This is a commission/trade piece for my sister. She likes my Stone Dragons and wanted me to do a quetzlcoatl-themed pair using ruby and peridot as the stone bases (her husband's and her birthstones, respectively). The trick was to keep the picture from coming across as too "Christmassy", since I'd planned from the beginning to work in a lot of gold with the red and green. The addition of a good deal of blue addressed this issue nicely.
The color work was done entirely with Prismacolor pencils, and there are Swarovski crystals on the dragons' foreheads.
Image size: 12x18 inches.
Original art: sold.
Matted prints, edition of 150 (shipping included in US):
16x20 inches for $50
11x14 inches for $30
8x10 inches for $15
5x7 inches for $10
The progress shots were less to show technique and more to reassure my sister that even though she hadn't heard from me in weeks, I was still alive and working on her project.
I do use a shading progression on individual sections, usually starting with a small area so as to test out the particular color range that I plan to use. I want to see if what I can do with the pencils will match or trump the color scheme I see in my head, and if it works, I then progress with the dark-to-light value range throughout the whole area that will have that particular color. Whatever color range will dominate the picture, I usually color that - in full - first. Then I plan everything - shading, highlighting, and contrast - around that color. In this case, it was actually the green dragon's body that drove the color scheme, even though I did her wings first. I just kept that bright yellow-green in my mind's eye while working on the other areas and testing out the other color combinations I wanted to try to use.
No lightbox for me - The original pencil drawing is on the illustration board designated for the project. I erase the pencil lines as I go, and clean up, change, or eliminate lines as I go as well. The extra time spent drawing clean linework has never struck me as necessary for this kind of project since I'll just end up changing things anyway.
Yes! Go draw Day-Glo!