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Honest to God... by Altalamatox Honest to God... by Altalamatox
... I will break your heart, tear you to pieces and rip you apart...
-Night of the Hunter, 30 Seconds to Mars

During the Hellecken War, shapeshifting warlock Morgan Daubenmire was this monstrous and mysterious force that came out of nowhere, sided with no one, and was loathed by all. Countless were the times a footsore battalion dragged itself to a fort or bridge or cache to find structure, weapons, and food smouldering- and almost hidden in the smokey fire, a lazily grinning pair of eyes.

Murders, abductions, arson, pillaging, and general mayhem aside, there was one habit Daubenmire was perhaps hated for more than anything. After battles, when the fields were stinking with blood and drifting with haze, spotted with little fires and soldiers hunting for wounded amongst the bodies, sometimes the shapeshifter would appear. He would not be his cackling, prancing, mischievous self, witnesses would say. Always as a massive black dragon he would come, silent, deaf, moving like a wraith in the distance, and eat the corpses.

Except he wasn't, really, eating corpses. Just the fallen horses. Waste of good meat, you know. But that was the story that got around, and Morgan doesn't joke when he says all the darkest mythos around him was invented by other people faster than he could get around to it himself.

This painting doesn't actually have anything to do with that anecdote, but seeing dragon Morgan on such a bleak background reminded me of it. Probably this was how people imagined he wandered the fields, chuckling and licking his chops, instead of the silent hulk of misery he was when he made himself walk among the young men and women and remember why he was out there.

Four hour quickie. Trying to use less color.
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MuseTerra Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The picture is amazing and I love the story behind it!
BoomFunk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Don't know whats better the picture or the story that comes along with it. XD
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is ridiculously detailed, how did you do it?
Fangbite Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
scariest. dragon. ever... I mean, dragons tend to be toothy, scaly, and mysterious, but the ones that GRIN at you are scarier. Throw in the shapeshifting.... *shiver*. Yes, I was actually typing shiver to be dramatic, but the thought actually just made me shiver. And He/She/Zir isn't precisely a dragon either.

Ergo, my original statement- scariest dragon ever.
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
have you ever seen Ferngully? remember that black creature like antagonist who was strangely awesome while being sinister? it's like he just possesed a dragon...and became more awesome, love the way you draw their snazzy expressions XD
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Yep, his name's Hexxus! I have been plagued by people comparing Morgan to him even since I introduced Morgan's unshifted slime trail shape, which, uurgh, reminds everyone strongly of Hexxus' opening scene, but which is fair enough. I keep introducing new things to slimeball Morgan attempting to differentiate the two. This is not to say that Hexxus wasn't totally badass. I probably haven't seen the movie in ten years but I believe the climax had him as a colossal fiery skeleton robed in oil, which has stuck with me as being terribly awesome. And then he got pwned from the inside by a giant tree, and it was also righteous. I kind of want to watch it again now, but it's also one of those movies I'm not sure I'd be as impressed with now as I was a kid, and I hate to overwrite those kinds of impressions...

But good call! Morgan at his worst does have that same brand of oily oozing evil and sick self-satisfaction at a bad deed well done.
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
oops, I forgot how annoying it can be when people compare your original artwork to something else they've seen before. It happens to me alot too, sorry about that I just meant that expression of his, it reflects a certain badassery that Hexxus had XD

I fear you are right about rewatching it, I haven't the courage to watch all my childhood favorites after I attempted to rewatch "little nemo"
Sehvrin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Morgan has a really creepy smile :fear: On the upside you'll recognize it everywhere and know when it's time to run.

That said, this paintning looks awesom :D
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Okay--he makes one badass dragon.
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