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Ryuu by Falconsong Ryuu by Falconsong
This is my other largest piece, other than One calm moment/Gryphon. This is Ryuu (Dragon). Hes a fire dragon in flight and his wings, without light shining through them look black, but get light coming through it and theyre actually a gorgeous purple swirl textured glass. Hes got a machine rolled glass red glass that has a texture on it for his body that gives him scales and a fiery yellow glass on his belly, Opalescant glass for the border. As a special treat theres a round bevel nested around the tip of his tail that has the kanji for "Dragon" etched onto it. (kinda hard to see in the picture) I love this guy. Please tell me what y'all think!

Image and design/glass pattern Copyright Heather 'Falconsong' Howard. Please do not copy, alter, reproduce or redistribute under pain of something far worse than death. ^^

Medium: Stained Glass (Copper Foil/ Tiffany method) with acid etched Bevel
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SenatorMars Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This piece is so reflective of who you are. It's boring, it takes NO chances, and overall you took a rather bland, common design and managed, by using the most boring glass you could find, to make sure it stayed as bland as ever.
the-flying-scot Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Oh you are awful...and I don't like you!!

I have looked at your gallery and have a bucket of shards you can use any time.

Troll off!

Falconsong keep up the good work... I like it!
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! It is in fact a reflection of who I am. Dragons are a large part of how I view myself- strong, devoted, dedicated and with wings to help them soar. I'm sorry you feel that using Uruboros, Kokomo, Freemont, and Youghiogheny glass is boring- I use whatever glass is well made and gives the effect I need for the project I'm working on. Given that you use many of these glasses in your work as well, particularly Youghiogheny, maybe you should cease to use them too, since you consider them boring and bland. What glass would you consider using in their place?
BaKeR02 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013   Photographer
Interesting that SenatorMars is calling your ORIGINAL work bland and boring while HE asks other artists for their work for his stain glass pieces. I GUESS THE REAL CHANCE TAKER IS THE ONE THAT USES OTHER ARTISTS WORK.
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for standing up for me, I appreciate it. However, I'm not insulted.  My original work is all my work and he's entitled to find it boring and not to his taste. It won't hurt my feelings. Everyone has their own tastes, and these happen to be mine (and also apparently the tastes of the person who purchased this window).  However, I'm also not insulted because all his windows are traced, not his own design. He's taken the artwork from the game or series and simply traced the image and added the appropriate breaklines to translate that image into stained glass. It doesn't take much skill as an artist or talent to translate a tracing into stained glass. Anyone can do that- the real skill (and for me the challenge and pleasure) comes in designing your own, original work.

Case in point:
Paper Mario -
The original image from the game art from Nintendo:

The original image:

Mega man:
The original game art:

Image from the game:

I have little respect for "artists" who don't do their own work, like drawing their own glasswork.  He claims to be "innovative" but by taking the original art and just tracing it for glasswork, it's little more than taking a stained glass pattern from google, building it then calling it "original work." So, if this piece is reflective of who I am as he says, what do his traced designs have to say about him?
SenatorMars Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Booring, get back to the point, copyright infringement.
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, your Iron Man stained glass is copyright infringement. Ryuu is my own design, "boring" as you say it is- made from my own creativity and not someone elses.
SenatorMars Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
you still can't explain what copyright infringement is. Who holds the copyright? You don't know what you're talking about.
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hold the copyright for my artwork, Ryuu, because I created it. As for your work, Cellophane-S is the copyright holder. He created it and you traced over it to create your stained glass. I'm getting very tired of responding to your rude, petty and childish comments and will no longer respond to this thread and am simply reporting you to DA instead.
SenatorMars Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, he's not the copyright holder, I'll tell you why, and I'll try to explain it like I would to a 5 year old. Cellophane-S created a derivative work based of images of the works of others. That's entirely derivative and that means that he receives NO COPYRIGHT protection. If I though you could understand it I'd tell you to look up the case law. I only asked him if I could use his piece as a reference out of common courtesy, but he has no rights to that image at all. It's not his in the lease. However, when I used his image, as well as others, to create a stained glass window, I created a transformative work. The first of it's kind to ever be done, and because my work was transformative, I hold the copyright for that design. So if you continue to attempt to convince people to have my work taken down and continue to slander my work, that's actionable and I have no problem establishing the I hold the copyright to this pattern for the stained glass window.

Once again, you don't know what you're talking about and you're in over your head.
MyntKat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This deviation has been featured in the Glass Week Feature - Fiery Glass. :)
Falconsong Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, wow! Thank you! It's an honor. ^^
l1vethedream Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Wow, this is incredible.

I love the colours within this. Sometimes glass work has unneccessary and strange lines which connects the image together, however this doesn't and the image flows really well.

I also really like the purple glass around the outside of the image, I think that looks wonderful.
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I dislike having lines in an image that do not support the image. you need break lines in it to make sure the glass doesn't have stress in it and to be able to cut the shape, but many times artists won't put the breaks in places that support the overall theme. I'm glad you think that the breaks in mine work well. ^^
Roach88 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool and nicley done! love the colours!
DraveDragonheart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yay for stained glass...this is the 1st stained glass art ive seen and it looks great very well done for the way it came out and using different media =D
Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
holy cow! you made that! great job! :D :clap:
tyshadragon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Hiya, just a little message to let you know this piece of work has been featured in Issue 26 of the art blog Devious Dragons [link] :)
Falconsong Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
OO* Wow! Thank you ^^
Rukachi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
Your dragons are great :D I have done only one dragon lamp with copper foil, but it looks kinda silly xD
Zhon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really cool!
I love the way you made the fiery belly!
Falconsong Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thankx ^^ The yellow read glass is hard and therefore tricky to cut --* couldnt see score lines!
JadeDragonSoul Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Stunning! I would buy it in an instant if I had a place to put it...along with money of course. Beautiful job, I love the yellow and red belly along with the wings!
siskin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, I like the dragon's pose.
Mad-Jester356 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing. I wish I had the money to buy it.
iridisix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
gorgeous... i love stained glass.
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