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Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel)

"Dragonbreakers´ Dawn" by Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel)

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The inspiration for this painting came from Alexiuss' deviantART journal entry "Hell on earth (Visual installment 01)" from April 19, 2008. Check out this collection of photographs of the shipbreakers in Bangladesh! It is both shocking and fascinating how these people live and work and break up gigantic ship wrecks lying on the beach to bring every piece of metal back to some use. These shipbreakers are recycling workers in the hardest and most visual way I can imagine. The idea for this painting grew slowly after having seen Alexiuss' visual installment and after having learned about a recycling-themed contest of the painters' club in DA. However, since I am most happy when I can paint fairies, unicorns, songgryphons, or dragons, I twisted the theme of the shipbreakers a bit. ;-)


36cm x 22cm, acrylics on heavy structured acrylic painting cardboard, May 2008

12 Jun 2008:-) Nightislander
I like the people being shadowed, but the dragon, i dont know, i guess i would have liked to see that dragon better. Very prettyful, and i like the color of the water.

:-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel) replies: "Thank you! I admit you’re right, thare are some faults about lighting and shadow on that dragon. Well, you paint to learn ... ;-)"
12 Jun 2008:-) Jake Phoenix Beasley
What’s the background story behind it? Why is it dead? And why are they recycling it?!

:-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel) replies: "I think this scene will be incorporated into my fantasy novel-in-rewriting-progress. There are huge dragons living in that world. When they die, they usually dive into the ocean for their last "great hunt" and their corpses get washed to the beaches. The ocean’s streams carry them to certain places - the dragon graveyards. People know those places and exploit the dragons remains to get large bones, scales and teeth which they need to build their homes and tools and weapons, and if they happen to find a quite fresh corpse they collect the dried blood for it’s healing powers."
12 Jun 200845 Paul Cerar
This reminds me of a painting from the "Life Nature Library" volume, "Evolution". The scene was of prehistoric men using a brush-fire to drive elephants into a swamp, and then butchering them.

:-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel) replies: "The idea for this was definitely inspired by prehistoric hunters using the bones and the ivory of mammoths. However I don’t imaging those poeple having hunted and killed this dragon. It was a far to big and mighty specimen. I rather mixed the ideas of mammoth hunters and elephant graveyards ..."
12 Jun 2008:-) Natalia Nikitin
It reminds me of whaling by indigenous peoples of the north. Red blood, red sunset, red dragon breath... Very atmospheric, realistic and dreamy at once.

:-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel) replies: "Thank you very much!"
12 Jun 2008:-) Oliver Wallace
this is gorgeous, i love the story, the colour, the etherial quality

:-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel) replies: "Thank you very much!"
12 Jun 2008:-) Anne Wipf
So beautiful. It seems inspired by the whale hunt in the 19th century, isn’t it? Great work and congrats for a well deserved Mod’s Choice.
14 Jun 200845 Lolo
so so so nice
14 Jun 2008:-) Dragomir Cristian Madalin
its a very good drawing but the colors and concept of the entire drawing bring out a good tone of sadness and pain. Fear and torment along with sadness and pain tumbled up and forming hope and desire of survival, prosperity and future. 2 i think i got it right, right? 12
19 Jun 2008:-) Ian 'skully' Morgan
wow - great idea and well painted.
25 Jun 2008:-) Sarah Fragore Roper
i have one thing to say about this. BEACHED DRAGON!
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'Dragonbreakers' Dawn':
 • Created by: :-) Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel)
 • Copyright: ©Esther S. Brendel (Maiden name: Esther S. Wetzel). All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Acrylic, Beach, Black, Coast, Dawn, Dead, Dragon, Dragonbreaker, Graveyard, Human, Men, Ocean, Orange, Painting, People, Pink, Red, Sand, Sea, Shadow, Shallow, Shipbreaker, Sunrise, Tooth, Water, Wing, Workers, Working, Yellow
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Landscape, Nature, Panoramic, Man, Men, Photo-/model based compositions, or photorealism, Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Acrylics
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2008-06-12 10:00:03
 • Submitted: 2008-05-27 10:52:23
 • Views: 2155
 • Resolution: 597x1000

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