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Celtic Dragon by RedIrishDragon Celtic Dragon by RedIrishDragon
So I finally decided to create a long-term "logo"/watermark for my art, one that won't be too obtrusive but also unique, while also deciding to finally create one that references the Celtic part of my persona name. 
I'm super psyched how this came out; I did a little work researching ideas, pulling from knots to traditional Celtic dragons, and seeing what others have done to personalize Celtic dragons. I hadn't planned on posting this on its own originally, but given how well it came out, I couldn't help but share it :icondragonlaughplz:

Procreate drawing, modified and vectorized in Illustrator CS3
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Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017   Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :) 
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :D

And thanks for the fav!
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Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :aww: It was my pleasure! 
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondragonhug:
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Kelathi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lush!!
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Neat :D
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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GabiWieczorek Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
niceFish 
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous work - love the stylisation, the flow of the design, and the intricacy (like that little triquetra hidden amongst the scales at the edges of each loop), and the way the fire alone is red for contrast really adds to the piece - as an admirer of Celtic art, I just love this! :love: :heart: :clap:
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you for the fav and your very thoughtful comment! :icondragonhug: 

As a family member of mine commented, it's not my "usual style" but I really enjoyed making this. I'm also glad to hear this from someone who is used to seeing Celtic art :D

(and haha, I was wondering if anyone would spot the triquetras in the loops... I'm happy you did :dance:)
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome indeed! ^^ :D

Ah, it is fun *if rather challenging* to attempt Celtic/Celtic-inspired art, but this came out so well, you should certainly be proud of it! ^^ :D
And ha, it is a style of art I find really special, enchanting and powerful, and I think you did it great justice. I fairly recently made myself an ID which is roughly Celtic-inspired (but with my own spin on things too and a hint of "Tribal" style as well) as well, though I'm sure you'll have spotted it when donating the llama. ^^

And hehehe, indeed I did. ;) A nice little detail indeed! I love small touches like that. <3
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It is very challenging! I've always loved Celtic knots and the like, but I came this close to buying a book on how to make them because it has taken me forever to work it out, haha. Well thank you :icondragonshy2:

Your ID is really cool! I like that the wolf is contracted with black to the inner grey markings, gives a really cool illusion of depth. I think there's a lot to link Celtic to tribal styles, given the interwoven pieces. 

:icondragonlaugh: I love them too, I just don't always notice them haha
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, it's a different way of thinking when making art compared to my usual style, definitely - but it was fun in the end! ^^ Ha, I didn't go for a book either, though hmm, it might be interesting to get a book on them at some point so I could try different things - but it would need to be a good book to justify buying it, and also would need to be not TOO expensive. :XD:
But you're very welcome! ^^

Aww, thankyou - and thanks for the fave! :highfive: However, he is most definitely NOT a wolf... but rather the ID is a stylised version of Vroenfael, my Krovendrakk alter-ego. Krovens are my original species of partly-alien predatory vertebrates, and are not even mammals (despite the fur) let alone wolves.
I have a gallery folder on them if you want to know/see more. ^^
But yes, the ID is a stylised depiction of this guy in particular:  Vroenfael armour redesign - concept sketch by Vannjaren
Perhaps you can see it more clearly now, after seeing this sketchy-ref?

I can understand to a degree that in a stylised Celtic look, the appearances of many animals are distorted for the style, hence why it's harder to see for sure what species something is meant to be in Celtic style. Celtic animals are often stretched and elongated, so I can see a bit why you didn't notice this feature (but in the design, the length actually isn't exaggerated but more true-to-species).
But on closer inspection, for example, there are five claws on each hind paw, tufts on the joints, prominent scapulae (a very non-canid feature), a long, narrow and flexible tail, spikes on the back and tail, backwards-pointing horizontal narrow ears (vs. shorter, upright, forward-pointing broader ears like on wolves) a long and rectangular head and double sabre teeth - features which aren't stylised and are clearly not wolflike. But I can understand if these details are small and don't jump out unless you're already aware of them, so after seeing this perhaps it's clearer now?

Anyway, I can understand a bit the misconception here - you weren't aware of what Krovens look like, and Celtic versions of animals often look very strange compared to their realistic counterparts. :XD:

Thanks though - I decided to make part of the background design faded, to draw more attention to the border and to Vroen, plus I thought that if it was all solid black, it might look a bit heavy and cluttered, or hard to pick out the shapes of the design - so thankyou!
And yes, seems to be two styles that merge nicely together! ^^ :D

Haha, well, I know that feeling too - but I really loved the little touches you included on your design, it really did come out wonderfully and is one of the coolest Celtic-themed designs I've seen in really quite some time! :highfive:
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RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! Okay, haha... didn't realize it was supposed to be a different species. 

Thank you for the compliment! :icondragonshy2:
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it's ok - but hopefully clear enough to see? As I said though, I can understand why the style used may have made this less obvious. ^^
But yeah, Krovens have zero % wolf in them, only similarities between them really are that they have fur, four legs and a tail. And even the fur, legs and tail are not like those of wolves. :XD:
(I love wolves, but Krovens definitely aren't their relatives :'D)

And ah, you're very welcome! :D Would love to see if you make any more Celtic-themed works! :dance:
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