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Predator: Dragon Blade color by rachaelm5 Predator: Dragon Blade color by rachaelm5
Character drawing for :icongodzilla15:.

...And a lovely excuse to play with dragons and blue fire. :D

Done with ink and Polychromos pencils.
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:icondastierlockjaw:
DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw man, I love your pred art! Id love to see you draw Kyra, maybe Kaan'te, Mekka and her xenomorph companion as well. Should have fun with Kaan'tes colors at least hehe.

Keep up the great work!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps we can work out a Trade some time next year. I've a full plate right now, but I do love to work with other people's characters. :-)
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ShadowShredder Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o
........awesome
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank'ya. :D
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:iconshadowshredder:
ShadowShredder Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome I love the detail you put in it
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:iconrakaithwei:
RakaiThwei Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Awesome!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's an old drawing, but strangely enough, it's one I still like. ;p
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MacroRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
@_@ Daaaang. Your skill with colour is thousands of years beyond what I'm at. Just wonderful. You make them look good in martial arts poses. Didn't think it was entirely possible but here they are.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, too kind. I've just been plugging away at it for about twenty years. I should like to SEE what I can do in another millenium or so. ;-)

I use martial arts and dance photography as my reference points for nearly all of my figurative work, and for my Predator drawing in particular. I like to draw muscles, and I like to draw exaggerated poses without necessarily going all comic-book-steroid-pumped-super-hero on the ideas. :D
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:iconmacroraptor:
MacroRaptor Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Well it's doing wonders for your work, keep it up. They're great. =D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I shall. "Books of DANCERS!" is a mainstay on my Christmas list. :D
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blacktyphoon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I like the originality of the armor and the predator's face. Me too I drew a predator, can you give me a comment?
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I feel that this Predator is more ordinary than most of my others. The light and color were fun to draw. :-)
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GabbyTronRulez Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow....i don't want to be around that pred! XDDD let's hope we don't singe hair!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I have to wonder is how he can see... Predators see in the infrared spectrum, based on what the first movies showed us. Yet this guy uses a fire-based weapon... ;-)
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GabbyTronRulez Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is a great question! :lmao: i never thought about that. wouldn't it be hard adapting to that sort of vision? what if they bump into stuff:rofl: maybe it is cold fireXDDD jk
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Demorta Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
cool XD
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank'ee. :-)
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Demorta Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
np ^^
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
I'd hit that... :eyes:
Anyway, awesome work (as usual)! I don't know how to color...
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks.

Learning to color is just a matter of looking at the colored stuff you like and trying to mimic the effects. You might start with cel-style shading, which tends to be a bit simpler. Or just study the paintings and illustrations that you like - in minute detail. That's how I figured stuff out, too. :-)
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Ooh! I love cel-shading! That's why I like Zelda- Wind Waker so much!

Ugh... If I'd've known patience was involved with coloring... Eh... I'll stick to what I usually do!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes... You'll need several shot-glasses full of patience. Even if it's just in fifteen-minute intervals (which is sometimes what I'm stuck with), as long as you're working at it, the color knowledge will come to you. I've been hard at it for almost twenty years, and I know there are always new tricks and effects to learn. Don't pay attention to the passage of time. Only pay attention to what you can do at the end of the day that you couldn't do when you woke up. ;-)
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X-A-N-A Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
SEVERAL SHOT GLASS- :iconohnoesplz:
Man...
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dragonstar10 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
WOW. It turned out excellent. I love the reflections of the blue on his skin. The fire dragon is beautiful!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! The dragon actually took more time to color than the Predator... I had to go through and modulate the blues quite a bit to get it to read the way I wanted it to. :-)
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dragonstar10 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
You're welcome.
All your hard work really paid off!
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Predbabe1 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Awsome work! Very well done. :D ^-^
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Soft though the colors are, I'm pretty pleased with the way he turned out. Truly, I prefer a bit more of a riot in my color palette. :D
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Predbabe1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Student General Artist
Whatever kind of color you use your art still rocks! Hope to see more of it! :D
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragons and Predators, a combination to both of my favorites. =D

I want to know how you make the ink lines around the characters thick.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I use several different sizes of pens when I do my inking. I go over the pencil lines with a thin-tipped pen first, then I erase the pencil. I go over the parts that I want to emphasize or bring forward with a much thicker pen.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. So that's how you made the lines around the figure thicker.
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Teh-Big-P Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
The color just adds to what I said before. Be damn cool if the Yautja has some kind of shamanistic order.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The fan base has pretty much filled in that gap. Gods-gifts and magic and psychic powers - all that stuff that rounds out a culture properly. Too bad the comics and novels haven't played with it very much, though. I've been waiting fifteen years for some canon Predator black magic to shake things up a bit. :D
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JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome details and illumination! Looks great!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! He was fun to do and pretty quick, too. :D
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Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Kung Fu predeator? 0_0?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly!

The fan-written stories have Predators of all kinds. Lots of people like to give Predator characters special powers such as Kung Fu Dragon Fire... :D
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WhiteFoxDK Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, it'd be interesting if they really did have chinese dragons on their home planet XD
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I imagined things substantially more alien (well, I would have if I'd thought a little harder about it first!) - great reptilian-insectoid critters with lots of layered mouthparts, or something fun like that. :D
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WhiteFoxDK Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh yes, very fun XD
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TheTuscany Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
W-O-W :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks. :D
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9ge Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
I love the way blue looks coming off the predator armour to form the dragon. Any plans to draw it mask would be cool with some kind of dragon designed.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I didn't plan a mask for this one, though the dragon motif would probably be a good idea. :-)
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful job with the blue light that shines on the Predator and I do like the pose. ^^
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome^^
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
i love the detail in the Predators face. theyre so tricky ^^; the blue of it all looks great too.
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