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Dragon Poachers by JonasDeRo Dragon Poachers by JonasDeRo
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Illustration done for a personal fantasy project.

In this world, dragons don't mindlessly burn down villages and terrorize humans.
Even though numerous people died in the past encountering these mighty beasts, most attacks were not unprovoked... Dragons actively hunting humans for food was a rare sight.

As years passed and people improved their weapons, tools and means of defending their towns and cities, encounters between the two became less and less frequent. Before long dragons were barely a threat to human communities. Instead, they increasingly became an actively hunted species forcing them to retreat into wild and remote areas. Still their numbers dwindled rapidly.

When dragons became a rarity and were thought to go extinct, laws were enacted to protect these majestic creatures and hunting became a punishable crime. However, this also caused dragon body parts to become highly valuable.

Here we see a group of poachers who have hunted down a dragon and its two pups, luring them with a massive fire beacon.
The dragons are killed and then harvested for body parts to be sold in illegal trade and on black markets.
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f3d0n Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
nice details, but I don't like the concept...
SayaKurosaki Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sad, but such a brilliant piece of artwork!
taughtbyabadgermole Featured By Owner Edited Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Only in a world full of assholes who are in this reality, sadly, also badasses...  Actually I guess numbers would probably be a strong factor
faf13 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The details and art are absolutely stunning and beautiful. The little fantasy story behind it makes it that much better as well.
jakth3r3ap3r Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014

mindblowingly beautiful and yet so sad.

stunning artwork.
xelianthought Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Amazing detail! 
Kerriecat Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Noo dragon D:

poaching is a terrible thing to do however good work :)
Byakuya-Hisana-Rukia Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww poor dragons! Still good work, poor dragons thoughSad dummy 
Freddy-Fazbae Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, those poor things. Poaching disgusts me, no matter what creature. ; n ;
Darklarik Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Fucked up world this is. I still dont see how any kind of armor, even if its completely fireproff, could protect you from the size of those jaws. Any animal of that szie should be able to completely crush  a human being.
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