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Bahamut by cwgabriel Bahamut by cwgabriel
"About a quarter of the time, Bahamut wanders Oerth in the shape of a human or some other guise. He is said to have been encountered as a frail old hermit, with the seven great golden wyrms that accompany him disguised as seven canaries singing sweetly nearby."
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Dragonlord-Daegen Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
this is one of the more inspiring depictions of Bahamut ive seen...and if im not mistaken,this is the ONLY picture on deviantart of him in human form.

i really like his design,he kind of reminds me of the emperor from the mulan movies (only with different colored robes and no hat)
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ViroLaruga Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think this is the best idea I've met today, inspiring! 
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Brilliant pic!
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EternalWX Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
this is so great! Bahamut is my favorite fictional dragon diety!
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akamame Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I've always loved the Bahamut lore!! This is very exciting to see!!
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dravnofficial Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I especially like the feathery brush strokes in the beard.
Beautifully colored piece.
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Paytrah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
I get goosebumps looking at this picture! You are my hero Gabe, I love your work! I hope you read this and know how inspired by you I am. I love your style, and color, the can't be recreated. I only wish I could be half the artist you are!!
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naivewolfjosh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
An awesome exploration of D&D lore through art. I love how the canaries seem to glow in midst the night, even brighter than the stars.
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musogato Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, beautiful.
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IronRaves Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
I like this picture... I wonder why.
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Iamnotaspy Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I can't help but think of how Bahamut here looks like Gen from Streetfighter. Not that I think it's a bad thing, mind you.

I like how serene he looks with his "birds" near him.
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irrenderNarr42 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
are we talking abaout the D&D bahamut or the FF bahamut?
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Tyrranux Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
If only the Final Fantasy Bahamut were this interesting :3
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Remearus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite a nice style colours complement each other nicely plus I like to know more on the whole myth thank you for the quote
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noneBC Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like how the air seem to rip around parts of the tree. Seems to convey the great but calm power of the figures. Fleshes out my D&D universe imagery, too. (score)
PS: started playing gamma world w/ my friends after hearing about how weird it is via Penny Arcade. TONS OF FUN.
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Frigidchick Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the effects. This work is gorgeous.
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angelofthenite3 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
awesome job! *cheers happily for anything D&D related* D&D = <3

:D

*gives a thumbs up*
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sarkastikartist Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
just how i pictured him
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ThreePoplarTrees Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Outstanding!
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vassal-of-bahamut Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I believe this is the only picture of its kind in DeviantArt, and one of the very few non-Final Fantasy depictions of the Platinum Dragon(not that there's anything wrong with the FF depictions :P ). Hail Bahamut!
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really beautiful. specially the birds
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LunaWriter Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I really like the contrasts between the birds and the rest of the picture.
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battlemaid Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
pretty :)
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JeffSon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Is it odd that I recognize that quote from 20 years ago when I played D&D
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Cedstick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Yea, I remember this from reading my dad's old campaign stuff. Read that passage was like the nostalgia truck highway'ing me.
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DevilandtheSea Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
I want to favorite this, but I've been playing DnD with some people and we're not supposed to know who the old man is yet, and if I *do* favorite, I will spoil it for everyone else and not just myself haha.

But really wonderful work. I'll come back and add this after the secrets out in our game :)
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techferret Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Very nice!
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VideoGamesSW Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so soothing.
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Krownz Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Awesome work!
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pinkplaidrobot Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Amazing!
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1205 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Really beautiful illustration :clap: wonderful colors!
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legacystar-reborn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Wow. Mike, this is gorgeous. Wonderful work as always.
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Halberd3000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Wow. Just...wow. I salute you!
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Krusedullfaen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Amazing as always, I really love your art style!
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Mordaedil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is pretty damn sweet. I always loved D&D's shapeshifting dragons and their story potential.
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Pocketowl Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
So good!
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Ghilemear Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Lovely!
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tyleroot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Great illustration of a great piece of DnD mythology. Bravo, as usual.
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MarkEricElton Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Negaduck9 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Wow. That is lovely art. I've really come to like your style - it has a "flavor" all its own.
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mohinigeek Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Is there a Tiamat in the works?
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avatare Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wicked. has some soothing aura to it.
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vincentteeky Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Wow the beard looks really nice.
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GhoulKing Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Nice to see the young 'uns respecting their elders. Heh. Nice work!
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JoeFoo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Beautiful colors and texture. It was pretty bold to put in that bright yellow against such a dark background, but it paid off! Very nicely done!
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MangaManiacNatNeko Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
That is really awesome Gabe, wicked job. I love the way the canaries shine and Bahamut's apperance is amazing I would never suspect him of being dangerous :) Glad to see more art from you and excellent background detailing. Keep it up mate.
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ansh3lm Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice piece.
I love the mood in this. Somewhere between sadness and peace. If soothing is a right word...I hope it is :)
I would definitely hang this on my wall if it would be painted with acrylic.
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manic-the-lad Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The coloring REALLY sets the mood for this one...
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Previterror Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
The coloring of the canaries really give the piece a surreal look, I feel. Very intriguing.
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madcarrot Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Really digging the textures and the mood. His expression says so much.
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