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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

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 (:


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 (:


: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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Given 2007-03-08
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 )
nutropix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
It's the announcement the end of human's age...!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
mailn6 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Those are pretty big wings.

Beautiful piece!
RaitoL Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
This is mind blowing, completely stunning work.
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:
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 ^^
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!!
RadiantGlyph Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much ^-^
PeridotHorntail Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Reminds of the Time Dragon from Wicked.

Which is...well, wicked.
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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