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Author Comments

"It is our destiny to attempt the impossible, to accomplish great deeds regardless of fear."

This was indeed a great attempt on my part to portray one of the Star Characters of the Inheritance Cycle, Saphira.

Doing a detailed portrait by hand in pencil I first thought was hard enough, but then later the thought of coloring it struck me, and I had to try. Many, MANY months later, I've finally finished.

This was started earlier in the year, as a personal project to portray what I think Saphira should look like. I didn't follow the description in full, but I think I've done well enough, and I like her as she is.

The long process began as I first attempted to color her in one fell swoop. This attempt failed as I found that she is too detailed. So then I took up the task of coloring each of the few thousand scales that I had drawn on her one by one.

Weeks crawled by as I began my slow process. Starting from the nose, and going on little by little, I saw how Saphira was coming to life before me. As long as the process was, I loved it. But then my time was consumed by other tasks and sadly Saphira was neglected and forgotten as I was so close to finishing.

Thanks to some user's comments I was reminded of her and now, finally the task is done, and I present the completion of my labor.

The next picture I plan to attempt will be Thorn. I will also make a video of me working on the picture as it's being colored, so that people might guess how long it actually takes me to color it.


This artwork is astonishing! Inheritance Cycle art is rarely submitted on any gaming page on the whole internet, so I'm really glad you took the time to make such a great drawing! I love Saphira.

I do understand that you didn't want to follow Saphira's description in the book, but I find myself slightly disappointed.
In the book Saphira is shown to have armour-like scales, that are long and razor sharp.
Here, this is not shown.
In the book Saphira is shown to have a bony crest above her eyes, large enough for a child to hang from.
Here, this is not shown.
In the book Saphira is shown to have large fangs as long and thick as your wrist.
Here, they are but small nipping teeth.

But that is just me. And I am rather picky.

However, when you look at the art itself, it is -as I said- amazing beyond words. You deserve five stars for the quality of this piece, and the time that went in to it.

that was the sound of me favouriting this piece!

I'm pretty sure...

... Christopher Paolini would be touched right now.

The effort shows... alot. She seems alive...

Nanashi-Hikaru responds:

This is by far the strongest and most touching responce thank you ='D


i c real beauty in this dragon..... something exiting but not wut i thought in mind... perfect! 100000000/10


this is superb, keep it up!

awesome :D

so detailed!

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4.52 / 5.00

Aug 31, 2011 | 5:03 PM EDT
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900 x 1449 px
1.4 mb

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