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Roll for Initiative... by JonHodgson Roll for Initiative... by JonHodgson
Wow - a piece of painting by me for me. A very rare occurence!

A bit of a fantasy standard - red dragon vs adventurers. Can't beat the classics, eh? ;)

This one was really painted to be printed rather large, so the characters can't really be seen in all their glory on screen, sadly.

Sketched in Photoshop very quickly, painted rather more slowly in Painter.
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How many times have I heard that exciting words!!... I miss it! Crying  Anyway, I'm not sure what is better: To get a 20 and (try to) hit first, or to get a 1 and see how hard the opponent strikes.
A pity that the characters cannot be seen full HD. Is fun how the armored one looks behind him: Not completely confident on him, or on his partners?
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"C'mon, fellows, follow me to glory or death!!... WAIT!! Well the hell are you goiiing???..."
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Love the dragon's design! Its reds contrast nicely against the grey muted background.
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Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! I'd end up rolling a twenty... then tripping instead of casting a spell...
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:iconpythoncreations:
PythonCreations Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Roll for Initiative... 1... "You guys go ahead... I'll join in in a bit..." *quivers in fear*

PS: This is pretty awesome!
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:iconjninelives:
JNinelives Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh sh*t.

I'd be scared if a DM told me to roll for initiative in this situation XD.
They are even salivating on the steps...
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome artwork!
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grand :clap:
Poor dragons, always gettin unwanted visitors
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:iconwhitehorse7577:
Whitehorse7577 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
love it man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsmocza-wladczyni:
Smocza-wladczyni Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Wow, great idea of work :) I like the details, and this beautiful dragon ^^
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:iconchiutina:
chiutina Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Cool~:)
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thanks!
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:iconsnow-valkyrie:
snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome! :iconfurryglompplz:
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browneyedmouse Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I see this the first thing that comes to mind is "I roll twenties..."
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Morphine-Cloud Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Featured : [link]
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconamisgaudi:
Amisgaudi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great!!!
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:iconrichardmartinezpino:
RichardMartinezPino Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
woahh....exelent!!!
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:iconastromaxiths:
Astromaxiths Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
how wonderful!!!
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:iconcpsketching:
CPsketching Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It looks wonderful! Definitely a favorite for me!
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:iconhennesey:
Hennesey Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
This image feels like true, pure fantasy. I like it.
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sekhmet-the-flame Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Hello!

I like very much what you do! I submitted that piece of art to my new group :iconart-collection: hoping you'll agree. :aww:
Of course, you are welcome to join that group, which aim's is to collect beautiful (and only beautiful) digi and tradi drawings.

Have a nice day!
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DreddaBrutallac Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Heh, as u said - classic :D Really good painted, no argue with that, but what i specially like here is the name of this piece, something i heard a lot :D
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Linuscat07 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
A wonderful sense of desolation and one nasty dragon. I remember scenes like this in D&D. About this time everyone's thinking, "It might have been a better idea to have crept up in the night."
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:iconmattmattart:
mattmattart Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
sweet
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:iconcapricornamy:
capricornamy Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
Excellent detail!
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:iconshiruie-chan:
Shiruie-chan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
nice:)
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dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The title made me jump in my seat. Roll For Initiative?!? This is gonna be so awesome. I was right! Amazing!
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DiegoBastet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm kinda some kind of old guy in terms of digital or traditional art. It's still hard to me to fully understand that such great art is digital.
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Montalve Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
really great image
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:iconfluffgirl1941:
fluffgirl1941 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally awesome..
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JohnnyOz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
I used to have a notebook from TSR that had a printed painting on its cover back in the early eighties ... (wish I still had it!) ... this piece immediately made me think of it - which means, THANKS! - GREAT JOB!!!
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really really like this! I just hope that me and the rest of my D&D party never has to be in this situation...
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PJFriel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
LOVE the title of this one! Beautifully drawn and painted. It amazes me that this was all digitally done. Your talent certainly dazzles. :)

I keep looking at this again and again because somehow you've pulled off a very dark moody feel without sacrificing one iota of light. It's really quite brilliant.
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Pokii-kun Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009   Digital Artist
This, my friend, is very sexy :D
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Eafiu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Haha, definetely a classic. :D The title gives it humour too so it gave me another perspective. I see a bit frustration in the warrior. "Damn you! I'm the one with the armour and the low dexterity but you high-ranged agile heroes always send me forward! Why do I have the initiative all the time! Do you carry those daggers and scythes just to show off! Swing them a little bit sometimes, godsdammit! And watch out you love-for-green-archer! Don't point that thing to me! I don't have a apple on my head! There is a huge red-like-apple dragon just right before me and you are still aiming at me!"

I'm sorry I can't stop laughing. :D I'm not making fun of the picture! (Just to make it clear.) Just my imagination. :D The picture is unbelievably beautiful. Definetely a fave. :)
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Eafiu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
God, I forgot to comment right didn't I? I don't really know why but I always look at the backgrounds I loved it! Especially the watchpost at the back. It's "clean" (that's the most close adjective compatible with my idea...) and smooth. The lighting is really beautiful. (Or it is to my eye.) I really liked the most-seen texture you used on the sky. The mood given by the colours is perfect for the place. I'd like to go there. I prefer with the dragon. :D But I wouldn't like the adventurers to get hurt either. Let them get along. :P You are the DM right? :D I'd have loved the dragon more with scales, his/hers chest looks like only muscle. Tough it's nice, it is really a disadvantage to the dragon. Dragons should have scales to defend the body against spells and weapons. Tough I loved the glow in the eye a lot! I loved the adventurers too. They look simple but it's shown there's much effort for them. Only thing I'm seeing as a flaw is the ranger's hair. It's movement is the opposite way as I see it. I don't think he is going *down* the stairs with an aim. I don't think he has that much dexterity. It not good for the range either.

...Wow, I'm not a good commenter but I got chatty a lot. I think that has given me another emotion for the piece. :D It opened me up. Thanks! :D
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the very generous comment! And no worries, I know you're just having fun with the ideas rather than making fun of the image! I think the same kinds of things myself! I think its half the fun of fantasy of this kind!

Thanks again and i'm glad you had fun looking!
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Eafiu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
No problem, I should thank you again for opening me out. :P I will definetely go through your gallery when I find the time. :)
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RotroT Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
GO dragon! kill those idiots :3
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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Cobra-ss Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
You certainly cant beat the classics, an excellent piece of work.
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:iconalltheoriginalnames:
alltheoriginalnames Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Excellent composition and scene, and great sense of scale. Love the title lol ;)
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:iconkaijae:
kaijae Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Student General Artist
You can't beat a classic :) It looks amazing, I love the dragons pose, and the background too :+fav:
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:iconrebelshade:
Rebelshade Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
this title caught my attention, great piece!
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:iconhalf-dragon:
half-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Yes roll and pray it isnt a one. :iconfailplz: Or ur screwed.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice D20! CRITICAL FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconhalf-dragon:
half-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Yes! XD So wat class do u play as?
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Sadly I don't get much gaming done these days, but I as and when I can I will usually play a nice simple fighter!
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:iconhalf-dragon:
half-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Ahhh im more of a monk person. But fighters r fun too. ;P
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