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Dragons of Every Dawn final by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn final by rachaelm5
Edit: Thank you guys for the DD! That's very awesome!

This monster of a project represents most of a year's work. Each dragon took about twenty hours to complete, give or take, and all the bits and bobs in the background took about twenty hours, too. I spread it out throughout 2012 and this year just so I wouldn't go completely crazy (and so that my drawing arm could rest!).

This is part 1 of a commission for my parents. Mom said she didn't have a favorite color, as she likes all of my Stone Dragon designs, so I thought I would try something really, really ambitious and do the twelve basic colors in the color wheel. That meant that I would need twelve different dragon designs, so I decided to use the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Pictured here are the snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat. The cool colors will have the other six animals. :D

This picture is the absolute largest colored pencil project I have ever done. It is 18 x 36 inches.

Yes, ALL of the coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils. I went through one and a half black pencils on the background alone. I also used gold paint pen throughout, and it shimmers when I turn it in the light.

I also used a lot of shiny rocks and other things: There's bronzite, carnelian, two different kinds of agate, and goldstone. I also used white and gold freshwater pearls, plastic and metal beads, and a boatload of sticky-backed rhinestones.

What you see here is a digital composite of a traditional medium artwork. I scanned in the drawing before I added the embellishments, and it required ten scans to get all of the dragons in there. I then scanned each of the stones and other bits, then placed them onto the assembled dragon image.

I'm glad it's all done now... Cuz' it's time to do it all again in COOL COLORS! :w00t!:

Progress shots for the curious:

Dragons of Every Dawn wm rough by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn YG by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn YG, Y by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn YG, Y, YO by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn YG, Y, YO, O by rachaelm5 Dragons of Every Dawn WIP: YG, Y, YO, O, RO by rachaelm5

More from the Stone Dragon series (of which this is a close cousin) may be seen in the Stone Dragon Gallery Folder.

Matted Prints (shipping included in US):
5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches for $50
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The suggester said: rachaelm5 has poured so much into this artwork and the result is stunning! Dragons of Every Dawn final by *rachaelm5 ( Suggested by SamuraiDragon and Featured by Astralseed )
Starshine1998 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Awesome. Your work is just amazing, I couldn't match that ever.
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

This is the result of about twenty years of practice and trial and error.  I bet you could get there; you just have to keep going!
HeatherSchoff Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist
I remember faving this piece when I seen it come up on the DD but I do not know if I ever said how magnificent the details are in it! Congratulations and fantastic work!
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
HeatherSchoff Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
You are very welcome!
AnnRita45 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and this is why i support drawing wih colored pencils so much...nice work man!!!
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes two of us.  Colored pencils and carpal tunnel for the win!  :D
AnnRita45 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, colored pencils yes. carpal tunnel?? not so much...
Dark-Dragon-13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
when i first saw this picture i that it was done all on a computer, But all done by hand in colored pencils this is incredible! Very nice work wow :-)
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm an old-fashioned artist that way.  I still like to work with messy media whenever I can.  Thanks!
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