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DrakeTheDragon-1980
Jens Wege
Germany
I don't consider myself an artist, but I enjoy creating meshes, textures, poses, animations and coding to realize a certain dragon from my imagination in any 3d environment suitable enough.

Mostly this will be in the form of game mods, lacking a better environment to work in. Currently it's for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

This dragon or its race isn't the only thing I'm creating though. I just enjoy creating virtual things in general.

I also started writing down the story of this dragon, which I was dreaming of and imaginating over several years now. But I'm a little behind and the story still continues almost every night. What I've written down by now is only 1% of what's in my memory. I really have to keep up before something gets lost forever.

Favourite genre of music: all that sounds good, not thinking in boxes
Operating System: Mac OS-X currently
MP3 player of choice: Media Player/QuickTime Player
Personal Quote: "The only thing I know is I don't know anything."... and even this I don't know
Interests
  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    5 years, 2 months and 7 days now. Though I've been a silent admirer and lurker here already for years before I began finally giving something back.

  • What does your username mean?

    Drake the Dragon is the protagonist of a story of mine I came up with in my dreams many, many years ago and until recently have been continuing every night and sometimes also during the day. He's also become the main character in almost every video game RPG I played since then, and in games where modding is possible I also tried to recreate him inside the game as close to the story as possible. First sub-chapters of the story can be found inside my deviations and it's almost impossible to miss diverse random pictures of Drake in whatever environment and context while browsing my gallery. Believe it or not, it's not taken from Dragonheart 2 the movie, and I was rather surprised to find the name used in it as well when I watched it the first time. Must be because the name isn't actually a name but a term rather, describing some sub-species of dragon, so it's a general use thing. The -1980 part though was because the name itself was already taken and I was told to add a number. I chose my birth year.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

    Imaginative, open-minded, over-protective (of others) - well, there's more, like universally technically-skilled, empathic/understanding, sharing (especially my knowledge), and yes, a little lazy also, but those 3 are the most prevalent, I guess.

  • Are you left or right handed?

    Right handed.

  • What was your first deviation?

    The Guardian by DrakeTheDragon-1980

    Going by my gallery it's "The Guardian", which is coming by surprise now, as this is actually a rather later work of mine, but I think it's because when I first started a gallery here I was just uploading years old pieces of mine to sort of create a development documentation timeline, and this one among them made for a fine ID back then. This is one of the early self-made 3D models of, your guessed it, Drake, and his custom playable race for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, one of my favorites, because it's actually the first game ever where I succeeded to create something coming really close to how Drake and his dragons really are as a playable race, and so far I haven't found any other race I could have modded to the same extent and am still interested in the story and gameplay enough to play it. The pose just "came over me" when I started playing around with the models and how they bend in Blender, but in hindsight it's rather fitting.

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

    I don't consider myself an artist, really, as the pictures I create are mostly comprised of screenshots or renders which I then took apart in a painting app and recombine their pieces to create something new. The modeling, texturing, lately also animating, and primarily scripting work I'm mainly doing "can" be considered art, of course, but in my own case I wouldn't dare comparing the quality of mine to any "real" artist's creations in that context. I'm just dabbling around in this genre. And I don't possess any other artistic skills worth mentioning than that.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

    I would really love to be able to "draw" what's in my mind like all the wonderfully talented artists hanging around here, maybe also digitally and coloring it, but honestly, a simple pencil drawing would suffice already. Don't get me wrong, I can do sketches and such, I'm rather good sketching technical things, everything edged and geometrical, anything but round or smooth bodies or, god beware, something living or biological. My art teachers in school said I've got talent, when they saw my drawings of technical things, machines, structures, whole cityscapes, spacecrafts and the like, but I never managed to make anything of it ever since.

  • What was your first favourite?

    It appears it was this one:

    Spirit of the lake by tiffawolf
    (if the Favourites timeline is anything to go by)

    I don't know. Back then I was primarily browsing dA galleries on the search for inspiration. I'm getting the best ideas while looking at the art of others. And this isn't like "ah, that's good, I'd need to do the same", or "ah, I could use that in work" or anything along that line, really. No, my mind actually starts racing, flooding me with pictures, imaginations, ideas, all these random thoughts you later create the best piece you ever came up with so far from, whenever I look at the images of others. So I'm browsing galleries of artists and my mind starts working again, mainly. When I actually take something out of them and put it into my favorites, then I either liked it so much that I wanted to keep it, maybe also give sort of a thumbs-up by giving it a :+fav:, or I was inspired that much of it as a single piece that I consider it a useful reference I need to keep quick access to for later. The first gallery I was browsing through in the intent of selecting pieces for my Favourites it seems was my good friend tiffawolf's, and this was the first piece I found. It's interesting how much looking at it right now makes my mind flood with ideas again, pictures popping up, stories are forming, this white wolf especially makes my imagination go crazy!

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

    I'm not looking at the type, I'm only interested in the content. For example when I watch an anime nowadays, or play a video game (ha ha, how much I miss playing games already), it's not really the images I'm interested in, or the gameplay, it's the story!

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    I met a lot of interesting people and made quite some new friends during my time here on dA so far, but I'm definitely not going to play favorites with my friends or the people I'm looking up to.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

    I'm not much the type for meetings in person. I may always have enjoyed it afterwards so far, and definitely would've missed something, if I hadn't done it, in the end, but I'm still not exactly fond of the idea or feeling fine with going out and meeting people, to do, yeah, what exactly again?, whenever it comes up. I may be very social when among people, if not a little too silent and hard to notice I'm even there at all, but I'm not actually "socializing" much in any way.

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

    A lot of people I met here have helped me a lot with ideas, honest feedback, cooperations even sometimes, and now and then there's even some personal, private talk with those I consider to be friends on here. If it weren't for the people liking my work apparently enough to give me their honest thoughts about it and share their ideas with me, may I call them followers or loyal fans even?, the things I created and shared with a public audience so far would've definitely been much less enjoyable to the masses, and certain problems I encountered along the way would've delayed my progress perhaps even infinitely sometimes.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

    As I'm not an artist and the only artistic tasks I'm performing are modeling, texturing and animating, my weapons of choice are Blender, Paint.NET, and due to me modding a game as well, the NifSkope NIF file editor and the game's Construction Set.

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

    I'm not using places for inspiration. I'm using what I see, hear, and sometimes even smell, everything which makes my imagination go crazy again while experiencing it. The place I "am" creating what I create at though is my room, where there's my desktop and my PC. I'm sleeping in that place, eating breakfast and evening meals, sometimes even lunch as well, working from home for my job, and watching TV when work time's over, only to go to bed again in that place at the end of the night when work is done... not exactly many "places" to choose from to begin with.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

    My memory's not that great, or a good one even, and I was having quite some enjoyable times within the last 5 years here on dA, so it'd be hard to choose, even if I "did" remember specific ones still. Repeatedly seeing a lot of people think alike on rather critical topics (art theft, copyright, mutual respect in online communities, etc.) though has always worked in favor of me still feeling welcome and at home around here definitely. It's not so much myself or my own work I'm concerned about here though, I actually couldn't care less about the things I shared publicly or what people fling at me behind a not-as-thick-as-they-might-like-it-to-be wall of internet-anonymity, but who does it to me will also do it to others, people I'm caring for and looking up to even, and this is when it becomes a problem and things "will" get nasty.


    ----

    Hmm, and it seems I missed another term characteristic of me up there in point 3: "Wall of Text"! Seriously, it was only simple questions and here I am writing a novel in response. Perhaps I'm not really talkative in person, but when online posting in forums and the like it seems you better not get me started, or I'll write you essays about my mind with absolutely no end in sight!

    Oh, well, that was that then. Now, give me that badge and we're done here! Sweating a little... 

    Ah, and, Happy Birthday, deviantArt! Here's to the next 15 years! Keep doing what you do and it'll be pleasant times ahead of us. Party 

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: my favourite game music and soundtrack collection
  • Watching: Friday evening TV series
  • Playing: ... I wish I could play any games at all...
  • Eating: evening meal (a.k.a. breakfast in my crazy schedul
  • Drinking: mixed flavored tonic water

Journal History

Activity


  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    5 years, 2 months and 7 days now. Though I've been a silent admirer and lurker here already for years before I began finally giving something back.

  • What does your username mean?

    Drake the Dragon is the protagonist of a story of mine I came up with in my dreams many, many years ago and until recently have been continuing every night and sometimes also during the day. He's also become the main character in almost every video game RPG I played since then, and in games where modding is possible I also tried to recreate him inside the game as close to the story as possible. First sub-chapters of the story can be found inside my deviations and it's almost impossible to miss diverse random pictures of Drake in whatever environment and context while browsing my gallery. Believe it or not, it's not taken from Dragonheart 2 the movie, and I was rather surprised to find the name used in it as well when I watched it the first time. Must be because the name isn't actually a name but a term rather, describing some sub-species of dragon, so it's a general use thing. The -1980 part though was because the name itself was already taken and I was told to add a number. I chose my birth year.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

    Imaginative, open-minded, over-protective (of others) - well, there's more, like universally technically-skilled, empathic/understanding, sharing (especially my knowledge), and yes, a little lazy also, but those 3 are the most prevalent, I guess.

  • Are you left or right handed?

    Right handed.

  • What was your first deviation?

    The Guardian by DrakeTheDragon-1980

    Going by my gallery it's "The Guardian", which is coming by surprise now, as this is actually a rather later work of mine, but I think it's because when I first started a gallery here I was just uploading years old pieces of mine to sort of create a development documentation timeline, and this one among them made for a fine ID back then. This is one of the early self-made 3D models of, your guessed it, Drake, and his custom playable race for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, one of my favorites, because it's actually the first game ever where I succeeded to create something coming really close to how Drake and his dragons really are as a playable race, and so far I haven't found any other race I could have modded to the same extent and am still interested in the story and gameplay enough to play it. The pose just "came over me" when I started playing around with the models and how they bend in Blender, but in hindsight it's rather fitting.

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

    I don't consider myself an artist, really, as the pictures I create are mostly comprised of screenshots or renders which I then took apart in a painting app and recombine their pieces to create something new. The modeling, texturing, lately also animating, and primarily scripting work I'm mainly doing "can" be considered art, of course, but in my own case I wouldn't dare comparing the quality of mine to any "real" artist's creations in that context. I'm just dabbling around in this genre. And I don't possess any other artistic skills worth mentioning than that.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

    I would really love to be able to "draw" what's in my mind like all the wonderfully talented artists hanging around here, maybe also digitally and coloring it, but honestly, a simple pencil drawing would suffice already. Don't get me wrong, I can do sketches and such, I'm rather good sketching technical things, everything edged and geometrical, anything but round or smooth bodies or, god beware, something living or biological. My art teachers in school said I've got talent, when they saw my drawings of technical things, machines, structures, whole cityscapes, spacecrafts and the like, but I never managed to make anything of it ever since.

  • What was your first favourite?

    It appears it was this one:

    Spirit of the lake by tiffawolf
    (if the Favourites timeline is anything to go by)

    I don't know. Back then I was primarily browsing dA galleries on the search for inspiration. I'm getting the best ideas while looking at the art of others. And this isn't like "ah, that's good, I'd need to do the same", or "ah, I could use that in work" or anything along that line, really. No, my mind actually starts racing, flooding me with pictures, imaginations, ideas, all these random thoughts you later create the best piece you ever came up with so far from, whenever I look at the images of others. So I'm browsing galleries of artists and my mind starts working again, mainly. When I actually take something out of them and put it into my favorites, then I either liked it so much that I wanted to keep it, maybe also give sort of a thumbs-up by giving it a :+fav:, or I was inspired that much of it as a single piece that I consider it a useful reference I need to keep quick access to for later. The first gallery I was browsing through in the intent of selecting pieces for my Favourites it seems was my good friend tiffawolf's, and this was the first piece I found. It's interesting how much looking at it right now makes my mind flood with ideas again, pictures popping up, stories are forming, this white wolf especially makes my imagination go crazy!

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

    I'm not looking at the type, I'm only interested in the content. For example when I watch an anime nowadays, or play a video game (ha ha, how much I miss playing games already), it's not really the images I'm interested in, or the gameplay, it's the story!

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    I met a lot of interesting people and made quite some new friends during my time here on dA so far, but I'm definitely not going to play favorites with my friends or the people I'm looking up to.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

    I'm not much the type for meetings in person. I may always have enjoyed it afterwards so far, and definitely would've missed something, if I hadn't done it, in the end, but I'm still not exactly fond of the idea or feeling fine with going out and meeting people, to do, yeah, what exactly again?, whenever it comes up. I may be very social when among people, if not a little too silent and hard to notice I'm even there at all, but I'm not actually "socializing" much in any way.

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

    A lot of people I met here have helped me a lot with ideas, honest feedback, cooperations even sometimes, and now and then there's even some personal, private talk with those I consider to be friends on here. If it weren't for the people liking my work apparently enough to give me their honest thoughts about it and share their ideas with me, may I call them followers or loyal fans even?, the things I created and shared with a public audience so far would've definitely been much less enjoyable to the masses, and certain problems I encountered along the way would've delayed my progress perhaps even infinitely sometimes.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

    As I'm not an artist and the only artistic tasks I'm performing are modeling, texturing and animating, my weapons of choice are Blender, Paint.NET, and due to me modding a game as well, the NifSkope NIF file editor and the game's Construction Set.

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

    I'm not using places for inspiration. I'm using what I see, hear, and sometimes even smell, everything which makes my imagination go crazy again while experiencing it. The place I "am" creating what I create at though is my room, where there's my desktop and my PC. I'm sleeping in that place, eating breakfast and evening meals, sometimes even lunch as well, working from home for my job, and watching TV when work time's over, only to go to bed again in that place at the end of the night when work is done... not exactly many "places" to choose from to begin with.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

    My memory's not that great, or a good one even, and I was having quite some enjoyable times within the last 5 years here on dA, so it'd be hard to choose, even if I "did" remember specific ones still. Repeatedly seeing a lot of people think alike on rather critical topics (art theft, copyright, mutual respect in online communities, etc.) though has always worked in favor of me still feeling welcome and at home around here definitely. It's not so much myself or my own work I'm concerned about here though, I actually couldn't care less about the things I shared publicly or what people fling at me behind a not-as-thick-as-they-might-like-it-to-be wall of internet-anonymity, but who does it to me will also do it to others, people I'm caring for and looking up to even, and this is when it becomes a problem and things "will" get nasty.


    ----

    Hmm, and it seems I missed another term characteristic of me up there in point 3: "Wall of Text"! Seriously, it was only simple questions and here I am writing a novel in response. Perhaps I'm not really talkative in person, but when online posting in forums and the like it seems you better not get me started, or I'll write you essays about my mind with absolutely no end in sight!

    Oh, well, that was that then. Now, give me that badge and we're done here! Sweating a little... 

    Ah, and, Happy Birthday, deviantArt! Here's to the next 15 years! Keep doing what you do and it'll be pleasant times ahead of us. Party 

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: my favourite game music and soundtrack collection
  • Watching: Friday evening TV series
  • Playing: ... I wish I could play any games at all...
  • Eating: evening meal (a.k.a. breakfast in my crazy schedul
  • Drinking: mixed flavored tonic water

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VividThought Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the returned llama! I really appreciate that you've wanted to take a part of your time to do so! ^w^
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
You're welcome! The least thing I can do for receiving a llama is giving one back in return. I'm giving out these things way too rarely anyways.
And the fraction of a second it took me to do so really wasn't that large a part of my time after all either. ;)
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VividThought Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, it was well worth it in the end! XD
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Ashravan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthankyouforthellama: :happybounce: :dummy:
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
The least I can do for receiving a llama is give one in return :D
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Ashravan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's great! A llama exchange :D
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Tattorack Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaahh... so YOU'RE the one with the Dragon species back on Nexus Oblivion.
Didn't get a chance to try your costum race though, but once I finished the game with my Khajiit I just might ^^
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Yes, that's me, the lazy one who hasn't made any notable progress at all anymore for 4 years by now.
My free time, due to me being very busy with my job lately, is rather limited currently, as limited is non-existant can be.
There's no time left for my hobby, or any free time activities at all, and I miss my modding so much right now.

It's no loss you didn't get around to try out my race mod so far. There's still so many things missing I was planning to add,
and so much unfinished work left on my drives, not even coming close to a releasable state.

It isn't labeled a 'pre-beta test release' for no reason, and everybody downloading it regardless is becoming voluntary pre-beta tester for me.
Not saying it isn't already fully playable still, and, if user feedback is to be believed, pretty much enjoyable as well to all testers so far.
It's just the unbelievably massive feature lacking is killing me.

I swear, if it wasn't a question of 'release now' or 'lose everything' when my hard-drive died back then, it would've never been released so prematurely.
Oh well, but it can't be helped. I'll be getting it done eventually anyways. For what it's worth, the project at least won't ever be 'dead' before I am.
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Tattorack Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as your heart is still ticking, your loungs are filling with occasionally and your brain still rambles in a certain direction this species will still stay alive!
Anyway, I'm quite patient and can wait ^^
And so are others it would seem.
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Yeah, sadly there are, a lot of people I'm constantly letting down and disappointing by not making any notable progress at all anymore for ages.
They can tell me it's fine and they'll wait patiently as much as they want, but at the end of the day it still feels... just not right.

Luckily I think as long as this story thing is still continuing inside my mind I will be driven to not let this project drop so easily.
Granted, the story's not making as much progress per week anymore as it did in the past, but I'm blaming my sleep deprivation for my lack of dreams for it to go on.

Drake and Kaira are currently held hostage in Lord Daemon Lady Ragna's fortress, which isn't much of a spoiler even as similar occurances already happened repeatedly throughout the story,
but I'm currently not making much progress with them getting free again. Maybe a couple hours of narrated time per week at most right now,
while in the past 4 or 5 years it was almost daily progress every time I was half asleep or dreaming.

That's literally months worth of narrated time I still haven't got around to write down so far. And I fear I'm slowly going to lose my memory of it before that happens.
But yeah, as long as this keeps going on in my mind, so will the drive for me to finish this modding project.

I still have plans for Lady Ragna following Drake and setting foot inside Cyrodiil, in a secluded underground fortress complex,
sending out her improved Shadow Ships over the towns and settlements to capture and imprison useful labor slaves for her terraforming projects.
She's out to 'possess' Drake no matter what, and if it has to be inside another plane of existence, conquering Nirn first before conquering Earth next will make no difference to her.
Lot's and lot's of ideas, as you can see, just no time, or opportunity, to make them become real.
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