Illustration for Dragon magazine
©Wizards of the Coast.
Acrylic, Approx 22" x 22"
Original artwork for sale.
The waterhole was less idyllic than it first appeared!
I had great fun creating this image of two Thri-Kreen stopping by an oasis to refill their canteens, when they are pounced upon by a Water Drake.
The curving sinuousness of the Drake made for a great framing device, with it's head and tail both pointing to the victim. I reinforced this as the focal point by using other lines of force (primarily in the background) and through the lighting effect.
A full walkthrough of my process - including over a dozen images - can be found on my blog.[link]