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The Dragon's Wish by DavidHoffrichter The Dragon's Wish by DavidHoffrichter
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The dragon was feared throughout the lands by the villagers, castles, kings, and courts. The beast flew day and night seeking its treasure. One day the dragon landed in a grassy meadow where the trees rolled across the hillsides and the wind blew the wild flowers like an orchestral sea of music. In the distance a lone white sycamore tree stood among the dancing lilies and tulips. A noise came from beneath its heavy branches and the dragon looked silently as it peered ever closer. It moved towards the sound and his eyes met the gaze of a fair maiden who happened not to realize the approaching danger.

The young princess was reading a story of old out loud. Her voice was soft and loving to the dragon's heart. His treasure was found at last. Years of searching for a moment like this was upon him. "Someone who can read! She must teach me!" He thought. Although his thoughts were of joy, in his dragon ways, that joy came out as a grumble of smoke and flame. The young princess suddenly noticed the giant beast from behind the great tree and fell off her stack of books. The fear in her eyes gave no comfort to the dragon.

It was always said that dragons were dumb evil creatures who wanted nothing but gold and gems. This dragon knew of those vile creatures, yet the only treasure he ever wished for were of the stories and adventures found in the books of old.

In a panic, the princess started to run, not knowing the true intent of the animal before her. The dragon, only thinking that this was his one chance at true knowledge, leaped over the great tree and collected the young princess before she could escape. As the dragon flew higher and higher the fair maiden whimpered in fright. They arrived atop the highest peak of the lowland mountains and the golden winged creature gently put her down.

"Let me be!" she roared as one last defense to what she thought would be the impending end of her. He shook his giant head and raised his claw in peace. "I wish you no harm," he said in his most calm breath. "Your voice is the treasure I seek." She looked at the winged beast confused and scared. "My voice?" she replied feeling dizzy. "You can read, I do not know how, and I wish to learn." His voice cried out. "Asking the villagers, only results in their fleeing out of fear that I am there to burn the land."

The princess didn't know what to say, moments ago she thought her life forfeit and now new feelings arose from her. "You took me captive so I may teach you to read?" the girl exclaimed. The whimpering animal puffed out smoke from its nose in agreement. "I would trade anything for such a gift. All of the treasures I have claimed throughout my long life." He finally gave words to his thoughts.

"I Accept." she let out in a sigh. The dragon came back with all of the books that the fair princess left at the great sycamore tree that morning, and began to give the dragon the knowledge he sought.

And so there was an agreement made between the dragon and the princess. She would teach the beast to read and learn. He would offer protection and wealth beyond their farthest dreams. The people of the towns grew to love the dragon they once feared, knowing he was not like others of his kind. True to his word he gave treasures and protection to all the people of the kingdom. And true to her word, the princess arrived each day to teach the dragon his letters.

Spring turned to Summer, Summer to Fall and months into years. The princess grew into a queen of the kingdom, and everyone in the land was safer and more prosperous for many years to come. The lonely beast learned to read, and the queen was his closest friend. The golden winged creature became ever wiser and all was right in the land.

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DrewCarriker6231993 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is excellent!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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andreasrylander Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Professional Filmographer
I love it.
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ChrisStarkiller Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015
I'd choose brains over brawns any day! Great story and great art! ;)
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend!
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Fish-with-a-Knife Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of Dealing With Dragons
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Never heard of that before. I'll take a look.
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gaybiez Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG THE DRAGON IS THE DORKIEST PERSON EVER
I LOVE HIM.
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
haha thank you! :)
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Fnaffanfan20 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
So cool Wonder if he minds being petted or at least patted
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
He's a friendly dragon so he probably wouldn't mind!
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Fnaffanfan20 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Yay ☺️ Anyways this based on our earth or some other world similar to ours? 😝
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sleepykarie91 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a big fan of dragons as much, but this is really good. 
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I appreciate that!
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mikalover139 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
That would be a good fantasy book!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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mikalover139 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
No probs
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Gilraen999 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the story behind this lovely art.
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I enjoy writing stories for my work as much as I do creating them :)
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thymetoread Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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EqFAzrael Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I really loved the story! This could certainly be expanded.
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I love creating stories for my paintings, I'm glad you liked it :)
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Pir8grl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Oh, my...this is *beyond* stunning!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :)
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bronypowasnivyluver Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMIGERSH LOL XD

I thought these two were Shardas and Creel from the Dragon Slippers trilogy! Just a little trip into my mind.


Anyways, great art and story! Very creative! Hope to see more awesome things from you!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't heard of that series but I'll have to check it out! Thank you! :) I hope you enjoy my gallery and future things I post :hug:
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zergkiller Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Very nice painting and story. :)
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Creating the story is just as fun as creating the image :)
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CreatingLoveWithWord Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of Beauty and The Beast. It is my absolute favorite tale, I have seen and read every singe version of it, but this has to be my favorite. Even though she feared him at first, she grew to trust him.
And of course I do love the details you put into this! Beyond amazing!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I was thinking of that story when I created this image. Thank you for the amazing compliment :)
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CreatingLoveWithWord Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) I really do love the correlation!
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AnaShadowWolf Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. I'm really speechless
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm happy you like this one, it is one of my favorites :)
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AnaShadowWolf Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is beautiful. And the story is amazing as well.
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OctaviaRayne Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Amazing, it conveys so much emotion so wonderfully
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! it is one of my favorites
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xXMusic-MuseXx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very nice. I like the detail and the coloring. :)
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Kelly. I really appreciate your interest in my paintings, however, right now I do not license my work for other projects. Thanks again!
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TwiztedWonderland Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to share this on FB. I credited a link back to you if that's okay. :) This was so beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. And no I'm not exaggerating. I've been kind of emotional lately........ ^_^
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thank you for sharing! I always appreciate it. I'm glad my piece was able to strike feelings for you. Being emotional is perfectly fine! :) :hug:
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Deathninja50 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the detail...! This is a great picture!
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks man! One of my personal favorites :)
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SeraphimEarl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Just simply WOW. And you learned this all by yourself? WOW
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've been training with ~yaamas since I was very young. I can thank him for much of my training! Although over the last few years I have been developing and learning my own techniques and styles :)
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SeraphimEarl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Since how old?

I'm 17 turning 18 and I'm just starting. Well i have my mother to drop some tips and such but it's still hard.
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DavidHoffrichter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be deceptive for me to say I've been painting most of my life (which I have in some form) because it wasn't until my late teens (like yourself) that I started to take it very seriously where I thought I want to make a go at this.

I'm 27 now, and have been seriously painting since I started college at 18/19. So I've been studying art on a more serious level since 18 - 20 :) I hope that puts some light onto it! However, it hasn't been until the last couple of years where I found my own style and started putting personality into my work :hug:
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