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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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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 )
Tillinghast23 Jan 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy heck... this is amazing!
rachaelm5 Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! 
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!!!
rachaelm5 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:
<3, as always. Keep artsin', hon!
roundtower 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:
rachaelm5 Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :D
CHAMPionofOne 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!
rachaelm5 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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