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Lapis Lazuli Breeze color variant by rachaelm5 Lapis Lazuli Breeze color variant by rachaelm5
Colored version of my own lineart:
Lapis Lazuli Breeze lineart by rachaelm5

I wanted to try a totally different color range for this particular dragon.  Originally all in cool blues and silver, this time it's a volcanic twilight theme.  I had quite a lot of fun with this one - the coloring process wasn't nearly as intense as the Opal dragons have been, but it's definitely more complex than the early Stone Dragons with a gradation scheme that shifts all along the body between purple, magenta, and carmine red.  

Colored mostly with the extinct Spectracolor pencils, plus Prismacolor black in the background.


Original art:  sold.

Matted prints (shipping included in US):
5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches not available.




Original color version:
Lapis Lazuli Breeze by rachaelm5

Yeah, huge difference!
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:iconhaydaad:
Haydaad Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Wonderful drawing. Fantastic attention to detail and an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing.

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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  
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:iconfiliana:
Filiana Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Wooow, this is so amazing :wow:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfiliana:
Filiana Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
No problem ;)
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would call this one fire opal hahaha!  I love the bright bold colors and the use of contrasting colors as well.  Also, I like the simple tough of 3D gems in the mix as well!  So, do you use india ink (or something like that) to stain the background black?  Or do you do that in post processing?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's definitely no longer "lapis lazuli".  It's just the line design that I used for the original Lapis Lazuli Breeze, which was all in blues.

I used Prismacolor pencils for the black background.  It's a texture thing with me.  India ink always winds up looking blotchy for me, but the colored pencil, though it takes a lot of effort, gives me the best-looking results.  :-)
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wasn't saying you named it wrong, I was just saying that what I would call it!  ;)

Wow, I know what it's like to shade a whole section darkly with prismacolors... :clap: 
Thanks for the info :hug:
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Whoa
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconlucyfaerie:
LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Gorgeous colors!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
You're welcome!
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rolenromanes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's it. I am not going to draw again. You're awesomeness is killing me and makes me want to cry and sit in the corner and listen to the ballad music of Barry Manilow and Air Supply. LOL jk
Rachel, I love love love your coloring. It's hard for me to tell which one is colored better, the original or this one... both of them are terrific. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhhh no you don't!  You get right back out on that drawing board.  You do fantastic stuff what with all those feather textures and everything.  I just scrub at the paper with colored pencils and hope for the best.  ;-)

I like both versions of this dragon, too.  I intended them to be very different from one another so that they both would stand up well on their own.  

Thanks again for your kind compliments.  
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Mindroller Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Exellent!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconanavi-ivy:
Anavi-Ivy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student
it's so amazing :love:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Silver-Glazed-Donut Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bold and beautiful! Your work uses wonderful and appealing colors! :love:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing details and gorgeous vibrant colours! I love the blue version, too :heart:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  
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:iconmayumiogihara:
MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
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:iconagent-sarah:
Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this version better than the original...hell, they both look awesome with the clashing colors!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

While both versions have merits, I'm keen on the complex color scheme of the new version.  I love throwing "sunset" themed schemes together.  :-)
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Dark4Kuran Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
wonderful!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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nocturnaliss Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know which one I like better... the original seems to have more depth, but this one's colour scheme is simply superb - lively. And I just noticed the gem on his wing ^^ he's definitely beautiful.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent; I'm glad that both versions have merits that are appealing.  I'm glad you like them!
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bezzalair Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Oh nice coloring on this one! I like the blue belly scales along side the red body scales. Has a neat look to it. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.  I thought that might work as a nice contrast.  :D
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thatpandabitca Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous dragon. :3
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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thatpandabitca Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Beautiful :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :-)
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
I think I like this coloration better. It's easier to see the details in his face and the purple is a lovely accent too!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's also been done six years later, so there's some skill increase at work too.  Thanks!
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Kityria Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow La la la la   That's a lot of detail!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I love me some details.  :boogie:
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
WOW! May i ask? How long does it take you to create an stunning image like this? If you are too busy to answer, i understand...;p
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The original drawing took about six hours.  Inking takes about four hours.  Coloring on this version took about ten hours.  :-)
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for answering my question. I am intrigued with the colors you used, they harmonize well...someone knows colors well! So impressed
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That little color wheel thingy that we studied in elementary school actually turned out to be useful...  ;-)

Actually, I had some color theory in college and found through practice and experiments that I really like double-split complementary color schemes for just about everything I do.  It takes me some effort to break out of that schematic in my mind if a picture calls for anything else.  Earth tones?  AUUUUURGH!  Hard work! - Whereas this crazy scheme is a no-brainer.  
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
I know nothing about colors, i generally go by my intuition and my eyes! When i see a complicated image with layers of colors, i have always wondered how does one learn that...thanks for the tip on the color wheel...(wish i went to school in America, even for one day...)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here is a good, simple diagram that talks about the color schemes I like to use:  www.signsforsandiego.com/Porta…

I made a quick search for "color schemes" in Google and found many, many different resources, so there's information out there for you!  Also, it's very good to trust your intuition and your eyes when it comes to color.  It may take some experimenting to figure out how to get an effect that you like, but your eyes will almost always help you figure out what works well and what doesn't.  :-)
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
You are very kind! Thank you so much for the link and your advise. I appreciate it deeply.
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