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MTG: Furyborn Hellkite by Cryptcrawler MTG: Furyborn Hellkite by Cryptcrawler
One of several cards that I had the pleasure of illustrating for the 2012 Magic the Gathering Core Set.

You can go here to learn all about it and see some of the amazing art in the image gallery: [link]

Had a ball with this one, its pretty much my first time drawing a dragon and really tried to put myself in the shoes of "what if I really saw a fucking dragon...for real" as I was drawing it out.

What the hell would go through your mind?

Would you be frozen in awe and terror of the magesty and doom of such a thing?
Would I run headlong into oblivion trying to defend others from it so they might have a chance to get away?

Would my adventuring party have a hawt elf chick in it?

... would.

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kaylon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I LOVE the dragon!!.. and of course you'd have a hawt elf chick..duh.

Not a fan of the 'snow' or whatever it is exploding with the dragon, it makes the eye scuffle about a bit.

Wonderful lighting though...

ANGRYMAN13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You do beautiful work. Are you available to do a book cover?
Evilpom Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer

I never even noticed the knight until just now.
Shan-Ahmed Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist


Trashspawn45 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I follow a lot of MTG artists on Deviantart

And it just astounds me.

They ask you to draw a dragon.

And you give them this... this horror of winged firey death. You guys go above and beyond (Of course, that's what you're supposed to do) but still, it's insane how you guys go about making these. Keep up the good work, Brad Rigney
Farelle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz I would think: that stupid thing will never fly! *casts a fireball*
skyler1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome picture
DoukenSota Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed and there is no coffee... just tasty humans...

and a hawt elf chick.
CalebFairchild Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Student General Artist
most badass dragon ever
Grimseff Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dat card.

Good stuff. I have it. Lucky me, huh? :3

I bow to your skill. Your first dragon, you say? It looks too awesome. You really know how to capture your imagination on paper!
ChristopherCant Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta say, my favourite bit is the flock of gulls! Really well painted
Ganigumo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
My favorite artwork for any dragon, Aboslutely love it!
RegalWyvren Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student General Artist
one of my favorite cards
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Willstone Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job!
Manweri Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is one awesome, mighty dragon, I say! It is truly magnificent, and I love how you captured the power of it as it breaks through stone. Excellent work! :)
Rinzeratual Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
one of my favorite cards
CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I have this card in my deck, I love it. O:
Kydoon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best mythics to pull as a foil. The colors just make it pop. Also, I've always been curious, when Wizards commissions artists for cards, are you given the specs of the card in question, and then asked to base the artwork on that information, do they get specific about what they want to see, or do they just give you an ambiguous generalization?
Mkune Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Ordered the card yesterday XD
bugfacegard Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
neat dragon, i don't draw alot of dragons either but now i might.
Evangelionfan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
BEAUTIFULL job on the art :)

I have this card for a Dragons deck and it kicks peoples asses....HARD....Tap one mana Deal lightning bolt, tap four geosurge tap the seven mana geosurge gives me and I have a 12/12 with flying on the field....5 mana...Scary shit. Havent lost a game with it :)
Kyouraku-taichou Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I never appreciate how awesome the art is on this card until I saw this, and frankly now every time I see the card I am able to pick out all the great details and truly appreciate it for what it is.

Personally I think everyone should do that; look at the blown up art for a card and thus notice all the little details (like the fact that Rakka Mar's eyes are glowing and quite angry looking). It gives a lot of new appreciation.

Now I have to ask if there is ANY way you can get a larger image of this available, because I would LOVE to have this as a wallpaper but my screen is quite large.
Onyx-Starchild Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I just looked... this is an awesome card. *eyesbleed*

pfft, I wonder how much it would cost to get my hands on one.
Evangelionfan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
Its about 10 bucks right now :) Its a BEAUTIFULL card in both bloodthirst decks and dragon decks
Ekoki Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, just love the picture and the card :3
If you draw right you can play it as a 12/12 in turn 2, thats what makes it so awesome ;)
tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :love:
iwoenai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I love that they let you keep doing mythics, it's always a pleasure to pull them! I'd love to see a planeswalker from you, the full art stuff is absolutely AWESOME! And I want to see as much of your art as possible when I'm playing a card. Awesome job as always!
lrsperanza Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I'm looking for a graphic designer for a payed work, are you available? Add me on msn and I will explain it to you:
Mrkirby2 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Aim for the legs... the legs!!! nooo *dies horribly*
Reaper-of-man Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
overdark999 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I donīt know about you, but if one of those came bursting from the ground I would run for the nearest teleport scroll and would jump to another planet!!!!

Very well done!!!
Inspiring and terrifying , just like a good old dragon!!!
MatoelGrande Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Artist
darth001 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011 damn dragon
AliciaMigueles Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Oh my God... It's AWESOME
cOMIFAB Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
D-eTo-X Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Hot elf chick is a staple. This guy is gonna flatten people!
GrafGunther Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
ec4370 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011

describes my reaction perfectly, great job!
vale4u Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
NGArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
amazing as always :)
beautiful light setup on the dragon and the mountains in the back :)
speetdragon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i wand the card
Variable-Edge Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   General Artist
I know what would go through my mind-- about 3 feet of upper teeth, followed by 3 feet of lower teeth!

Love how you did the environment here. Was all of this digitally painted?
Treyos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's not a question of what would go through your mind, but rather what would go through your pants. If there's a hot elf chick in the party and you can keep your pants clean, you're in for a really good night. ;)
JasperSandner Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
hahaha :)
Sam-Peterson Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Great job Brad. Very cool, and this seems to be slightly different scene than I've seen in the majority of you work which is always great to see. Thanks for sharing, it's always awesome to check out your new work.
Zair--Twilight Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
This card is freaking amazing! X3 it's effect isn't quite as good as it's look.

and in truth i would run away screaming
Harkaiden Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Hawt elf chick is indeed very essential :D
Very nice piece. I marvel at those details, man.
Pezito Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, an now you're doing DRAGONS too !? :D

Very good drawing once again, your sense of lighting and texture is amazing. The various "presences" that give a sense of scale in this scene are a good addition - in fact, I hadn't seen the horses at first. ^^ Plus I like the idea of that dragon sleeping in - or being born of - a mountain, shattering it as it goes out like a volcanic eruption ! :)

Now on the critical part, I think there's a little problem with the way the dragon's arms are attached to its body. Its left arm seems completely connected to the pectoral while the left wing is attached to the back ; but the right wing, on the contrary, seems directly connected to the pectoral while the right arm seems to be underneath... ? Dunno if I'm clear. Somehow the wings are placed along a certain diagonal (top-left -> down-right) while the arms seem to go the opposite way (down-left -> top-right), making the posture a bit awkward when you look at it.

Well, anyway, that's what I noticed as a specialist of dragons (as much as anyone can have an opinion about a mythical creature =P )... Otherwise, as I said, the artwork looks great !! :)
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