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Takhorr by Dragoness17 Takhorr by Dragoness17
Just FYI, the rocks in this picture are the first large-scale highly detailed ones I've drawn :3

Name Pronunciation

TAH-k(h)or

Height (from ground to shoulder)

1.4m (140.00cm)

The final design of Takhorr. He is the secondary antagonist of Scarred.

More about Takhorr's species, the Nhyrhys, can be found here: [link]

Takhorr's History

Takhorr hatched into a small family of three Nhyrhys, consisting of him, his mother and his father. They lived in an equally small cave near the border of the Khasry Range, chosen specifically for its safe and discreet location.
Unfortunately for all three dragons, this cave was in the path of one of the worst battles to grace the Northern Hemisphere. Mere months after Takhorr hatched, Lankharra was banished to the Khasry Range after a fit of rage caused him to murder his younger brother and threaten his parents. Although most Khasrian inhabitants were wary about the newcomer, Lankharra soon disappeared into oblivion and was not heard of again.
The following year, however, soon showed that Lankharra had actually been very busy. In remarkably little time, the dragon had gathered an army of other outcasts, making up to almost a hundred strong, a large number to the inhabitants. Worse, Lankharra treated each and every one like family, thus enhancing bonds and overall strength.
No-one was absolutely certain why Lankharra staged his attack on the Thurin Rainforest, but what they did know was that no-one was prepared for it and that he nearly won the fight. Takhorr and his family were caught up in the battle and even their cave was not enough to protect them. Forced to flee, Takhorr was quickly separated from his parents and captured by Lankharra's army.
After Lankharra's defeat and withdrawal back to his base deep within the Khasry Range, the army's captures were examined and dealt with as Lankharra saw fit. Most were killed and less than a third were recruited. Takhorr, however, was spared after Lankharra recognized the potential the young dragonling held. He took Takhorr under his wing, caring for and bringing the dragon up as if he was his own. Takhorr soon forgot about his parents and grew up to see the world from Lankharra's point of view.
Twenty years down the line and Takhorr fails to remember his parents clearly and doesn't care whether they're alive or dead, now viewing Lankharra as a foster father and the dragon who saved his life after his parents 'abandoned' him. He is rivals with Lankharra's main assassin Chassiro, mostly due to the fact Chassiro does not want to work in Lankharra's favour, while Takhorr thinks the exact opposite. Takhorr ranks as Lankharra's Second-in-Command and also takes the night-watch duty every so often.

The Birth of a Character
Two years ago in '10 was when I really started seriously working on a story. After about three months of on-and-off planning I settled on a basic storyline of a war. I have always been partial to wars, and that idea was carried over to my current confirmed storyline. Inspired partially by a dream I had, the main antagonist was a black Chinese long. I stuck with that idea for a long time, even sketching his design out multiple times. I had named him Cadifor, the name of a yet earlier main antagonist.
Heading into late '11 was when I was starting to delve into dragons really deeply. It occurred to me that to have a pure evil long was not only cliched (the pure evil part), but long are revered as gods and are pure noble beasts. Oops.
So the majority of that idea went out the window - except for the idea of a black Eastern. A few months went by and Cadifor was eventually forgotten when I finally settled on a storyline for good in mid '12. I had a new main antagonist and the long role was given to a new character, Thuban. I wanted the main antagonist Lankharra to have a sidekick, a secondary antagonist, but who? Then I remembered that old character I had dreamt up.
I had a spare name - Takhorr - I had the basic idea, why not work on that? After some fairly in-depth thought I decided I wanted to make Takhorr a bit more unique and keeping in with Chinese mythology that longs weren't evil. I decided to make Takhorr a cave dwelling dragon - not a long in any way - and from then on spent hours googling images and articles of cave-dwelling animals. Starting with the basic body structure of an Eastern, I proceeded to add the following:

Small eyes.
Large ears.
Antennae.
Sensory pits.
Spiracles.
Weak wings.
Off legs-to-body ratio (cave salamander reference).
Protrusive skeleton.
Fleshy spines along the back.
And that ever important but always forgotten breastbone.

And designed Takhorr's species, which I quickly named the Nhyrhys.

Then I had the cliched 'evil' part. So I swiped that and started working on a backstory for his part. He has a reason for his actions and is actually not evil in any major way.

Takhorr is also going to feature in my graphic novel Scarred.

Details

Music: Master of Shadows by Two Steps From Hell ([link])

Time Spent: Approx 4 days spread over nearly a month (I fail ;_; )

Tools Used: A2 sheet of black pastel paper, Stabilo Carb0thello pastel pencils, a random penknife in dire need of having its blade changed, a kneadable eraser (prior to this picture, it was grey. Now it's black. Just FYI), a special pastel eraser for those difficult lines and a truckload of patience.

Colours Used: Scenery: Grey, white, black, terracotta. Dragon: Black, white, and a touch of red for the eye. All colours used: Black, white, grey, terracotta and red.

Stress Level: 9/10

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Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sooo ! Here is Takhorr ! His design is remarquable and unique !!
I like him ! ^^
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, the one and only ;P I'm really happy you like him :hug: He'll be going through a minor design update sometime to make him easier to tell apart from another nhyrhys character I have, Chassiro. 
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Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow ! Can't wait to see ! :D
And I have a question. Will you make your comic in soft pastels ?
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, Scarred will be done in pastel pencils with a few digital elements. :meow:
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Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow ! Nice !! :la:
And another question : what kind of paper do you use ? The result is really amazing ! 
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I strictly use black pastel paper, smooth side up. I'm not sure what the exact brand of paper is though xD 
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Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! Is this paper velvety ? Thick ?
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It definitely has a slightly fibrous feel to it, it's nice and smooth while still providing tooth which I like. Thicker than normal sheets of paper, I think about a millimetre. Great stuff to work on o3o
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Gironimo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a beautiful work :clap: I like your style and the attention you put to all the details here!
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:la: Thank you so much! 
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Snusy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow... awesome piece...
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you :hug:
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AtemsLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh very, very very nice!
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaah thank you <33
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AtemsLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
your welcome :)
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arthands Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
This has an abstract feel and a fantasy feel to it.  It has been done very well.
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you <33 
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NoreyDragon Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Why your drawings are beautiful! This one is very eerie and awesome shadows on it! :+fav:
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, thank you <3 
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Art-By-Mark Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very well done =)
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww thank you C: :hug:
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animals4501 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Small question- what's updated? XD
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Added history :) I felt it was a big enough change to send notifications your way :B
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animals4501 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh XD
Thanks!
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StrangeDrew Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
wow, this is pretty wicked! :clap:
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, glad you think so :D
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Infusions Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Really good textures. You put a lot of work in this, I love it! Good job.
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you <3 I can only think of one piece which took as much work, and that is my most recent pastel 'Carly'. I take realism way too seriously 8D
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Alley96 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Very interesting! Beautiful piece!
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! 8D

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PaintedHood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm sorry, but the rocks still the show for me on this one. Incredibly realistic...the dragon is cool, but I'm blown away by how well done the rocks are, nice work.
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you xD I really went all out on those rocks. It marks the point here I finally managed to get a good stone texture, so very pleasing c:
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PaintedHood Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
You really did go all out on those rocks though! lol bravo, cheers, and congratulations on a job well done :D
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PaintedHood Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
**steal
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MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an interesting creature you've made :)

The details on it are nice.
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you :D I do like me some details~
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DamienDoesntCare Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
purely awesome work and i love all the details^^
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay thank you <3 I can't draw undetailed pictures at all xD Details are vary important :3
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DamienDoesntCare Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like both....sketchy pics and detailed ones^^
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zepIyn Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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zepIyn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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zepIyn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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Loki-oKada Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice :D
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Loki-oKada Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
well done!
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
xD Thank you!
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Loki-oKada Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love it ^-^
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Loki-oKada Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love it ^-^
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chesya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Such graceful and slender lines combining to create such a beautiful creature, ideally set in an infinite cave.
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