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Free At Last by Araless Free At Last by Araless
Something I desperately wanted to finish before starting my commission queue. I'm glad I was able to submit something personal, since my recent submissions all belong to other people and I couldn't find the time to work on my own characters. It's been awhile since I last drew something so detailed. It's also the last picture of Tiamat in her older form. (Yes, I changed her again!) But don't worry, I won't change too much. Just getting rid of all of her feathers. ALL feathers. I grew tired of this concept and she was never supposed to have feathers to begin with. Back then I wasn't able to draw her old wings right, that's when I decided to use feathers instead. Now I found something that suits her better.

I'll edit this tomorrow. It's terribly late right now and I probably wrote a lot of bullshit in my recent condition. XD
Also... I need a new wrist.

Last but not least a super big THANK YOU to Felina-Colibra who was helping me and cheering me up all the time while I was working on this. There were several moments I almost lost my nerves and had the greatest desire to throw my graphic tablet right out of the window!

And thanks to everyone who supported me over the last time. I never thought people here would miss me so much! I'm glad to be back!! Love you guys.

Yours truly,
~Ara
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:iconthefluffierangers:
Thefluffierangers Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artist
Preetttyy :o
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:iconangelofdarkness089:
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Such a wonderful piece of art. I love how you did the wings and the expression on the Dragon's face.
It looks like she really enjoys the wonderful day :3
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:iconlindblut:
Lindblut Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Boah, an den Federn hast du sicherlich auch lange gesessen! Und dann noch die vielen Schuppen, heftig >XD
Aber serh schönes Bild :D hat was von den alten Drachen-Illustrationen!
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darkfurwolf300 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
wo so much detail!
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:iconzoetaylor11:
ZoeTaylor11 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Wonderful detail! Wow!
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:iconari-bunnii:
Ari-bunnii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is extremely impressive! And the design is gorgeous 
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:iconnachiii:
Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is awesome. Such an attention to detail and yet the atmosphere of the picture i not lost in it and the depth is gorgeous, too!
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:iconsf01:
SF01 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Vertebrates are tetrapods, not hexapods.
The wings are nothing else than transformed upper limbs due to evolution, not an additional 3rd pair of limbs.
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are a real genious, aren't you? ;)
Honestly you deserve a medal for your brilliance.
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:iconcindyaa:
CindyAA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha!!!
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:iconshadestream148:
Shadestream148 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
yay
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:iconshironeyuki:
ShironeYuki Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous.
You've got my breath taken away.
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:iconelzahir1989:
ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
As graceful as a cat :3
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:iconaguarush11:
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
such gorgeous detail! shading and lighting. This is incredible! I love the expression and pose! wonderfully soft feathers and the scales are gorgeously defined. You can feel all the textures here! <3 agh to be a dragon and take off into flight <3 perfect. 
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:iconlichobaz:
lichobaz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First thing, that came to my mind: So fresh air! :D
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:iconsoulfoxii:
Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, sie ist so wunderschön ♥

Das gesamte Bild ist einfach perfekt im Einklang.
Die Farben, die Dynamik, diese Brise Wind und die Frische sind überwältigend.
Es wirkt einfach so lebendig! Als würde sie jeden Moment die Flügel ausbreiten und mit dem herrlichen Wind hinfort fliegen.
Und dann mal wieder diese Liebe zum Detail ♥
Von den wunderschönen flausche Federn bis hin zu den starken Schwingen!
Das Bild im Allgemeinen wirkt so sanft und dynamisch.. es vermittelt einfach nur Freiheit ♥
Ein wunder-wunder-wunderschönes Bild mal wieder von dir :*
Ich bin schon echt gespannt darauf, wie sie ausschauen wird ohne Federn ;D

Liebe Grüße~
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Vielen Dank für's Kommi ^^
Freut mich, dass es dir gefällt!
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:iconsoulfoxii:
Soulfoxii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh ja und wie (:
Es ist wundervoll geworden ♥
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WinterOcelot Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
That is gorgeous! I love the level of detail you've put into the wings; those feather layers look spot-on! And the markings across each feather look so good!

Also, it's such a nice pose and expression; just looking at this lovely character makes me smile =P

And the little things you've added to the environment really make this piece, especially the reeds in the foreground, and that little water splash against the rock.
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:iconnightrazeshadow:
NightrazeShadow Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
beautifully done!!!!!
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:iconcursed-form:
Cursed-form Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Smooth! The dragon and the gulls look so realistic but here's still a magical touch! It really looks like the dragon is enjoying the freedom. The clouds and the water also have a realistic and polished-look. The atmosphere is silent and wistful. 
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Dark-Dragon-13 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
She looks really pretty, Very nice work :)
Good thing you didn't break your tablet.
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:iconthesaphira2000:
thesaphira2000 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Holy crap! i love this piece! The saturation looks so realistic! :D
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:iconmuttinkdreams:
MuttInkDreams Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
wow, such jaw dropping lovely coloring O.o !
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M-i-s-t-r-e-s-s Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks astounding. It's so detail oriented. I keep finding more stuff that you added to her. And the background is beautiful as well.
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Sezaii Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She is looking so beautiful, very regal and proud ^^ I think the title may explain a good freedom from you're art block! I'm interested to see her new design :D Are you not keeping any of her feathers? I think he feathered mane looks sweet, it would be a shame to see that go! Great picture in general though, the style is so...YOU! Its perfect, everything about this picture reminds me of you're beautiful style, and you're lovely snow creatures. I'm looking forward to see more from you!
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Sezzle! :D
It is way more than freedom from art block. It's rather freedom from a life in cages. I finally started to become independent and going my own way. Working hard to get rid of my depression and trying to find my own way in life. Before I was about to give up. I had no more energy and I felt... dead.
I needed to change something. It's still not easy-going, there are many rocks in my path but I'm confident now that I can break down these barriers.
I read about your incident in France. I'm really sorry for you! But I hope things are getting better for you too. I also met some nasty people on my vacation in France a few years ago. Only because I didn't speak their language :/ Not everyone is like that of course! But it left a bitter taste while thinking about it.
No, the feathers on the brooch behind her ear are the only ones I'll leave. Her feathered neck looks always so bald, it bugs me a lot, but now I found something else to cover it. ^^
Her wings will keep the form and the membran I'll use will still resemble feathers in a certain way. She also needs more glowing stuff XD
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Sezaii Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob ^^ We obviously share a great love for snow critters!
It is nice to here you are breaking through this, I never liked to ask too much about it but it seems you have been struggling with depression etc so I'm sorry to hear of this. Drawing always got me out of my bad times, my characters are always part of me so I think its a very passionate thing to do when you draw you're emotions out, and Tiamat looks oh so happy to be free here ^^
Yea it was a very hard year for me, but I have actually come out and become a better person from the experience so I don't regret all the troubles!

Oh would you send me a wip? I would love to see her new design!
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I'm really glad you're alright! Very good :) I'd love to send you a wip! Unfortunately I have no internet connection except for my mobile phone. I'll try to send you a picture but it will be small so I hope you'll be able to see anything. ^^"
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DarkStatic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing details and wonderful colours!
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:icondarkstatic:
DarkStatic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem!
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sweetymimy22 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
cool wings . i like the blue colour on it
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconryukigraydragon:
RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
This is just beautiful. That dragon is gorgeous. :d
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconariiknave:
AriiKnave Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tiamat!
My goodness this is absolutely remarkable... I can't fathom all the sheer detail and serenity this piece radiates! <333
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
She's back! 8D
Yep, it's the detail that nearly killed me! :P
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:iconazuredragonstudio:
AzureDragonStudio Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just...Wow...I'm a mixture of inspired and jealous now. This is just lovely.
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I hope more inspired than jealous ^w^
Thank you very much
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:iconazuredragonstudio:
AzureDragonStudio Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, definitely more inspired. ^_^
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:iconfractaldragon:
Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
So beautiful! The feather work and scale work are so well done, I love the colors and the designs. :)
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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:icondarkwingdrake:
DarkwingDrake Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous piece! <3
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! C:
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:iconwildwonderworld:
WildWonderWorld Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Really gorgeous picture :D
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:iconaraless:
Araless Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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WildWonderWorld Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome :D
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maesteo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me wanna leave this place and go to a fantasy island just to see this majestic creatureWaaaah!! Beautiful and creative workClap 
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