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The idea for this one came to me after my Bucephalus workstation had finished a
particularly long render. This is how I feel moving from working
on my laptop to working on my main
machine 😉

This one really belongs with “Year of the Dragon” and “Dragon’s Gold” since I started the project around the same time. I just took me a little bit longer to finish.

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49 reviews for Unchained

  1. John

    I love that you have been doing more works with creatures in your renders. I’m partial to Dragons too. Keep up the great work.

  2. Rankin

    I don’t know sir, I’m just not feeling this rendition. Your lighting is good and the clouds and planets in the background are so characteristic of your artistic skill, but the dragon itself isn’t the best and the man in the bottom right I feel could have a more proportional axe. It just doesn’t seem proportional. Also the grain texture in your rocks….it doesn’t feel to real. Your a creative artist and I have all of your art, but this one isn’t your best.

  3. Joe

    On the triple 16:9 (5760×1080), the bottom is cut off to the point where the guy with the axe is standing on nothing.

    Otherwise, this looks awesome!

  4. Thom

    Really awesome, love the fantasy theme. The dragon looks great. Why do rocks always look so bad in your renders? Limitation of the software? They’re so grainy and flat looking.

  5. scottt

    Love your work that at times moves toward the SF or Fantasy genres, excellent imagery. Top notch!!!!!!

  6. scottt

    Love your work that at times moves toward the SF or Fantasy genres, excellent imagery. Top notch!!!!!!

  7. Chris B

    Love it, the lighting effects are awesome. I like the added color of the trees, but the composition with the clouds gives the scene that much more, like others have said, I picture this guy climbing a huge mountain to release the dragon and we can only guess his reasons.

  8. Chris

    I love the dragon subject matter. I feel like the first one is in a cave up in the mountains. The pickle jar version seems like a cave on the ground with the trees. I do like the added color in the pickle jar version but feel that it takes away from the “unchained” part of the image. Great Work!!

  9. Matt

    Hi Ryan, Love the imagery here. Would be great to see a pickle jar version without the guy and dragon.

    Thanks and keep it up!

  10. Chris

    Love them both, but the color of the pickle jar version feels better …

  11. Ryan

    I thought about dirtying up the chain, but I was afraid it wouldn’t stand out enough if I did.

  12. robk4

    Almost there… the chain needs tweaking. It seems a bit too shiny, unless the dragon was just chained and the captor had second thoughts. A rust finish, with specks of clean metal at the breaking points might do the trick. Just an opinion, though. The rest of the composition is awesome.

  13. Scott

    Anyone else notice a red smilie face looking down at the dragon? Maybe it’s just me. But looks like the profile of a smilie face.

  14. elharks

    Glad you did it! Great sharpness and shade contrasts! It looks super at 2880×1800 on my retina MacBook Pro display. It’s a 10.

  15. Ryan

    Thanks! The dragon in this scene was indeed set free.

  16. Kelton

    I too like the pickle jar version with more color. These are absolutely great. Great look, so.. did he leet it loose, or did it escape him..

  17. Zach

    This is a great image. I agree with Trav, though, that I would love the pickle jar variation in multiscreen.



  18. PMvanova

    I agree with Brandi, it has more of a remote dragon cave feel to it. Trees are nice… but it closes in the view more and the idea is that you feel unchained, open and free. (Also brings to mind Dragonheart one of my favorite movies.)

  19. Brandi U.

    The original has me imagining the man had to climbing really high to find the dragon and release him.

  20. Trav

    Please make the new render with the green multi-screen!

  21. Lizzy

    I love the addition of the greenery to the scene, however I do think it takes away from the impact of the person with the raised ax.

  22. Brian

    Very dynamic. Love the framing and perspective. The end of the broken chain in your face is great. The bad clouds in the lower left, not so much.

  23. Linda

    I like it better with the added color. Nice job!

  24. Ryan

    Rendering the multiscreen now. I still prefer the first version myself though…

  25. Ryan

    Perhaps I should have titled it “TGIF!”.

  26. Marni

    This is exactly how I feel every Friday at 5pm! I quite like the muted tones, it’s a nice counterpoint to the subject.

  27. grant

    Good concept, but needs more…color, maybe? Like the sleeping dragon one. Composition is too basic (you’ve set the bar very high for yourself!)

  28. Cougs

    Oh yes, yes, yes !!!!! I have been waiting for ages for one of your fantasy works. Just brilliant ! This is why I’m a lifetime member….

  29. Brandi U.

    This one is especially amazing. Love, love, love the lighting. I also thought of Skyrim when I saw it.

  30. kellzilla

    Ignore all the idiots trying to force real world physics on a F*****G DRAGON. IT’S A DRAGON. It can use MAGIC to hold itself up! Shut up!


  31. SoulLifter

    As an avid Skyrim player, I give this a 10! Great job Ryan. Gonna make this my desktop and boot up the game.

  32. Ryan

    Those links are up now. Thanks!

  33. Chris

    Awesome. Wondering if the iPad mini / iPad 2 versions are in the works

  34. Isaac

    Ryan – Really cool wallpaper. Although it’s probably unrelated, Van Halen was the first thing I thought of when I saw the title.

    Chris & RC – You mean like a bee? (-:

  35. Chris

    I like it. Its a nice break from the early-starting seasonal wallpapers. One thing I might say though is certainly make the wigs bigger and the tail smaller or thinner. Being a budding zoologist, I can tell you this thing would never be able to fly based on its wing-to-body aspect ratio.

  36. Littlemom

    I love it, and it’s totally different from anything else you’ve done. Love it Love it!!!

  37. Yvan


    As everyone should be.

  38. Ryan

    Not sure how that one went missing but it is there now. Sorry!

  39. ccookman

    Great picture. If a 480×800 mobile wallpaper could be done as well, that would be cool for my phone. In any event, I’ll be waiting patiently for the dualscreen renders for my PC!

  40. Ryan

    I moved her closer to the edge (further from the camera.

  41. Nico

    Isn’t the size of the “warrior” looking a little small against those big chains? But wow makes me want to explore this world. Thanks and another good job.

  42. RC

    The creatures wings seem too small for it to fly. Also wouldn’t mind seeing a version without the characters.

  43. Ryan

    Glad you like it! I doubt it I will remove the cavern however. I wanted to “frame” the scene.

  44. Hoverwolf1

    Cool theme; evocative image; beautiful overall. But, will we see more of this planet, or the one overhead?

  45. Kevin

    I love how beautiful the sky is, it feels so majestic! Keep these awesome wallpapers coming!

    Also, I was wondering if there will be a resolution for the Nexus 10, this would be a nice one to add!

  46. David

    A lifetime member and fan since I found this place in 2002. I must say this is one of your best, and the sense of perspective it offers is draw-dropping.

  47. Scott

    I really like it – love how crisp and sharp everything is, yet the shows as sheer yet powerful – very cool image!

    No iPad resolution?

  48. ccookman

    Ryan – many thanks for tracking down the 480×800 pic! C.

  49. Nate R. [nonmonthly]

    Take me far far away from real life problems and transport me to a world where Dragons assist me battle pragmatic characters!

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