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Harmony of Bone and Water 03 color by rachaelm5 Harmony of Bone and Water 03 color by rachaelm5
I've been meaning to get back to this one for... seven years now.  Finally did so.  The black and white drawing was done as a trade with Biorave back in 2010.

I used watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, a mother-of-pearl cabochon, and acrylic "water drop" embellishments.

Here's the black and white version:
Harmony of Bone and Water 03 by rachaelm5


The original art is actually a hand-colored print of the black and white art.  It's one-of-a-kind, and is considered as an original creation.

Original art: available for $75; shipping included in US.

Matted prints (shipping included in US):
5x7 for $10
8x10 for $15
11x14 for $30
16x20 not available.
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mayle128 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty. Love the mix of cool colors having a hint of warm to stand out.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ChimeraDreams Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017   Traditional Artist
This really caught my eye in the thumbnail - beautiful work! 
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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ChakotayDgryphon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the blues. :aww: My wrist hurts just thinking about the work done on all those deep shadows on each individual scale. :dead: Beautiful piece!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!

After some of the huge pieces I've done - with scales, with colored pencils - pictures like this aren't too much trouble any more.  ;-)
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MaximumOverdrive Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've probably asked you this before, but I have horrible memory lol.  How do you scan your stuff?  Do you have a very high quality scanner at home, or do you take it somewhere else to get it professionally scanned?  I've been trying to scan some of my colored stuff in and my scanner just can't seem to get the colors picked up cleanly like you have.

Also, as usual, beautiful artwork!  You're always an inspiration for coloring!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Yes, I think you have asked before.  But!  I have the same problem, and have no issue answering questions again.

I do my own scanning.  I use a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II.  It has an ~8.5x11 scan bed, and it handles 3D objects like a champ.  The less expensive models like you can get at office supply stores don't handle 3D well at all.  If the paper isn't flat, these cheapies don't have the depth of field necessary to handle it.  I also do some tweaking of the colors in Photoshop.  The scanner, though it does a good job, sometimes misses out on some of the vibrancy of the colors.
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MaximumOverdrive Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL thanks for taking the time to answer again!

Interesting...I currently have an Epson Perfection V39, and it does a great job with black and white stuff, but it just seems to have a hard time picking up colors, or just melds all the pencil strokes together into a big blah.  I end up losing a lot of details in my colored stuff because of it.  I'll have to look at your scanner tho!
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bezzalair Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Oh! What a pretty fish~ <3 Gorgeous colors~
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

A bit of betta, a bit of koi, a bit of turtle-dragon too, I think...  ;-)
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bezzalair Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
That's a neat combo!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors and the flowing effect of the fins!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!  I absolutely love the three dimensional effect this has, especially in the fins and scales.  Great colors too, love blue and gold!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

It's not just an effect - there actually is a hole cut into the middle of the foreground.  I've become enamored of layered stuff.  ;-) 
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Idigoddpairings Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Gorgeous work!!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Panartias Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Turned out beautiful - sometimes it takes time!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

What takes time is finding the free time to get back to a project!  I had to take a break from commissions so that I could get back to some of these artworks that have been sitting in my "desperately need to do" pile.  ;-)
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