Look who's growing up! Mr. Lava McSharkdragon here is one of the few projects I managed to finish recently. The dragon was by far the most time-consuming part. I am still not 100% satisfied but I think it's a step in the right direction. I hope I don't come of as too cocky when I say that I'm a little bit proud of the background because the lava-like structure is entirely computer-generated. I only did a few tweaks afterwards in PS to make it more atmospheric, adjusted lighting and added minor details + the dragon. In case you were wondering what it needs to create such a structure, I'll gladly tell you that "Mandelbulb 3D" is a fine and highly underestimated piece of freeware that lets you create 3D fractals. I've been using it since march this year and wow, it just enriched my work flow so much! So after playing around with some random formulas I eventually stumbled across these really awesome parameters. (If you want to check them out, feel free to send me a note.)
TL;DR Go and get Mandelbulb 3D on fractalforums.com, it's free and in combination with Photoshop the most awesome creativity boost for digital artists!
This is so amazing I'm at a loss of words gosh the amount of detail is just breathtaking, especially all the lava cracks on the dragon! The lightning and colours are so nice too I just always love the combo of blue and orange lighting at the same time~
please i want to see more of this dragon it goes so well with my computer i based my new pc around this image, i had the baby one as my background for so long when my girlfriend went to Poland she got me a grey and red dragon that looks like the baby dragon i had nowhere to put my dragon toy around the same time you released this picture i got my new pc i had based the colors off the baby dragon with grey and red and now with my new more powerful computer comes this background and my little baby toy sits inside the computer being able to be seen through the window resembling a baby version of this absolutely love this dragon and i hope to see more of him.
Holy Moses, that is incredible!! That lava in the background is perfect, it looks like a photograph (I've never used fractals or have a program to use them, but that's amazing what you can do with it!) and then the dragon is just awesome. I think I have a thing for lava dragons... Epic!
Wow... After seeing this I am truly considering either giving up drawing or working harder than before. Either way, this is one of the best art pieces I have seen up to this point in time. My sincerest congratulations!
Don't give up! You will eventually achieve your goals if you keep working! I know it's easier said that done most of the time, but let me tell you something: I felt like throwing my tablet out of the window just yesterday haha I sometimes think about giving up art altogether but then I find myself working again just a day later. I guess it happens to all of us once in a while. Good luck with everything you do!
Any planned pictures displaying Mr. Lava in flight? Currently, it is difficult for me to imagine this dragon having enough aerodynamic capabilities for such a venture, as his wings look too small and dense to be a veritable method of transportation. However, Mr. Lava may not even have been planned to be a flier at all, so I only request some clarification on the reason for designing his wings in this fashion.