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Based on the original digital painting Dragon’s Eye – Experiment – Original.

The Woods Dragon

She was completely lost in the woods. There was no sign of habitation and no sense of the woods ending. She struggled through leaf mulch, over roots, snagging her dress on bramble and snapping twigs. Eventually, when it began to get dark she saw an orange light shimmering through the trees. With nowhere else to go, this seemed as good a direction to head towards than any. She parted the branches in front of her and looked at a huge glowing eye. Her heart took a double beat and she tried to retreat back, away from the huge beast….

Original dragon

Stone Dragon

Tapestry dragon

Woods dragon

I’ve used my own resources plus the following.


Texture 41 – Sirius SDZ:

Candle Smoke – wasd:

Grunge Texture 04 – Goodtextures:

The leaves surrounding the dragon’s eye are all photographs I took with the intention of using them to frame my illustrations. All other textures used in the image are mine, too.


Views: 148 April 2010

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    here’s looking at ya kid… cool are these…..Top work. xo

  • Thank you. Fun to play with. Thought of several more variations I could do… but… there are so many pictures to paint and so little time. ;-) x

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    OMG – how scary is that story!!!! What a brilliant concept and wonderful image. It is making me shiver!!

  • LOL Glad it all works together. It was soooo much fun! We should have a challenge in the Photo Manipulator’s group – starting point one simple photo and then see how many variation each person can do. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Richard Barry
    Richard Barryalmost 5 years ago

    HOW?? You should do a piece on how you did this. It’s so good!

  • Hi Barry, thank you! :-)

    I had the pupil/iris on one layer and used a mask to add the texture (just select it, create a new layer with the selection active, then copy the texture and use Paste Into, and use a soft eraser for the bits you don’t want).

    The upper/lower lid and the scales were on different layers too, I added textures to those, added the smoke using the luminescence of the smoke image only and a texture layer over the top.

    The leaves are photographs I edited so I was left with just the leaves on a transparent layer, which I then dragged into the dragon image and rotated/scaled/distorted until they looked right. HTH, Sybille

    – Sybille Sterk

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    I agree with what Richard just said.

  • Thank you. :-) Just posted a reply on how I did it. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Just posted a journal entry with info on how I created each one. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    Great series Sybille……have a fondness for the ol dragon….. really good experiment…keep going…xx

  • :-) Thank you KarenSue. I love dragons too. There’s something so special about them.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely!! . . .

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarralmost 5 years ago

    Just gorgeous, I think this is my favorite of the series. Just gorgeous work.

  • Thank you Rhena. :-) This was the first of the experiments.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    this is my favorite too. amazing! xoxoxo

  • :-) Seems it’s a close run between the wood and the stone dragon. Thank you so much Shar. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • stitchgrin
    stitchgrinalmost 5 years ago

    Love this!!! amazing work!!

  • Thank you so much Paul. :-) Glad you like.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnalmost 5 years ago

    Hmmmm, if I had a teacup large enough I could invite him over for tea :) Beautiful work! :) wishing you laughter

  • LOL Thank you Quinn. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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