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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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:iconaquashiram14:
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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:iconrachaelm5:
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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:iconrachaelm5:
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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:iconganjja:
Ganjja Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a honor <3
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
crazy, nice job!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SolarLugia Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colour and detail in this dragon!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :-)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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Faithfeather Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
very kewl :3 really like this :D
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Faithfeather Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
your welcomes x3 *showers you with cookies* 8D!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconthewolverinecello:
TheWolverineCello Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Stunning!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheWolverineCello Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
:)
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:iconkynamh:
Kynamh Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My hand hurts looking at this since I associate coloring with pencils with pain. It's a beautiful picture. Very nice SeSa gift!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Whimper-LOL - Yes, I do end up with a sore drawing hand and arm by the end of this kind of project, but I looooooove the results.
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dragon121223 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
amazing beautiful brilient! :D
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :-)
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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an1m8r Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Fantastic, all the wings and frills remind me of one of those lionfish
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I used a scorpionfish and the dragonets as my points of departure, and the scorpionfish in particular has those fin-rays on its dorsal fins, though they're not as exaggerated as the lionfish fins are. I think if I'd used a larger format I would have gone more lionfishy. I might try a design like this again and do some fin experiments. ;-)
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!

¡Feliz Año nuevo 2003! :iconcelebration1plz::iconcelebration2plz:

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!

Happy New Year 2013! :iconhnyplz:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! I shall submit my best works as I create them. :-)
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconinloveglomp-plz:
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CeruleanHeavens Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooooaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh :heart:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks. :D
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CeruleanHeavens Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!! :D
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What an amazing dragon art!! Breathtaking! :clap:
Happy New Year, Rachael :party:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Happy New Year to you, as well.
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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BlackWolf721 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
???
That seems more bird than dragon, but then again....
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Those wing and dorsal frills do give it a bit of an avian effect, don't they? I meant them to read kind of "finny", too, like fish fins. :-)
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BlackWolf721 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
*Whistles* the colors on that thing.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's an unusual combination, that's for sure. I wanted to see if I could get both "fish" and "dragon" to combine well; I used a couple of dragonet/scorpionfish types as my points of departure. :-)
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
It worked out very well.
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bleuie Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work as always! :iconclapplz:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Fregatto Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is truly amazing! So many details!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Yamina20 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a well done piece, I feel that the hand/ claw just below his chin is bad placement for the shape of the creature and the design.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I had second thoughts about the placement of the hand behind the chin. However, I needed something dark behind the chin so that its light colors would show up better. I will figure out different ways to do this with new pictures, next time. :-)
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