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Black Dragon - D4e by hypergojira Black Dragon - D4e by hypergojira
Here is my take on the D&D, D4e black dragon. To be honest I didn't intend to get so detail with these sketches, but I just wasn't able to figure out how to stop!?

This is more of mixtue of the D1 and D4 designs than most of what I will be posting. The D1 black was my favorite back in the day and I had to bring back some of the missing features, isuch as: the plate scales on the neck and tail (the tail is hinted at in some D4 pictures) and to a lesser extent on the arms and legs. I also changed the nose to be more like the D1 design with the banded scales across the bridge.

I also broading the tail to give it a keel like look ( I hope it appears that way at least) - that was my own tweak. As blacks spend a lot of time in the water I thought a better swimming tail as a good feature to have.
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meg3439 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Photographer
Hi I was browsing on deviantart for characters for my story and I saw your picture and I thought it was just super cool and im talking class A+ so I put it in my story as the main character named Xantar sorry I couldn't let you know sooner than this but I've just joined deviantart but if you want to know more just ask your picture is my favourite of all the dragons see ya.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Thank you for the praise, but I think the longer you hang out here on DA you will realize my work is far from A+. Thank you again, and welcome to DA!
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meg3439 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011   Photographer
I know I will realize but I was just speachless when I saw it A+ was the closest I could come to it but I was woundering if you could be one of my watchers and give me ideas for my story if you ecseped click on meg3439 and go on my favourites but my gallery for them has gone and im trying to get it back give me a hand to get it back please.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I'm confused, how can I help you get your gallery back? What will you be posting? I typically only watch artist who do a lot of kaiju and dragon realted material.
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meg3439 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011   Photographer
Like tell me how to get a new one. But as you know im writing a story which I will be doing soon but first im getting the charaters together I've only got three more to do then i'll be writing it but i'll need help to get the pictures in my gallery could you help. As your dragon is in my story I'll place you in the credits I'll send you another message on your site that tells you about the story.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
You are free to use any of my stuff if you give credit, but I've barelt poseted anything in a year. I just don't have the time to do artwork currently. I work full time, coach soccer year round, and run a D&D campaign for my sons and there friends. So I just don't have much extra time. I am sorry, but I can't commit to anything at the momment.
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meg3439 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011   Photographer
Thank you for this I will not forget it. Since your dragon is the main character in my story you will be the first one I tell when im finished and I have sequels in mind. I think you need break you work hard enough for it you should go on a croose to the caribean.

I can not spell
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hypergojira Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
no problem. I am heading to Chicago for a week in July, but no cruise for me.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Offhand, I'm struck by the sheer inconvenience those ram-horns would pose for this species in close combat against foes of similar size. Their placement seems likely to impair a Black's efforts to chomp necks/limbs, although (a) perhaps they could hook/gouge targets buffalo-style and (b) I'm aware melee attacks by no means form the core of a D&D-verse dragon's repertoire.

Otherwise, the skull is delightfully rugged (love those sunken eyes); those crocodilian scales armoring the neck/spine/abdomen/tail look the part; that keratinous tail-tip is interesting; and I'm impressed by that muscular, humpbacked torso.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
I basically agree about the horns. I like the look of the new horn design, but they do seem rather unpractical. Thank you for your thoughts.
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BlackDragonrex Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Nice !
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
thanks!
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
very nice detail.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
thank you again for the comment and for the fave
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BehemothMaker Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Welcome for both.
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Alex-KZG Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
I really like how you did the plate on his chest , they all seem to fit together perfectly . I'm currently trying to do something a bit similar for a "reptilicus" drawing and that's not that easy to give volume to the beast .
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
It is hard and time consuming. However, i am getting a lot of practice with this series and I am really starting to get the hang of it. It really helps to start with some very light guide lines that can be erased or drawn over with the actual scales after you get everything lined up correctly.
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Scatha-the-Worm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Very nice! :D I like that his head isn't so skull-like, but still looks imposing. The long, flat tail does make sense for a swimming creature, so that's a good detail.

Speaking of detail, wow. The details on this guy are just fantastic, even if you didn't mean to make them. I love the claws in particular-the sort of "spike" like protrusion on the tops of them makes them really look sharp and deadly.

I was wondering if you would use the smooth, straight forward horns or the newer, sweaping ones. Either would look great, but I favor the sweap.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Thanks, I don't like the skull like look of the current design either

I thought that claw detail was fun too, I'm glad you noticed.

I'm using the newer sweeping ones, like in this drawing.
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Zillachary Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
My favorite D&D chromatic dragon.Great take on 'em.:D
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
thanks, it was one of mine as well
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GREGOLE Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Not a bad take on the critter. The forward-facing horns and dorsal sail are the main traits for that species, and both are present - though I think the sail could be longer and lower. Right now it looks too regal, and similar to the green dragon's.
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hypergojira Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Thanks, I still prefer the smooth upward pointing horns of the original.

I'm not sure what you mean by longer, but I know I remembered the sail going the full length of the beast and that was how I drew it at first. Then I download the original Monster Manual and what do you know - the sail was only on the neck! I went back and changed my drawing. I must have always drawn it with a full sail as a kid because it sure as hell is ingrained in my memory that way!
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