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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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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-05-13
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 )
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Starshine1998 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. Your work is just amazing, I couldn't match that ever.
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Starshine1998 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I have managed it. A sketch of Vinyl Scratch.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  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!
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Starshine1998 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry if I sounded a little critical, I have that effect sometimes. Anyway, I have perfected another masterpiece. Would you care to have a look?
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Zaellrin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
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!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconzaellrin:
Zaellrin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome!
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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!!!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That makes two of us.  Colored pencils and carpal tunnel for the win!  :D
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AnnRita45 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, colored pencils yes. carpal tunnel?? not so much...
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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 :-)
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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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Dark-Dragon-13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
NP :)
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nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wish I had a better comment than 'breathtaking'. 
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thank you.  All compliments like that are fine by me.  :D
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Tillinghast23 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy heck... this is amazing!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! 
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OneCrazyCleric Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Okay. Rachael? I stared at this one for about 10 minutes, and then found myself a bit teary-eyed. Lady, why have I not spotted this one before!?? This is BEAUTY!!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly.  I'm really proud of this one, as I managed not to overstep my skill level with my ambition, *and* I made my mom really happy.  I'm glad that you like it a whole lot, too!  :heart:
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OneCrazyCleric Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
<3, as always. Keep artsin', hon!
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

* Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!!:painting: 
Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nš 3. (Best works of the group).:artist:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :D
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CHAMPionofOne Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Astounding. That is the only word that comes to mind when I see this, and even that does not do any sort of justice to your skill. Never before have I seen anyone so thoroughly infuse light itself into their art. This is one of the finest pieces of art I have ever had the joy of viewing. I say that without irony and with utmost sincerity. Bravo, sir, bravo!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words.  This was a marathon of a piece to finish, and I'm glad you like it so much.
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shocakhan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Awesome!!!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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RubyeyesKraftwerks Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow!!!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad ye like it!
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MiaErrianIrielynn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING STYLE! Heart :happybounce: Heart :happybounce: Heart 
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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rolenromanes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is a magnificent work of art! I love your coloring and how you designed your dragons. Great attention to detail and the composition is just perfect! Beautiful work. All the best to you:)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, on all counts.  :D
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Layla1978 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
Amazing!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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BlueDragoon98 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Amazing! This really goes to show that persistence pays off.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks very much!

 

Yes, this one was certainly a marathon of persistence...  Which may be laying it on a bit thick.  ;-)

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IosifChezan Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Superb piece of art! :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :D
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EmisBakery Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Holy smoke on the water. This is superb :wow:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  I'm still proud of the way this piece turned out.  And Mom is happy.  And even Dad is impressed.  :D
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EmisBakery Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Always nice to have the support of your parents on your art ^^
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yipes! This is an insane and insanely gorgeous work of art!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  Definitely one of the most challenging pieces I've done for sheer scope.  I get to do it again with the cool colors, too!
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What is this sorcery?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Tis the magic of colored pencils and a great deal of elbow grease.  :D
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a beautiful art!
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Esseld Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow. This deserves to be mounted on a wall in a fancy restraunt. A huge wall. It's simply wonderful. Well done!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks very much.  This is one of those pieces that would work well as a huge mural too, I think.  Ohhhh, for that much free time!
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Esseld Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Free space can be a problem too :D
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Starkadder Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
absolutely stunning, so much detail to admire!
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