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Hidden Territory by KatieHofgard Hidden Territory by KatieHofgard
The second piece for Enaxn, with more pretty mountains!  Denali is up there, bein' all majestic with his amazing beardy floof.  Strong influence on the landscape from my local mountain gorgeousness, the Colorado Flatirons.  I had so much fun with this painting, I didn't want it to end!

Work in progress shots, including an animated gif of the process, can be found here -…

27 hours in Photoshop CS6 with an Intuos 3 tablet
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JadeRavenwing Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If that's not the most majestic mane I've seen, then I'm a cucumber.

Lovely work on the background too, it's nice to see something inspired by Colorado. :) We've got a lot of gorgeous scenery here.
otakuofmine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
What a plushy dragon! I like it much. :)
markopolo243 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2014
Very fluffy! Looks super proud.
Red-Rose-12 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
how majestic 
RyleDyaxiq Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Trying to get back to visiting DA more. I've been out of practice and motivation to draw but I figure if I get to see what some of my old friends were up to it might spur me into doing something.

I am always in awe when I see your work. I love the angle, it lends itself to giving this guy more majesty than the usual from the side-on a cliff dragon scene. Looking up  at him I feel small and edible. 
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you!  I'm glad you like it, this one was so much fun to paint too.  =)
The mountains certainly steal the show, here
equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful image!
Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very noble and regal! the light hitting the rocks and trees and as a backlight is a beautiful touch. 
Enaxn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My goodness it's taken me long enough to get to this.  I think I've restarted this comment maybe 6 times before I quit Firefox and go NO WAIT AHHHHH.  It's such a terrible habit lolol. 

BUT ANYWAY YES JUST LOOK AT THIS.  WHAAAAAT!!!  I'm so glad we went with that third thumbnail lolol I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.  Omg the fun cutting sunlight and all the yellow dancing along the trees and DENALI'S MORE PERFECT BEARD WOW.  I just even can't.  So much love for this is love that I love WOW.

SO YES THIS BACKGROUND. WHAT.  I love every square millimeter of it. SO MUCH.  I love those fun mountain swishy clouds and how they swirl around and that deep blue sky and that PERFECT yellow lighting that makes everything glow in happiness.  Much like my OWN glowing happiness! You have such a mastery over atmospheric perspective and implied detail. So incredibly jealous ahaha.  I love how blurry those way-back trees are and those fantastic little rocks. Omg.  And then the way the trees and rocks get more and more detailed as they dance closer to viewer. Wow.  WOW.  I loved watching you detail all those teeny tiny little pine branches so super much.    I love the lovely little shadows that shade parts of the trees and make those lovely flat rocks stick out. MAN I want to go play on those rocks <__<.  The detail on those rocks too is just AWESOME.  I love how you painstakingly painted in all that rocky detail instead of just overlaying a stock texture.  It's what gives them so much character and individual-ness.  It's so awesome!  Ahh those lovely flatiron-y rocks.  And THAT ROCK DENALI IS STANDING ON. Omg I want to make rocks that legit. I LOVE it.  I love how detailed and divine it is.  And all the little rocky outcroppings and ahhh I don't even know but I love it.  And it looks so wonderful underneath Denali as well.  What fun. WOW.  And those foreground pine trees are just the perfect touch with their lovely yellow needles. Ahhh what a background what a MIGHTY FINE BACKGROUND!!!

AND DENALI YOU HANDSOME BASTARD YOU!!! WOW.  Ugh that mane is so perfect.  The third thumbnail is worth it for that billowing mane alone.  But the rest of him is just DIVINE as well.  I love his gently lifted foot and his dramatically sweeping tail and his just most perfect majestic pose.  It's just amazing.  And it perfectly complements the majesty of his surroundings as well.  I love the way his whiskers are blowing out in front of him to match that MOST PERFECT billowing beard.  Ahhhh I could stare at the detail in that majestically flowing clump of fuzz forEEEEVER!!!  It's shaded to divinely and perfectly and I just love love it!!  I love the way the sunlight sneaks in through his wing membrane and then the color bounces off of his fun scaling. I LOVE that big.  I love it when you do fun things with reflected light. Ahhhh love it love it!!  I love how his whole body is a warmer shade of red than the rest of him.  It's way more interesting than having a shadow <__<;.  I love the tasteful and subtle shading on his scales as well.  And I LOVE those super detailed scales that run down his neck! And I love how articulate all his toes are and that lovely wing thumb and THOSE FUN SHARP SPINES OW.  Ahhhhh and his fun twirly horns.  You twirled them so well.  Ahhh you made such a pretty Denali!

I won't lie, while I'm THRILLED to have such amazing at from you, I'm kinda bummed that I'm not on your cue anymore.  You make such DIVINE art ahhh it's such an honor to have something so gorgeous from you.  Thank you for putting such time and care into this!  It definitely shows and I REALLY appreciate it!  :heart::heart::heart:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am actually kinda bummed your not on my queue too, I relished every moment of both your commissions, and always had them to look forward to for so long.  It's weird now, haha!  Thank you so much for everything, I just loved working with your characters and with YOU, you're so enthusiastic and fun to talk to.  <3
KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The transparency in the wings were really well done.  I also really enjoy that background and the effort put into all those pines
Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. So pretty. 0_0
Barn0wl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
This is completely amazing. Such majesty, wonderful details and colors.
Haxixus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
InsaneBestumis Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful Creature!
Ginko-333 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :3
SoldierToger Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist
So floofy. That is wonderful. And that background is beautiful!
MuttySphinx-arter Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry, I can't convey my emotions about it in English, but I can say, that it is amazing art *---*
SETBLKYOEM Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Breathtaking. Clap 
Karbik Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well. I thought you were exaggerating when you said it was based on actual landscape, that perhaps it's artistic liberties with perspective or exaggerated angles. 
Well darnit, those things are insane. Such an interesting landscape feature.
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty awesome aren't they!  You used to be allowed to climb them, for serious rock climbers only.  But they discovered lots of birds of prey, some which are endangered, nest in the high cliffs.  Plus the climbing was degrading the surface, which would have wrecked them in the very long term.  So now you aren't allowed to climb them, but they're still beautiful.  I used to live in a house just a 20 minute walk away from the base, where I could come and touch them.  =)
TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh goodness that background is amazing! I love how you paint trees, and those rocks are wow! Excellent work on the dragon, too. :D I love fur beard, and your colors are forever gorgeous and rich! Excellent work! :D
Createdit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just brilliant @.@
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Impressive, love the details and colors.
A7XSparx Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY COW :iconcow-plz: THIS. IS. AMAZING :heart:
Nikalaine Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive mane :D
PineRain Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with that background! And the mood is great, too!
genericfandom Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is an absolutely gorgeous picture!
NaturE333 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! i love it!
YoankaAvocado Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Wow, so majestic and beautiful.
Streaked-Silver Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dragon Beard is best beard.

he looks down right fabulous.
Samiiches Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. So. Majestic.
Stelkur Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student
wow, wonderful pose! He looks so majestic with his behavior and the mountains behind him. Great atmosphere on this picture.
HavickArt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning art
Lukia26 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful <3
Wulfsista Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is great and amazing at the same Time! :heart::heart::heart:
Drag0n-Princess Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
It looks so majestic :D
Divinorum913 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Haha read some comments, my fiance` and I are moving to Ft. Collins in a month from Centennial. With so many talented artists from all over the globe, it's awesome to see someone who's a local. :D
Divinorum913 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Found you on the mainpage, I love your art! Totally inspires me to dedicate my life painting dragons. :D
AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work Such detail. The perspective is stunning, not to mention the scales and wing veins :heart:
Ludichris1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Holy guacamole!!
Ziega Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh glob, that reminds me of that road inbetween the mountains ;w; I can really see the hard work and dedication! I feel like I'm looking right at home :D Great work! :heart:
LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Looking at this, I truly think of rounding a corner driving up I-70 into the mountains and seeing this dragon perched on a mountain top! The details are amazing, the atmosphere and environment as a whole truly feel like you're really there. All those teeny tiny trees--wow! I would go crazy painting all of those! The illusion of depth is so well illustrated with how the trees gradually get smaller and smaller. My favorite part is how the light comes through the dragon's wings--you have a real knack for giving "skin" parts (for lack of a better word!) that deep rosy glow when light hits it.  Amazing work :)
Jincks Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh wow, I love fluffy dragons! I'm also digging the way you did the atmospheric lighting in front of the mountain, it really gives the piece so much depth. Great job balancing the dark character with the light background!
labetenwar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welshea Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Very good. I like it
SirMersi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome!  I love all your art but your full illustrations are absolutely breathtaking.  Lovely work.
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist
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