Dragon Queen Mating Scene

Dragon Queen Mating Scene

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Dragon Queen Mating Scene

Title: Dragon Queen Mating Scene
Pixel Artist: Gecimen  (Level 11 Sphinx :: 48457 points)
Posted: 10/1/2012 04:14
Palette: 50 colors
Statistics:  37 comments    74 faves    0 avatars

Heh, can't believe I'm finished with this (well at least come to a point that I can post). Started just to experience with a large piece on one of my creature sketches (1st frame of the WIP animation). It has been a little over a year since my first WIP is saved and roughly 85 hours in total. I know it could have been done with less details, less dithering, less colors or size but well, I tried a lot of things and came up with what I could do best. The good side is I've learnt a lot (including my limits) throughout the process.

Thanks to all the pixel masters for inspiring me, especially Jalonso for all his spot on advices. Hope I can inspire someone some day :)


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Edit: Updated it with raising the overall contrast, antialiasing the shadow on the moon even further, correcting a few texture mistakes here and there (foot, leg, wing, teeth).

Note: I'm planning that this will be the first of a series of fantastic creatures. I'm planning a gryphon, a mechanical dragon and a minotaur after this but all with my personal tweaks.

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Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 4/13/2022 13:10

awesome work!

Romson (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 1/6/2014 14:07


SturmgewehrKreuz (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 11/17/2012 05:56

 holy shit!this is awesome!


Hetzer (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/17/2012 04:01


kaze19th (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 11/8/2012 12:54

Wow, it's amazing, I love the colors, the textures and the atmosphere!

skallian (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 10/25/2012 13:27

Spectacular! and thanks for the wip : )

vmarach21 (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 10/24/2012 07:46

 Very intense, I like your color and design choices.

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 10/11/2012 06:02

wow man, really epic! fav


El_Tortuga (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 10/7/2012 10:51

 Really nice job, can't wait for the rest!

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/6/2012 11:51

While I agree that stance looks more impressive, it also looks somewhat like comic drawings which is inconsistent with the style of this piece. Still I'm going to practice with it when I go to work. Thanks for the criticism.

Joe/Wrath Designs (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 10/6/2012 04:29

Great exercise for sure doing those tiles on the curved surfaces/volumes and a fantastic big screen as well.

mixlplix (Level 1 Thug) @ 10/4/2012 22:54


I hope this link works (I hate photo Bucket).  Anyway, if so,  that right leg should look more like this..

Edit: Also, I'd get rid of those whiskers or make them more prominent.


Muziak (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 10/4/2012 14:32

this is just epic.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 10/4/2012 09:46

Oh, its even better with more contrast.

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/3/2012 07:06

I used a sketchpad in the initial phases so I'd guess around 25% of them are mouse-clicks which is just a little over 100k :) well most of the dragon, clouds and details of the mountain.

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 10/2/2012 15:42

Amazing stuff man! Loved the details. It has a Lovecraftian feeling to it. Great eerie/gothic mood.

Slemsvamp (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 10/2/2012 13:07

This contains around half a million pixels. I wonder how many of them are put there by mouse clicks. Nuts really.

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 10/2/2012 10:49

cure's edit is really good.  I'd up the contrast even more

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/2/2012 06:50

I updated the piece, mainly the contrast.

elilaos173 (Level 4 Murderer) @ 10/1/2012 23:05

Amazing !

|||| (Level 9 Orchid) @ 10/1/2012 20:41

The higher contrast looks great (better).

I have to fave this because IT FUCKING KICKS ASS! must've been a load of work.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 10/1/2012 18:47

Excellent pixelling, but I think the pallete could pack a lot more punch with higher contrast

(quick edit).

Nevercreature (Level 9 Whale Shark) @ 10/1/2012 13:56

Oh my gooood!! Awesome!! you have remind me a piece I'm working in. The lizard/snake skin is a trouble... but you have solved it properly!

Dont (Level 6 Garbage) @ 10/1/2012 13:21

 hot damn

Lacaio123 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/1/2012 13:17


mixlplix (Level 1 Thug) @ 10/1/2012 12:17

I knew right away that the silhouette in the moon was the potential mate (based on the title). I love the textures for the most part but that of the wings doesn't seem to match the rest. Also, I would really like to see the ankle of the right leg. At the moment it looks like a stump with toes.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 10/1/2012 11:40

Great style. awesome piece. -- Edit: after closer review, it seems like there is still a little more work that could be done on the left wing of the dragon to match his right one. The dithering seems to not match. Very good overall, you're best submission yet.

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/1/2012 10:36

Haha nice one Ultimaodin. I tried to make her as original as I can without losing the dragon theme. Thank you and your criticism is noted.

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 10/1/2012 09:56

Very very impressive. Aside from the AA on the shadow I would also recommend putting some more bend into the shadows wings so that they are a bit more readable.

On a side note, the anatomy of this drago creeps the heck out of me. I've seen lots of different dragon interpretations but this one legitimately feels like a creature you would want to avoid.

RileyFiery (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 10/1/2012 09:20

Very nice, it's an awesome piece.

CobaltHex (Level 3 Chupacabra) @ 10/1/2012 08:53


Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/1/2012 08:32

Thanks guys. The shadow on the moon is a male dragon. I'll make an edit in a few days according to the criticism I get.

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 10/1/2012 08:25

 finally finished it! heheee gjjj!

Long (Level 2 CGA) @ 10/1/2012 07:58

 Quite an accomplishment, congratz

A few tiny things I noticed, I find there isn't enough aa on the shadow there are colors to smooth things out a tad more, quick edit on the right wing of the shadow, not quite there yet,  I think the outline of the moon would work better if kept gradual,imo.

eclep (Level 5 Detective) @ 10/1/2012 07:36

Very impresive! I don't really understand what is the shadow on the moon though

EDIT : nevermind, got it :p

A2J2TIWARI (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 10/1/2012 06:06

We've got a weekly and monthly showcase piece!

cirpons (Level 5 Soldier) @ 10/1/2012 05:54

Oh my.. Inta-fave!

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