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+Vexus on the Clocktower+ by RadiantGlyph +Vexus on the Clocktower+ by RadiantGlyph
Rioan grabbed Andel’s hand and turned towards the waterfront, running fast as she could. Mardhul had vanished. Smoke rose in black billows from wooden buildings as they sprinted down the street.
A wall of searing fire blazed across their path as the wyvern passed overhead. Behind them the burnt-out shell of a building gave up its strength. It crumbled across the road and into a structure across from it, showering the street with brick and cinders. Rioan stared, looking frantically for an opening; a hole in the walls of flame; some chance to escape.
The only solace was the stone hall and tower that housed the town clock. The hour struck seven and the brass bells began to ring their heavy song, echoing perversely out over the now quiet road.
Rioan bounced nervously on her heels, looking at the hall. She jerked Andel’s arm.
“Come on, the hall will have a back door!”
“Not… Not a good idea.”
Andel shifted back an inch, staring up past the rising smoke, past the eaves of the hall and the clock face on the tower above it. The bells reflected firelight from the belfry as they chimed the final chords of the hour. Rioan looked up to see what had him so transfixed, and gripped his arm tighter.
Perched high upon the bell-tower’s steeple, bathed in a malevolent crimson glow, sat the wyvern.

Kelkolan Chapter 3 ~ Ushikanu
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Added my new watermark, fixed some of the colour.

Also I just noticed there was a print request on this. I might consider making up some prints of it if people are at all interested. I'll look into it (:

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Edit Just clarifying about Vexus' head, his upper jaw is thin due to his design. Vexus' head shape was modelled after that of a pit viper, and flipped so the thinner mandible was at the top. It does appear a little thinner than it's supposed to be, partially because his eyes were just a little bit too big D: (I went back and fixed it).
The ushikanu don't have a lot of pressure or strength in their jaws at all, which reflects in how thin their upper jaw is. They rely on their size, flight speed, and the weight of their head (by using their head as a wrecking ball of sorts) in itself to bring down prey.
Here's a detail shot of the head (: [link]

Thanks for the feedback, sorry if I confused anyone (:

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:3 Vexus says hello.


Scene from Chapter 3 of Kelkolan that I've wanted to illustrate for a long time.

Original file size was..... 5000px wide, this is about half of that. Lots of fun, despite having to stare at it for most of the past two days, I liked working with this, and for a change, I really like how it came out.

Official time of completion, 3:30 am ^^ Common trend - when I work on an arts, I rarely sleep XD

As for the clocktower, two things. Firstly, yes the numbers are written in Ildarie script. Secondly, yes, there are fifteen numbers on the clock, so no it's not an error and yes, I know that generally clocks tend to count to 12 XD. However Feian daily rotation is 30 hours, not 24, so they have 15 hours on their clock (:


Vexus + Art © A.J.Kelly (hey, that's me!)
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Wowzers, +Vexus on the Clocktower+ by ~Sinn-ryu is big in coolness. Love how the wings fill the image and are highlighted by the fire, and the clock is radical, just don't ask me the time. Kudos for getting such a large file compressed while maintaining such a high degree of clarity, the presentation lacks nothing in quality. ( Suggested by evilinnocence and Featured by Aeires )
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nutropix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
It's the announcement the end of human's age...!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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mailn6 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Those are pretty big wings.

Beautiful piece!
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RaitoL Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
This is mind blowing, completely stunning work.
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SkyWyvern Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Awesome painting, you've done the blaze perfectly ( still can't paint or draw flames coorectly for myself):+fav:
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Dostor Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohohoh, this is great art! I love big pictures, they make you go back and forth to find all aspects and details :D then the design is simply gorgeous, the dragon sitting on a classic clocktower, ready to spew fire and destruction ^^
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INKNEKO Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
*Jaw drop*
Very well done I love how you made the mouth glow like he was about to let loose with another blast of fire!!
*Glomps*
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much ^-^
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PeridotHorntail Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Reminds of the Time Dragon from Wicked.

Which is...well, wicked.
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Kratt00 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
what is "The Wight Tamer's Flute"? is some sort of story? a book? a legend? i want to know please tell me if is a novel i want to read ir
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lost-angle Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Random Journal Feature: [link]

...because I can.
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Chicunsu Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This has to be a picture worth the title of "Legendary DeviantArt".....
It is so detailed, well colored with shadows and everything that you might just think it was real
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Khezix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
The detail, and the lighting, and everything. O: *stares*
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AcaciaTree Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
It looks like he's smiling for the camera. :D
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fynewyne Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Amazing...
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Tinpot Featured By Owner May 10, 2008   Writer
amazinnnng. :)
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Megeso Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
I think I'd die of a heart attack before this guy could get me XD Beautiful work!!
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Deinia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
Wow! This is pretty awesome. great job!
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :dance:
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Skythe-Soulblade Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it just me or Vexus is a popular villian name?
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Whoa! Awesome!
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DraginFyr Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Awesomeness! :D The story fits really well with the drawing! I enjoyed reading it AND looking at the dragon! :nod:
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks heaps :D I'm glad you like it!
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hyamei Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
This dragon looks so majestic. Very awesome job!!


Actually it really scared me O_O
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ye so much m'dear :3 :hug:
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Lintufriikki Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
holy......!!!!!! :jawdrop: :faint:
i must add this to my journal's featured art...!!! it's just so amazing...:faint:
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
^__^ Thanks so much! I'm happy you like it!
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dragon-lover27 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
My gosh that is beautiful! Very well done, definitely being favorited
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D :heart:
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NuX Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
Wow so biiiiiig and purrrrrty TwT
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Big is fun :D I should do another big work soon *dansedanse*

Thanks Nux!
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NuX Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
>33333 <3
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madmen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, congrats, hon! ^_^ I'm so happy for you! *pimps out the good news* :'D
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much, Mix ^^ *dance*
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madmen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:'D Ah! you're back! Its so nice to hear from you, hon. <3,000
Are you well?
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kojika Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
oh...wow! this is awesome!

congrats on the featured btw~! X3
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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espers Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
I said this on your Livejournal briefly because I didn't have a whole lot of time, but congratulations again, in more detail! And speaking of detail, it's nice on here, and the textures in his wings are gorgeous.

And what's even better is this is more popular than +Liminality+ now. :) Proof that you've surpassed yourself yet again. Hehehe.
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:dance::dance: Thanks m'dear :3 I love doing work like this, even if it is time consuming - I should do another one soon!

Hahahahahah! YES! :faint:
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VisionsOfNight Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
But the Feian hour still has 60 minutes, so each denoted hour on the clock has 4 minutes in it instead of 5. Each minute still takes up 6 degrees of arc, so the minutes read in exactly the same place as regular clocks.

Congratulations on the DD, it is so deserved. ^^
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL don't be confusing me again XD

I'll work on the mechanics of clocks in some excruciating detail someday and fix the kinks, even if it means having to fiddle with the breakdown of hours into minutes. Seconds is harder, because they're measured by atomic rotation, but minutes in the hour has some leeway XD
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VisionsOfNight Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
But you don't have to fiddle with the minutes, they already fit! If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But seconds are defined in our modern standards of measurements as being so many millions of vibrations of a cesium atom, and I'm pretty sure atoms are the same in Feia as they are here... just depends on exactly how seconds are defined at what point in history you're talking about. Because you can't really define it in vibrations of an atom if you can't measure the vibrations to begin with.

... see, this is why you need to chat with me. Much easier and quicker than comments. :P
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logon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
thats awsome :faint:
that must have taken ages :wow:
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Yah, it did, but it was worth it in the end!
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meepweehee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
omg. this is like....wow.
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Stupendous-Man Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
That is a great picture, with fanatastic detail. I also love the story to go with it. Keep up the great work!
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :dance:
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tangwystl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Neat - I like the nearly translucent wings. Reminds me somewhat of the cover for Melanie Rawn's "Sunrunner's Fire."
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RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ^^

What's that book about? Is it fantasy? *always interested in reading new books*
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Walis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
That is so freaking terrifying. I'd hate to run into one of those.
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