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Nikki van de Pol

"Eternal Guardian" by Nikki van de Pol

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This picture was designed for a good friend as a tattoo for his back. He asked for a Wyverex dragon combined with a celtic cross and I was more or less free to fill in the details myself. It's also partly made in memory of his father, who died on the date the tombstone shows. Therefore of course it's a very personal piece, made for him alone, and no one else will be permitted to have this tattooed or used in any other way, but I'm sure you all understand that.

As for the picture itself, I tried to make it as detailed as possible and went for a kind of mixed possessive /protective look on the dragon. Even though the two pieces of celtic knotwork in here are quite small, they truly gave me hell, I get confused so easily while doing these things!!!! But probably that's just my lack of concentration skills :P or my being too lazy to consult tutorials :P Both inscriptions on the cross are Latin. The first reads in full 'sit tibi terra levis': May the earth be soft for you, which is a traditional Roman epitaph, the longer text I took from that friend's nickname on MSN since I felt it had to be something personal and I then translated it myself into Latin. It reads: Dum in stellas elabor, mihi nova datur facultas, mentis elevandae, obscurandique curas which translates into: Drifting away in the stars, another chance to clear my mind, forget about my sorrows. This text originally was done in pencil as well, just like the smaller one, but my scanner turned it into something pretty illegible so that's why I replaced it with a computer version. Also if the outlines of the figure look a bit weird, It's because I had to clean up the paper digitally since it looked terribly smudgy when scanned and I doubted the moderators would be very pleased with that, but since the resolution of the scan wasn't that high it creates a bit of a strange effect in some places.

It was made between June and August 2008. I hope you all like it!


21 Apr 2009:-) Johannes Ganneby
I love it!
Its a fantastic dragon you have created!
Amazing detail and the scale/skin must have taken its time^^!
This is one of the most beautiful dragons i have ever seen, your friend must be very pleased with it and proud to have it resting on his back, protecting his father!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks a lot for such a wonderful compliment! It’s really all I could wish to achieve. 2 And thanks for the tag as well, I really appreciate it! 1 "
24 Apr 2009:-) Rebekah Lynn Plowman
ooh, nice dragon! i love the detail, its beautiful!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks a lot! My friend said he wanted detail, so he got it 2 I’ve had to make a second version of this drawing though, because if he would only have it tattooed on one shoulderblade (as planned), detail would get lost, so now it’s become a full-back design, with the dragon itself on his spine and opened wings extending to the shoulder blades. Maybe I should post that one too so people can compare..."
4 May 2009:-) Olga van Tol
Wauw, I love this picture. It’s beautiful! You combinated the dragon and celtic thing perfect.

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks for your wonderful compliment, it’s really appreciated 2 "
4 Jun 200945 Anon.
Is the dragon a male or a female?

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "No idea really, didn’t really think about it while drawing 14"
27 Sep 2009:-) Anitta Hiekkanen
This picture is simply beautiful and the personal nature of it really shows. Maybe it’s dragons expression. A really good job.

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks a lot! 1 It’s always great to hear a picture conveys the mood you wanted. 2"
4 Nov 2009:-) Matthias Schmidt
Do you speak Latin?

Hah, the scales look like a bunch of work!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "It’s a bit much to say that I speak Latin. But I can translate it both ways (from Latin to Dutch or the other way around) I’m a little too slow at translating to actually chat in it.

As for the scales, actually the wings took me much longer. The scales were more a bit of mindless scribbling really 14"
5 Nov 2009:-) Matthias Schmidt
I learned Latin from the 5th to the 10th grade and have the certification to speak Latin, the "Latinum". Btw.: I started learning English in the 7th grade. ^^
7 Nov 200945 Anon.
ahh. its so awesome.!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks for such a wonderful compliment. It’s really appreciated."
7 Nov 2009:-) Michael andrew koutek
fantastic work!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thanks so much for the enthusiasm! 2"
17 Mar 2010:-) Linn Vennerholm
wow, just wow...mghn...*I can’t talk right now...*
*gaaasp* wholbrdl...hmlghufd... wroldrw...*I give up...*
*I would leave, but I can’t take my eyes of it*
I love the long scales on it’s tummy, the muscle/tendon on the thickest bones in the wings, the cross the scales the little strokes on the wingsthe claws thehornstheholesintheleather *gasp* the way it feels 3D!!!

:-) Nikki van de Pol replies: "Thank you very much. 1 I’m glad you like it.

In case you’re interested, I made a full-back version with opened wings too (still on request of the same guy) that you can see here: http://nikki-vdp.deviantart.com/art/Eternal-Guardian-14355731- - 6 This way the wings go over the shoulder blades and the dragon itself is on the person’s spine. "
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'Eternal Guardian':
 • Created by: :-) Nikki van de Pol
 • Copyright: ©Nikki van de Pol. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Celtic, Claws, Cross, Dead, Death, Detail, Dragon, Epitaph, Folded, Graphite, Grave, Guardian, Ivy, Knotwork, Latin, Loss, Pen, Pencil, Protection, Tattoo, Tomb, Tombstone, Torn, Wings, Wyverex, Wyvern
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Tattoo
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen
 • Submitted: 2008-11-11 14:27:05
 • Views: 7272
 • Resolution: 646x844

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