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Saint George and the Dragon by TurnerMohan Saint George and the Dragon by TurnerMohan
One of a series of illustrations done for a Fantasy RPG.

The 'valiant-hero-versus-big-evil-reptile' archetype is an ancient and endlessly popular one, finding miriad incarnations in human mythology; Beowulf, Sigurd and Fafnir, Marduk and Tiamat, Michael the Archangel and Satan in dragon form, ect. most of these stories are so close that they could stand in for eachother with little difficulty (and have at various times) in all cases you've got rational, bold, apollonian man standing up to and vanquishing the dark, ancient, primeval, destructive, chaotic forces. It's easy to see why that would be such a popular, recurring theme in humanity's long ramp up from the caveman days. Saint George is probably the best known iteration of the archetype; born in Palestine in the late 200's, his legendary visage as the armored champion slaying the beast underfoot became (along with Saint Michael, with whom he is often completely interchangeable) one of the major subjects of Medieval and Renaissance art, and probably the first name people associate with fluted gothic armor and scaly foes.

This was actually the first draft of what became this… What in the hell possessed me to go back in and try and redo the knight and change the color scheme? A bad decision made at the long end of a very long contract, wanting everything to be perfect. They've both got their good points and bad (I was very pleased with that defined 'welding torch look' the dragonfire has in the other version) but in hindsight I probably should have just left well enough alone. At least I had the good sense to take pictures along the way.

Acrylic on 12" x 16" canvas

see also: Earendil In Bronze
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IAMaDWAGON Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I would like to know if I may have permission to use this drawing on a business card I'm making for my class :) don't worry I'll be sure to give you full credit for the work
SloBro475 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
It's hard to beat the classic tales for strong images of heroes in action. B-) (Cool) I sort of like the prevailing red coloration that is sort of a ruddy chiarusco effect in itself. It reminds me somewhat of the big dragon fight from the end of Disney's Sleeping Beauty.
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
prince phillip and maleficent could join the long list of people this painting could be of ("sleeping beauty" was disney's most artistically ambitious cartoon film, attempting to evoke the look and feel of a medieval illuminated manuscript come to life, it's a shame the film itself wasn't better) Capturing the feel of fire was pretty much my whole purpose here. I was brand new to paints, and thought that doing it all flame-lit i could use only red yellow and black, i didnt realize you have to throw every color in the spectrum in there to make just about anything that looks even vaguely real
Zeonista Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I had a book as a child that said the winning effect of the dragon-fire in sight & sound from that movie was that the Disney studio got a US Army flamethrower demo. There's research for you, and why Disney beat the pants off just about everybody else for years. :)
Eyes-of-Inferno Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow that's amazing!
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!
chopsmusic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Fan-Fucking-tastic. I love the old AND the new versions of this!
TurnerMohan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks! :D
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