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Concept Art for The Dragonriders of Pern, “Dragonrider”
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DeanmonDean Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
I absolutely LOVE this piece!  I think the 'horn' is just fine.  I've read the series (excluding some of the newer stuff by McCaffrey's son, Todd), front to back I don't know how many times, and I always pictured them with some nubbin's of some sort on the top/sideish of their heads that aren't really horns, but are bigger than a bump, because in a few places it's mentioned that they like to have their head ridges scratched/itched/rubbed.  I admit, though, that I often see them as they were portrayed by Wheelan (I can't help it... he has done some of the most beautiful book covers I've ever seen).
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MamaCarol626 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Absolutely beautiful. Just as I pictured them in my mind while reading their story.
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GIOVANNI-PALUMBO Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
wow super work, reminds me of andre norten book
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Wolfenru Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeuos, love the markings on Ruth, and to everyone who is saying things about the horns, OH WELL. There was never a direct description in the books, and the cover art is based on the description and the artists imagination. I have seen so many different interpretions of McCaffrey's description, they all have the basic descriptors, and they are all amazing. The only thing we really know is that the heads are wedge shaped, the have neck ridges/spikes, their eyes are faceted, that they burped up rock ash after eating firestone, oh and that they had two sets of legs and one set of wings with a tail. I might have missed a few things, but those are some of the main features.

By the way, this is amazing, and wonderful. You can see the veins in Ruth's wings, which is amazingly done. I also like the Weyr(hold?) in the background. All in all, this is quite stunning and beaeutiful.
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OpalBee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
This is beyond wonderful.  This is a great deal like what I always imagined Jaxom to look (or even a young F'lar), and I like that Ruth isn't purely white.  So fantasic.
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onixmuse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece so much~
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PRINCESSVAMPIRESS Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
this is the best ever dragonrider pic ive ever seen someone said the rider looks like merlin id go more for a younger version of dylan mcdermott
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
dragon looks a bit off, but nothing major.  it just looks a little... harmless I guess.  Don't get me wrong I know that that's basically the dragons in pern; gentle giants, but... well they didn't LOOK like gentle giants.
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drunkenbullfrog Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that was an albino runt of the litter dragon... so, yah, bit on the harmless looking side.
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Still a giant (by earth standards) flying, fire breathing monstrosity. Plus pernese dragons don't have giraffe horns
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taptuk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty late, but they do in fact have giraffe-looking horns. :/ sorry to burst your bubble. Though I guess if someone really wants to they can headcanon Pern dragons to have different horns.
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't remember seeing giraffe horns on ramoth on the cover to dragon flight.
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taptuk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true. Remember that the dragons on the various covers differ GREATLY depending on the artist, though--as opposed to Michael Whelan's art (whose Dragonflight cover is the one I believe you're referring to), it's pretty common to draw them with fleshy protuberances which are technically part of the skull and thus some sort of horns. I think it's up to the fan-artist/writer, so...open to interpretation. =)
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That being said if it was a horn it'd be made up of bone, hair or keratin, so if they're fleshy then they technically aren't horns
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taptuk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right there. I just meant that they're usually portrayed as being covered with dragonhide, rather than the outright horns classical dragons may have. I always imagined them as somewhere between horns and bulbs/giraffe "horns."
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Creature218 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
yes they do they're for telepathic communicaton
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have yet to see cover art of any kind where they have giraffe horns.
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Creature218 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
didn't you hear don't judge a book by it's cover
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dragonrider364 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's cover, not it's cover art. The dragons in eragon speak telepathically, do they have giraffe horns? No.
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Creature218 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
but that was fantasy this is science fiction
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Kryptoknight01 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow...  This is absolutely gorgeous.  Perhaps the best Pern art I've seen.
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mandagirl02 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Beautiful work! it is exactly like i've always pictured Jaxom and Ruth looking :) keep up the good work!
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Janet56 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
This is the most amazing illustration of Jaxom and Ruth.
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Inukami-Kawaii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Is it just me or does the rider look a bit like BBC's Merlin? XD
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Oseviel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing!
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HeWhoWalksOn4Paws Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
At first I thought that guy was Joe Flannigan, lead star on Stargate Atlantis. Cool pic, though!
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pyro3345 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful.
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imhilien Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :)
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KrisOwrey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Stunning work. It's almost exactly like how I always pictured from the books.
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kielymb Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please tell me you're working on a movie!
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whiteoakart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nicely done. Superior to many of the cover illustrations in production.
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silivrensf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
JAXOM! <3
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Coldzila94 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Outstanding !
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PereRhia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!!! Seriously flooded with envy right now....
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VladCaleb Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
the movie is underway, hopefully it won't end up in the back burner again.
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RngrThorne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Looks like Ruth to me.
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lifelieswaiting Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Jaxom and Ruth. Beautiful.
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JediLibrarian Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is BEAUTIFUL
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Tonko Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brings my back to the days when all I wanted to do was live in that world <3
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kielymb Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's true, Anne McCaffrey did such a good job creating a world, that I could walk in and live happily ever after. As a dragon rider of course... not a drudge.
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Kariachi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Ruth!! Jaxom!!

Epic artwork, just epic. I would critique, but I honestly cannot think of anything. Epic.
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hydra21306 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Very awesome! And very realistic!
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wkhamm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Beautiful
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jhdragonreader Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anne McCaffrey should pick you to do concept art!! That actually looks like an alien life form. It could be Ruth and Jaxum. Could use a few ridges on the eyes and back of the skull.
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Calypto0227 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoOoW
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DreamerPony Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd kill for a Pern movie XD
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
#TheIllustratedWord would really love to see this piece in our group. We focus on illustrations of literature, poetry, short stories, etc. If you don't like your work to be showcased in groups, we understand. We've sent a request; you should see it in your messages.
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Evil-Shieldmaiden Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Lovely picture
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lifelieswaiting Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Very nice!
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ZGM-ZGM Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Haha, I remember these books. <3
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