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Dragons of Incense - Styrax by AlectorFencer Dragons of Incense - Styrax by AlectorFencer
~Edit: I changed the colour setting more to make everything encompassing Styrax more convincing for myself. :)
Thank you for the support! ~

Dragons of Incense - Styrax

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"Styrax: Heavy yet sweet, dark and mysterious. It is one of the most important incenses in general. It was devoted to the dark godess Hekate, the mistress of all witches and enchantresses and the godess of all magical and toxic plants. The shamans of the Maya have used Styrax to treat leprosy.
As an incense, Styrax repels insects and flies. Besides that, it strengthens your self confidence and gives you positive energy and feelings. It releases you from emotional tensions, clears out hysteria and paranoia and works harmonising against irritation and anger."

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Styrax personally is one of my most favourite incenses. Its heavy sweet yet flowery scent is in strong contrast from the actual metallic look that the resin has. I've always had a fascination about incense and the beautiful atmosphere it can create. One could always find incense sticks or small floral copper bowls with resins and plants in my home. Whenever I came back from a journey, I lit charcoal and a selected mixture of herbs in a small bowl to announce my arrival. It's something I always loved doing. ;D
Having incense makes me feel creative and at home.

Dragons have always fascinated me, so the idea was to merge those two fascinations to one to find out, if my vision matches my olfaction.

This is the first step of resurrecting an idea I had back in 2008 when I started designing dragons correlating plants and resins that we know as incense. I will design roughly 21 different dragons that each features plants and their distinctive scent and effect. This project is supposed to lead you through a very different olfactory journey whereas my own nose is my direct collaborator.

And there we go, it's back on its feet and planned thoroughly to actually make it into a book presenting all dragons in printed form. :] So, keep your eyes open!

Thank you so much for the support and looking! <3

Have a look at the first version of Styrax in 2008


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:iconerodracul:
EroDracul Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Really Indifferent and at the same time Awesome, the flowers added that "Special" Touch also! Love it~
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:iconitichiro:
Itichiro Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sieht wirklich super aus
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:icongamerpen:
Gamerpen Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconsilhouettestealer:
SilhouetteStealer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful *.*
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:iconfirestar0406:
Firestar0406 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so graceful in many way of beauty
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:iconsikodin:
Sikodin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love love love your work!
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:iconxxfrozenfirexx:
xxFrozenFirexx Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It reminds me of Deathwing from World of Warcraft :b

It's really nice!
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:iconbyassu:
Byassu Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
whoA.. `Those jaws~
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:icondaviddekleer:
daviddekleer Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's just awesome! :D
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:iconflameheart10:
flameheart10 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Wow, awesome and fierce! :heart:
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:iconhipsterka:
Hipsterka Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome :heart:
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing!
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:icondpirate:
Dpirate Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Awesome
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:iconisuzu-rin-kakuri:
Isuzu-Rin-Kakuri Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beautiful the detail and personality in this drawing really move the viewer (if thats eve the right word) i Love this you are truly talented !
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thank you ever so much for the compliment. :)
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:iconisuzu-rin-kakuri:
Isuzu-Rin-Kakuri Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome 
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:iconfuriarossaandmimma:
FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In this one, the strength is the atmosphere. Fantastic :heart:
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thank you so so much! :)
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:iconfuriarossaandmimma:
FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:icongnome-o-fury:
Gnome-o-Fury Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
friggin' gorgeous!
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:iconsomerandomperson15:
Somerandomperson15 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I want this on my wall
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:iconfenrisxwolf:
FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Not for one second have I ever imagined a great dragon like this in such a scene with flowers in. But you know what? I love it!
It's just something that takes me by surprise, and just makes the piece even more enchanting, and magical. Wonderful piece :D
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I'm so happy I could convey this idea to create such emotions. :)
I love making contradictions, where calm elements meet those that we would consider as dangerous. It tells a story somehow.
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:iconmirandarin:
Mirandarin Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Reminds me so much of death wing from World Of Warcraft!

Love it! That detail :O
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:iconclymberpaddler:
ClymberPaddler Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
the dragon is coming home
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:iconhoneywolfrin:
HoneyWolfRin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
just... wow...
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:iconhappyblueimpiii:
happyblueimpIII Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Writer
This is lovely! I love the detail in this. At first glance it looks like a harsh picture, but then as you keep looking there's the flowers floating throughout, and the smoke is whispy, not thick and suffocating. This is a beautiful picture with great detail. Love it!!
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:iconfabyus:
Fabyus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
You've been featured on Cyrail here: [link]!
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Thank you so much!!
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:iconwolf783:
Wolf783 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Love the flowers, not sure what kind I am not a huge flower name knowing person, but to me it feels like a contras of life compared to the seaming coming death of the dragon. Amazing work.
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DarkLord979 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
AWESOME!!
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:iconangelsuburbanite:
AngelSuburbanite Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is really amazing! :D
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:iconrexxar90000:
rexxar90000 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing,but i think it looks like deathwing.don't you think so?
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:iconwolfnoom:
wolfnoom Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Digital Artist
itīs very interesting
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TheOfficialBlueOak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
WWWWOOOOOWWWWW! Kyooooo! You on FIRE! Can I ask you a favor? Could you go on my profile and comment on my drawings,please? Thanks!
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:iconaouzu:
Aouzu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Perfect
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:iconvaroujan:
varoujan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought it was a balrog at first >_>
Amazing drawing and interesting species!
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:iconkarmadg:
karmadg Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
crazyyy
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:iconsuitandarmour:
suitandarmour Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Your gallery is amazing.
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:icongallardose:
Gallardose Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
fantastic! The smoke looks great!
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:iconmylady-lilith:
Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woooow! That's what I call a dragon...
Really good work! Love the flowers~
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LIVEFULLY941115 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Writer
"Styrax: Heavy yet sweet, dark and mysterious. It is one of the most important incenses in general. It was devoted to the dark godess Hekate, the mistress of all witches and enchantresses and the godess of all magical and toxic plants. Love epic introduction and the settings of this place is very dark and full of mysteries...maybe the dragon can be an epic boss battles in some video games.Nice!
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you so much! I love all the enigmatic descriptions coming along with herbs and resins. :D
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:iconfuzzypinkmonster:
fuzzypinkmonster Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
So does that mean, instead of having the stench of blood and death, this dragon smells of flowers and incense? ^_^
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Most definitely. This one would have a very heavy and sweet smell. :D
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thewordlesssignature Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors!
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:iconforeversunshine80083:
Love love love!! Epicness.
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:iconikiyouyou:
Ikiyouyou Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
While your first Styrax does render a lot more detail into the dragon, this version has much more atmosphere to it! Much more mysterious with a much more interesting setting, almost like an idea from a movie! The first one, while very well done, was basically just the typical dragon head on a colored background - I think your new one will be a much nicer addition to your book! I am definitely looking forward to seeing it!
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:iconalectorfencer:
AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thank you so much for giving your thought to that! I think the first version was the reason why I didn't feel so happy about it at all and why I gave it up for so long. I planned to just create the heads and nothing more, but seeing them in a setting and mostly full body, is way better. :D
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White-Darkness-06 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome.
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