Tia The Traveller

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Tia The Traveller

Author Comments

This is (sort of) an entry for Stefi-Heartlilly's "What Can Tia Do To Keep Warm?" competition on deviantArt.

I say sort of because I originally started the image before the competition, and then Stefi entered me into it later on, so I spent ages trying to find a good location for the dragon that actually kind of fit the brief. I don't think I really pulled it off all that successfully, but to be honest organic-based photo-manips are not my strong suit..
Still, I think she's happy with it, so that's good =)


To keep warm Tia has decided to go on holiday and get away from the cold weather by flying down to a warmer climate.. maybe somewhere in South America like in the film UP. =D


The dragon is composed entirely of different animal parts (except for the hair of course.. that was sourced from human animals).

It's much better when viewed full-size on my dA page.. actual image size is 6000x6500 when not subject to NG's ridiculously restrictive size limitations..

Direct link here: http://cheeseycom.deviant art.com/art/Tia-The-Trave ller-195267935



Overall, I like the detailing you put in the dragon, it has good-looking scales and you come a great bakground.

But when I looked closer at the picture, the background was blurred a little and the dragon put on it made it look like a collage. Plus the posture looks a little weird to me, maybe you could have raised the lower back a little more. and the tail looks unrealistically crooked, if it was curved a little more, it would seem a little more suited. The wings also could have been lower down the shoulders, it looks like they are positioned on the top of her neck. The colour doesn't match too well either, a camoflauge green, red, or dark yellow would be a good choice.

I personally don't like the hair, it seem extreamly unnecessary (that's me, I dislike it on most animals people draw) Frill or spikes coming down would be a personal preference, in case you wanted to make a single person happy :P I'm not sure what you meant by "To keep warm" but frankly, dragons are lizards and spending a litte time in the sun would definately fix that.

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Cheeseycom responds:

Thanks for the feedback.

That's the thing about photo-manipulation, my work can only be as detail as the lowest resolution photo I use.. and unfortunately I'm very limited by the fact that I'm not willing to pay for professional stock, so all the photos I use are free (and generally only medium res at best). I'm not particularly happy with the background either, but I made the dragon long before I decided to add it to a background.

The position is based on someone else's drawing of a dragon that I used as reference. I haven't received any complaints from a number of dragon-related groups on deviantArt (and my dragon obsessed girlfriend, who this was made for), so I'm assuming it's actually an ok pose. The tail is the trunk of an elephant (remember this is composed of modified photos), and was the only image i could find for free that curved in the direction I wanted.
As for the colours.. you'll have to take that up with my girlfriend - this is my take on one of her characters, and she picked all of the colours. Same goes for the hair.. she did a cartoony dragon version of herself and it has hair..

I don't know what to tell you about the 'keeping warm' part.. if you'd read the description properly you'd know that this was entered in my girlfriends "What Can Tia Do To Keep Warm?" competition, that started earlier this winter. Yes, I know dragons are technically reptiles but they're also imaginary and have quite a mythological history of living in my country, which is not warm.. spending time in the sun is a tall order in the UK, so it's easier for the dragon to just migrate somewhere warmer for a bit.

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4.00 / 5.00

Jan 29, 2011 | 11:12 AM EST
File Info
1800 x 1950 px
609 kb

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