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Sacrificial Dragon by Oddeum Sacrificial Dragon by Oddeum
My private revenge for all the virgins that get sacrificed in fairy tales. As a little girl (and then as the young woman I currently am) I'm all like 'hell naw! If anyone's getting sacrificed, it's gonna be you to me!'

...Anyways...In this world princesses are expected to lead campaigns and clan battles. When they turn 16 they must capture a beautiful and very deadly dragon, strap it to the sacrificial slab, and before their friends and family kill it with the ceremonial knife and eat its heart to gain its strength. Only then are they are considered woman enough to lead a group of warriors.

Oh, and the sacrificial room is also their nursery growing up.

Also, there are nicer, normal dragons in this world, but the blue dragons are hated by the clans because of their viciousness. The Blue dragons have an above level intelligence, and desire to get smarter; the only way they can get smarter is by eating a human heart, but because adults are harder to kill, they prey on infants and children, waiting patiently for them to be unsupervised so they can eat them, or slipping into the house while they nap and the parents are working on the farm.

Tools: Watercolors, sepia ink + dip pen, white ink, gel pen, paintshop
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waddler68 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
I've always loved the theme of female on male human sacrifice. To me, it is a theme laden with poetic and erotic undertones!
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Jenny42 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love this and the story!!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goodness, thanks so much! It was fun to think up ~
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DarkStormSeeker Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Drama time!! 

Awesome work with the details of the place!! Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1]  And the reflect of the glasses's colors are SO CUTE Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-03 (Squee) [V1] It's really an special charm on the dragon wings!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much ~ ! :hug:

I had fun designing this dragon; I just wanted it to be super sparkly :XD:
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IridescentDragoness Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the dragon and the glass! I don't know how you do that, but it's amazing.

And the stories you put with your artworks are always fantastic! 
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I use white liquid acrylic for some cheap highlights :X ~ !

Oh, goodness, thanks so much ^///^ I'm glad I'm not boring everyone with them; I just can't help myself.
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Laylabelle97 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Awesome backstory. The woman looks like a Nordic Joan of Arc. The dragon is beautiful,(beautiful plumage) and I love the sunlight coming in through the window.

Tis the perfect room for sacrificing things.
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I meant for her to be rather intense, so I love that she reminds you of Jeanne D'arc!
The dragon was fun to paint; I wanted it to be as blue and pretty and sparkly as it was super evil ~

Hehe, thank you!
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Laylabelle97 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Like the dragon is poison
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zuriumob Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really great piece, he look quite.. nonchalant about it though, kinda like "yeah ima just sacrifice this here grievously murderous dragon and then go be super strong i guess" *joke end*. man your paintings remind me so much of religious paintings, its crazy, craaaazy i tell you, superb job like always. :>
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's a girl ( though I understand the confusion!) and in that culture expressing fear is a horrible character flaw :XD:

I am actually quite inspired by old medieval depictions of kingdoms and churches, and the christian religion during that time! I  was going to include a halo above her head but restrained myself :D
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zuriumob Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you shouldnt have, but its pretty clear from my work i am hopelesly in love with halos, so im biased as hell.:>
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akitku Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I love the way you dealt with the architecture and the space and how you did the carvings on the wall and altar. Also the curtain is so well done, it's so heavy and soft looking. The story is a great touch by the way! Wonderful job!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It was good practice of the indoors, but diamond panes kill me yet I love them so much :grump:
The carvings were fun to invent; I enjoyed designing the ones on the altar but in the end you couldn't even see it that well. It's supposed to be a princess stabbing two wyverns in the :heart:s ~ ^ ^

Thank you!
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frejias Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, I love how you've used the white pen to bring out the detail in the scales!
I love the little story to go with by the way!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, thank you so much! Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] 
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ImpsonGreen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It's a super awesome piece, but the description behind it is rather grotesque in my opinion. I love all the different little details in this work and the dragon's wings are beautiful. What is the size? 
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And most of my stories are quite grotesque, and I understand how that's not to everyone taste :XD: Its based off of old fairy tales and Scandinavian cultures, both of which are quite grim and weird, and both of which were obsessed with hearts and the consumption of them.

Thank you! I had fun drawing the wings; I was going for iridescent dragonfly, but I messed it up a bit and just had to go with it :dummy: 

The paper is roughly A3 - about 15 inches by 11 inches ~ I hope that helps ^ ^
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ImpsonGreen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. I totally understand more of it now.
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Killing Dragons, not cool not cool! Waaaah!                                :D
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoops forgot to add the except about why they're being killed! (I feel so cruel :XD:)

'Also, there are nicer, normal dragons in this world, but the blue dragons are hated by the clans because of their viciousness. The Blue dragons have an above level intelligence, and desire to get smarter; the only way they can get smarter is by eating a human heart, but because adults are harder to kill, they prey on infants and children, waiting patiently for them to be unsupervised so they can eat them, or slipping into the house while they nap and the parents are working on the farm.'

I don't condone dragon abuse, just to be clear!
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Vapolord Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Eating human hearts? Whats wrong about that? I don't see it ^^ 
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suppose some people get their knickers in a twist about the silliest things :shrug: :XD:
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Rheic-ocean Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student General Artist
An interesting twist that is beautifully rendered. :clap: great job!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blush Thank you so very much ~ !
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martieek Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What a neat switcheroo concept!  Though I myself am extraordinarily fond and compassionate toward dragons and hate when they have to be killed, I still like this idea. :) I particularly like the way you did the wings with a unique spectral pattern and coloring.
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Oh, believe me, I love dragons, they're so big and cool! I just required them to be intolerably evil in this stories so I didn't feel bad about the clans killing them :)
And to balance it out, I have a nice species of dragon in this story as well :XD:
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BlackOlive-Prods Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very awesome.
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BlackOlive-Prods Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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MirajaneGosh Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Idea is very fresh, but i feel pity for this dragon T...T
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: But in this story they commit infanticide! (and there are other nicer species in the story, so don't worry; this isn't dragon racism ;) )
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MirajaneGosh Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist
I know.... I know it well, but still he is sooo cute Q.Q I would think other way if he would eat me or my family tho .-.
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: Indeed. I like bunnies, but if one of them went feral around my little sister...
:blamblam: 
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MirajaneGosh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Yup, if anything would like to hurt my family... :kiwf: KILL IT WITH FIREEEEE~!
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Idator Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you've done very well with this piece! :D The details are just awesome and really, really good, the shading is perfect, and the dragon is both amazing and epic! :D
And the curtain... it looks better than perfect! :D
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I had fun designing and coloring the dragon ~

Oh good :XD: I freaked out with curtain; I was worried it looked to stiff or weird :cries:
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Idator Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
Oh the curtain is one of the things I really admire about this piece :D Curtains are DIFFICULT to draw, even more to paint, and yours has everything needed, the shading is really good, and the hues make it realistic and give it life :)
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^///^
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
lol... cool concept, bad ass princess... but i think Dragons have gotten a bum wrap, its other people that sacrifice the young girls, the Dragon is just a Dragon   :)!
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Unfortunately I wasn't clear in the description because it started to run long, but I'm referring to the intelligent dragons in the older Lang fairy tales where they specifically requested maidens to be sacrificed to them. Jerks :XD:

Certainly poor, animal-level-intelligent dragons who are just hungry aren't to blame for the sacrifices! Just the society that tolerates it.
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
I stand corrected :)!
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wwwEAMONREILLYdotCOM Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool work.:D
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Oddeum Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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