You deserve it, believe me. What I don't like about much of the offical cover art is the way the heads and forelegs look. The are always so spindly and sunken, it doesn't convey the power of a true dragon.
Have you any thoughts of doing some fire lizards? 8D
Most of the Pern stuff I post is commission-based, so until I've got the time to do some personal art, prolly not, though I do think the little buggers are super cute and deserve some artsy love. I've done a number of line template commissions for them (in fact, I've done probably near 100 [if not more] pern lines, dragon, wher, and firelizard), but I don't like posting those because people like to steal line-art.
Ach, that is a shame you can't put them up. You can always watermark them, but I, and other artists, feel that ruins the work somewhat. Ah well, I can be patient. ^_^ I've got you on my watch list and eagerly anticipate the coming of the super cute firelizards!
Of all the things in Pern I'd want the most, a firelizard would be it. What's better than having a small dragon on your shoulder?
*flails and dies* ZOMG I can't believe you have done another Pern dragon; FINALLY! I love your style of how you depict the big beasties, and therefore I go all spastic when I see one in my message box. And as always your subtle yet mesmerizing attention to detail has paid off. I adore how he looks so smug and almost showing off, like he's telling some Greens "Oh yeah ladies, you like these here wings?" X) Can't wait to see more, and I hope your restorations and such will go more smoothly from here on out.
Yeah. One of my own RP characters I changed from riding bronze to brown, because his dragon just seemed to suit brown so much more and I love him dearly like that. Love me the middle-boys, though the bronzers do have their fun points.