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North Sea Dragon by rachaelm5 North Sea Dragon by rachaelm5
This is the very last artwork of 2012!

This is my Secret-Santa project for :icon10-sec-to-draw-a-gun:. He has a Deep Sea Dragon that I used as a point of reference, but as usual I wandered off in a slightly different direction. I did keep the shapes of body parts and scales very close to his original design, but then I went crazy with the colors. As much work as it was, I also really enjoyed this project. I learned how to draw a new type of scale pattern, and I used a bunch of colors that I don't usually use together. Great fun!

Created with watercolor and Prismacolor pencils.
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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I use Prismas and I can never achieve the effects you can...
How do you blend so well?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find that I need a paper surface with a bit of tooth - velum surface is about as smooth as I can go and still get the right blending effects. Smooth surface or hot pressed illustration board tends to be *too* smooth, while medium-toothed drawing paper and cold-pressed illustration board are just right. Velum surface bristol board also works well.

I typically use three or four separate colors for my gradation effects, and I tend to really dig in with the colors so that it's almost like sculpting a layer of very fine clay (though it's wax, of course; the texture makes me think of clay more than anything else). I squish the colors together in several layers until I get the degree of smoothness that I want. There's a lot of back-and-forth to get the shadows dark enough and the highlights light enough to read properly.
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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohhh thanks :D
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Chlorophylltheleaf Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh...wow....OoO
What a amazing artwork....TT^TT
You're so....awesome....;u;
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. This was a very challenging piece because of all those scales, but I like the way it turned out. :D
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Ganjja Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a big fan of you art... so amazing once more !
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And you know that I am a big fan of your art as well. :glomp:
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Ganjja Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a honor <3
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LandGart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
crazy, nice job!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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