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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

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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
The picture is amazing and I love the story behind it!
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BoomFunk Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Don't know whats better the picture or the story that comes along with it. XD
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is ridiculously detailed, how did you do it?
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Fangbite Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Wow...
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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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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
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Okay--he makes one badass dragon.
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Susiron Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How this is stunning. I love the detail in the face, and the lighting in his mouth is amazing; the eye too AHHEHgrjeh < 3
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half-rose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Goodness, that looks magic
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You definitetly have a thing with light ! You're the master of liiiights ! :D I really love this one ! The details on the scales are amazing. And the light...always breathtaking !
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013   General Artist
So amazing.... and I still want to hug him, cadaver nomming dragon or not... why are you so epic Morgan?!
I LOVE this color scheme, that its muted makes me think of an ash storm, eerie, speaking of that wraith like feel he could cause. SO amazing, your work and focus on detail is incredible like something out of a dream.
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myoneandonly Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
An almost terrifying amount of detail. I absolutely love this. You really need to make me stop wanting to hug him, especially when he's so particularly pointy.
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Every time I think I am getting the hang of something, you show up with your unnatural talent and grace :P I really like how your paintings are gaining more and more texture, it's really unique! (:
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Damn, is that ever beautiful.
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PrinzeBurnzo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought I recognized the lyrics... :p.

A fantastic piece of Art indeed!! ^^
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Apollyna Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the art, love the story. Good work, man. :'D
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
UHHH What an adorable dragon! I adore your style.
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0NAW Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As soon as I saw the title, I knew the exact song; it fits quite well! Morgan looks great, his expression is amazing!
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Well, you know what they say-- a lie will run around the world twice before the truth gets it's boots on. Morgan's just... misunderstood. Kinda.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Very true! That Morgan himself started half the rumours makes me not have an undue amount of pity for him, though. I suppose it does indeed make him a bad person for lying about being a bad person, particularly because he does fall for his own ruse and starts acting like one. It's a pretty bad PR noose he's tied for himself, when he wants to reenter society later on. Who exactly Morgan "is" is a pretty damn confusing question, even- if not especially- for him.

I'm just reminded of the Oscar Wilde quote: "I live in fear of not being misunderstood."
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
What a cool color combination! I'm really diggin' the scale detail too.
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You've outdone yourself!!
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Heercums-N-Oxymoron Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Can I scratch his chin? Can I?! :pat:
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Heck yes! :D But I warn you- he's known to flop over on his back and purr.
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Heercums-N-Oxymoron Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Aaaww!! Who's a cute widdle diddums? Isn't he, isn'theawiddlecutieawwwho'sacutewiddlemunchineater!!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Morgan: *pedals paws in the air* I aaaaaam!~
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Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Morgan has to be my favorite of your characters. His face here is awesome, and I sincerely doubt I will ever be able to draw scales that well. Have some serious respect for your skills. :D
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AngeliqueAlene Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
I will always love your ability to draw dragons.
I will also always love your stories about Morgan. I think he might be my favorite of your characters.
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b9paradox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
It's very hard to get expressions on reptilian faces without them looking goofy, but you have succeeded in doing so. Very nice!
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
That's one hell of a reptilian Troll-Face he's got going there :XD:
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aj-wisteria Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sh - *dies*

Okay, seizuring aside, that's freaking amazing. I love the style and the way you painted it, and I'm seriously still trying to get over the fact that IT WAS DONE IN FOUR HOURS.

Your stuff never ceases to amaze me. Well done! *faved*
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ExcessiveExpression Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
AMAZING. WHOA. This is really out of your usual, man. So much texture, and it's kind of sepia-toned which... I never see you do. And just. Yes.

Also, I'm thrilled that the character is still immediately recognizable in spite of being a heavily scaled dragon monster. I saw it and instantly knew that it was Morgan.
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love that song and that band <3 And this pic :3
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mcSini Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Niiice.. I love the head detail, and the description is awesome!
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DAZUMA Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sexy dragon!
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Falifer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The expression is perfect, I can't stop staring at the eye!
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Ancyd-Watercolour Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the dragon's face is so epic!! I love his small eye XD
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
I see what you did there with his tongue. (Corrupted self much?)

Seriously, this is gorgeous. Holy cow.
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Eirenare Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Cool dragon! *O*
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fijke Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BEST 30STM DRAWING EVER!!!!
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rotekobold Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Truly a frightening presence! Probably the last thing you'd want to be looking at...
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Allana-san Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The way he's looking at me makes me keep staring until he moves. :D
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Lordfell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Congrats on making it to the front page! This is amazing!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Oh god, I saw that. :ohnoes: Kind of heart-stopping. XD Thank you very much!
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Diamondsnake Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that song :meow: and this is just amazing.
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