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DragonSlayer by Christopher-Stoll DragonSlayer by Christopher-Stoll
Soot and scale eclipse pitiless sun,
and the tyranny of nature befalls us.
Ivory claws rake the ground with cruel grace before bounding back
into untrespassed sky.
Arrows pepper the air, then burn to ash
and scatter under the hurricane beats of iron wings.
The archers along with them.

A man stands, decked in steel.
Glittering with scale to rival the beast above,
not king, nor lord, nor noble knight, he calls...
The drake swings low to meet this unworthy challenge.
Spiked breast to spiked breast oppose,
the champion’s heart as hard as his armor.

He fights on foot against the sky,
slashing, leaping, hurling,
and is dragged up into the delirious air.
Astride the head of a titan,
grappling with death itself amongst a field of burning blue.

Another therapeutic sketch and poem. Sometimes slaying monsters is more than catharsis, its a keen metaphor for daily life. Anyway, I sketched it all in a frenzy of ink, 20-30 minutes and the piece was done. Then I spent a little more time touching it up digitally. Originally the piece had a lot of red, but I changed it because the black and white feels so bleak and apocalyptic.
Partially inspired by an old self-portrait that I did waaaaaay back in 2009.

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gwarnage Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
i think the knights in dragon stories should put themselves in the dragon's shoes (or paws , or , however this works)
DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
therealsplashdragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
the pic and the poem are epic
Christopher-Stoll Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool!
Arm-E Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :D
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