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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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:iconghuran:
Ghuran Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
thanks for the watch! :3
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:icondrakethedragon-1980:
DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
You're welcome. It's my pleasure.
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tiffawolf Featured By Owner Edited Dec 24, 2015
happy B-day and merry Xmas my awesome dragon bro

ur B-day and my mothers are just a day a[art XD i just realized that hahah
thatll be easy to remember now
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Thank You!

Yeah, I know, right? It's really easy to remember it's right on Christmas Eve, could explain why it's the only birthday in the family I can actively remember. Blush 

Merry Christmas to You and your family and friends as well! I hope you're having a great time, celebrating much, relaxing some, and most important of all, being with your family and the ones dear to you all the time!Airborne 
I'll be with mine the coming days as well, we're off to my grandma's and uncle's to our old home town a 3 hours drive away from here in a couple hours by now.
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tiffawolf Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
drive safe my friend. theres usually alot of bad traffic during the holidays....makes me worry about my friends the most.

speaking of "worry" my fiance pulled something today hes NEVER pulled and it had me ready to have a freakin panic attack.

we made plans to go eat dinner with his parents but he never called me after work and it was saying "phone service has been discontinued" when i called him.
so naturally i worried, so after an hour past his deadline, i called his brother,mother,father and friends and no one answered for them either accept for his friend jin but he said he hadnt seen or hear from him either.

i was nearly in tears cause i was so damn worried, but after about 3 hours after he didnt show, he FINALLY calls me and says "had to work over, went home to get ready and while i was waiting for my jacket to get done in the dryer, i fell asleep by accident".........god i was so enraged that he never called cause i worried myself sick DX but being christmas and all, i kept my cool and just replied with "least your safe, i was worried"   i know work gets to him sometimes but DAYUM that man can make me worry x(


so yeah....bit hectic today, now im all exhausted and ready for bed lol...i have a feeling tomorrow will be hectic too...big ass family and such little time....

anyways, you take care and i hope ur xmas is a wonderful one :)
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Thank you, it was.

Luckily our travel was as uneventful as always. We know the road very well, this being a more than bi-annual visit routine for years, and the navi always leads us around any obstacles that may pop up.
I've had a fine time at my grandma's and uncle's family these days, lots of delicious meals and fun together until into the night, and we were back again safe and sound right before New Year's Eve.

It wasn't all fun and games as well though, my uncle and his wife aren't exactly in an all to good standing with each other anymore, and it definitely did show when we were sitting together. I pity my girl cousin for what's likely going to happen in future, but there's not much we could do to help prevent it either. All in all we had a pleasant and joyful time together though, and that's what matters at Christmas.

I hope your time the last days of 2015 was as enjoyable and pleasant as mine. Happy New Year 2016 by the way! And may it be less hectic and stressful than the previous.
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Drag0nLaw Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I wonder if you're going to make a Skyrim version of your Dragon race! That would be epic! :icondragonwant:

But for now, the closest thing to getting an anthro dragon was giving Argonians Wings. d.facdn.net/art/skal-tel/13822…
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DrakeTheDragon-1980 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Sadly my free time is currently so limited that I won't ever get a chance to even buy that game, even less so mod it. Quite frankly, right now, I also don't really feel like it. Wasn't exactly enjoying it much when I had the chance to play it on my brother's 360. Can't compete with its predecessors in my eyes. But maybe mods can fix that at least. And maybe I'll finally get the time needed for me to take that step one day. Who knows?

But I'm trying to keep myself up-to-date with Skyrim modding and mods regardless all the while, and I recall there's been far more already than just Argonians with wings by now. I've seen pictures of playable dragon races looking "exactly" like anthropomorphic dovah as well, I just don't know their origins.

(And your link goes to a protected zone where I'm not allowed access to, but chances are whatever it shows I've seen it anyways.)
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Drag0nLaw Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
OK I understand. I haven't played Skyrim in a long time because of study.

Yeah, & the link was to Skal-Tel (probably the only winged Argonian ever known). Here's the mod I'm talking about www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/…?
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:iconvividthought:
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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