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The Dragon Lords False Idols Cover Illustration by CrystalSully The Dragon Lords False Idols Cover Illustration by CrystalSully
I can finally reveal to the public the cover illustration for "The Dragon Lords: False Idols" by Jon Hollins which is a dragon-filled sequel to the first of his fantasy series. Commissioned by Orbit Books art director Lauren Panepinto. Painted in Adobe Photoshop. The book will be available at Barnes and Noble and all major retailers this August. I'll have prints and posters of this piece for sale at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, Cheyenne Comicon, mayyybe Denver Comicon, GenCon, (possibly Dragoncon if I get accepted), Rose City Comicon, and a few other conventions this year! 

Official Cover Launch: www.orbitbooks.net/2017/03/07/…

(This is also my first official book cover for a major publisher, YAYYYY!)

For those of you who don't know much about me, my name is Crystal Sully and I'm a freelance illustrator and maker of monsters. I graduated from RMCAD with a BFA in Illustration and work in the video game and publishing industries while developing my own book called The Untamed Bestiary. I'm currently doing freelance contract work for game studios and I specialize in creature design, monsters, and characters. 
 
Patreon: www.patreon.com/CrystalSully
Website: DigitallyUntamed.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CSullyIllustr…
Blog: CrystalSully.com/blog


Email: digitallyuntamed@gmail.com

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:iconwhitebearboy:
whitebearboy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017
Awesome picture!
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:icontheotterpony:
TheOtterPony Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
"I commend your courage, even if foolish kind, to enter my domain." *Chuckle* "Oh well, it has been way too long since my last snack..."
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:iconedironsides:
EdIronsides Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Sobs in Draconian*
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
There there, ssssssh. 
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Aeter-Link Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017
WOW. The skin on this thing is AWESOME.
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconryukigraydragon:
RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
This looks amazing. The sense of scale is well done. :D
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmobiusentultd:
MobiusEntUltd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA!!!
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:iconavaloncezar:
AvalonCezar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Student General Artist
great monster
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NoxxPlush Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
I've said before but I adore this piece! All your hard hours rendering really shows in the astounding detail here!
Congrats on the book cover! I hope they hit you up again ;0
I'll have to go looking for it in-store in august, though I'm sure all your other friends will be out doing the same to send you pics haha. :p
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Edited Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
AW thank you so much Noxx! :D I appreciate your kind words, I remember back in the day when we were drawing lion king characters and now look at us! You'll totally have to send me a pic of the book if you pick it up in August, that would make me so happy! The publisher sent me the first one to read before illustrating the sequel here and the series is actually really good! It's a lot like Guardians of the Galaxy with the humor so I'm legit excited to read what happens next in this book. :P
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IaneArt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist
Wow, it transmits the tension and the surprise. Very nice j
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ShoutFinder Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHOOOAAAAA. Absolutely gorgeous work!!!!!
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconelephant883:
Elephant883 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You nailed the detail in the scales! Well done!
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I put SO much rendering time into those dang scales so I appreciate you saying that. 
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:iconelephant883:
Elephant883 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it certainly shows. You mastered it!
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:iconkeloka:
keloka Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing work! I will deffinitly be looking for this book with this cover ^^
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'll be keeping an eye out for it as well, it's set to hit Barnes and Noble along with Amazon and all other major retailers in late August of this year. 
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:iconkeloka:
keloka Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome and alright ^^
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:iconhedwiglovesquidditch:
hedwiglovesquidditch Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
that is one scary sick badass lookin dragon! 
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconashearmstrong:
AsheArmstrong Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Writer
Goddamn sexy cover. Damn.
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you good sir! How have you been lately? 
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AsheArmstrong Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Writer
Up and down, I guess, but reasonably good. Chugging along on Grimluk 3. Hit 45K words last night. Should finish the first draft sometime next month, I hope. You seem to be doin well. Cover work, your Twitch streams, probably some more illustrations, right? Didn't you get some work for Paizo last year?
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome to hear, sounds like you're getting a lot done! I've been just working constantly, been doing a lot of stuff for Paizo, my first book cover, and some smaller games like Open Legend RPG. This year I've also just started exhibiting around the country at conventions which has been a total blast! 
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AsheArmstrong Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Writer
Hell yeah! Maybe in a few years I can do conventions. That'd be nice occasionally. Just make sure to take care of yourself. Don't get burn out.
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah that's the trick isn't it, doing enough to pay the bills but not breaking ourselves in the process. We're also moving across the country in about two weeks and I have a list of 25 client paintings currently so avoiding burnout is heavily on my mind! The conventions are nice because I'm just selling my own work to the public, it's so cool seeing people react to my work in person because when I normally send off a client piece I get an approval or revisions. We don't often get to interact with the public regarding our work as artists so it's a real treat! If you're at GenCon (or possibly even Dragoncon if I get accepted) I'll be there! 
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AsheArmstrong Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Writer
We're gonna be moving long distance soon as well. Hoping it will improve a lot in our situation. Hope your move goes smoothly. Moving fucking sucks.

Getting to see folks respond to your critters must be pretty rad. I'll get to squee in person one day maybe. When I'm finally making enough money/have enough of a name built up that conventions are feasible. One day...
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
For sure, conventions are so dang expensive! We had to take a huge gamble and almost bottom out our bank account to do Emerald City Comicon in Seattle but thankfully made the expenses back with some profit. You should totally do a convention sometime! The smaller ones are a lot cheaper for exhibitors as far as the table cost is concerned which is what I did for the last few years in Kansas City at an art show called Spectrum Art Live. You got this! 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Edited Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh er!

What a nasty surprise and a way to go!!

This is a superb cover, and one that tells all with no effort :)

Love how the dragon has them scooped up and then it smiling, like it's almost laughing at the party's stupidity - and the lighting is a joy :)

The scale detail is excellent! I can hear the grinding of metal here :)

Superb work sir - superb :)
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CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words! I really gave this piece my all so I'm thrilled that so many folks seem to really like it. :) I spent SO MUCH TIME rendering those dang scales! 
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks it and I think this is makes a great cover sir - you excelled yourself!! :D

Well done and be proud! :D
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DragonsLou Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Oh man, this is awesome! Great job!! :D
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! 
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TinariwenMS Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I can really feel that "oh sh*t, we're what's for dinner" vibe. 😂😂😂
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
YESSSS thank you! That is 100% what I was going for so I'm glad to hear that!
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:iconfruitbatslyra:
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang! This is awesome! :la:
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconfruitbatslyra:
fruitbatslyra Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are quite welcome~ :D
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:iconravencorona:
RavenCorona Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Fantastic.
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
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:icondragonfan656:
DragonFan656 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!! :la: ^.=.^
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:iconcrystalsully:
CrystalSully Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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