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Shadowgorge 02: Worldbreaker, Worldmaker by rachaelm5 Shadowgorge 02: Worldbreaker, Worldmaker by rachaelm5
Edit:  I went over the whole picture with a matte spray varnish.  The super-shiny effect of the original varnish really was too much for this picture - I was losing track of the dragon!  Now I think it works quite a bit better.  At least, it's a little easier to differentiate between the rocks and the dragon's body.  

My friend at work is as much a rockaholic as I am.  He has a twelve-pound tumbler, so he is able to polish some pretty big slabs and chunks - lately he's been keen on petrified wood.  In the process of tumbling, a lot of little pieces break off.  He wasn't sure what to do with them, but didn't want to throw the little pebbles away, so he asked me if I could make use of them.  

Why yes, I can *always* make use of rocks in my art projects.  I tried very hard not to drool over his offering.

I stared at the bag of rocks for about five minutes, and then an image of Shadowgorge, complete with a twirling mass of those lovely petrified wood pebbles, popped into my head.  

The background is watercolor and India ink.  The main image (moons, stars, mountains, and dragon) I made with Prismacolor pencils.  I adhered the rocks to the picture with about half a cup of acrylic gloss varnish.  It is SUPER SHINY.  Also, there are some random bits of gravel and a couple of goldstones.  

I made this piece primarily for a city-wide art exhibit/competition that will be happening later this summer; it's the arts version of the Corporate Challenge.  I'm one of a very small number of people who has the audacity to submit fantasy art to this show on a regular basis.  :D


Original art: sold.  Exclusive commercial usage rights also reserved by the purchaser.  

Matted prints (shipping in US/Canada included):
5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches for $30
16x20 inches for $50



Pencil drawing (that I will eventually have available as lineart to color):
Shadowgorge 02 pencil by rachaelm5

The "too shiny" version I had posted originally:
Shadowgorge 02 too shiny by rachaelm5


Another picture of Shadowgorge:
Shadowgorge by rachaelm5
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:icondreamingsentinel:
DreamingSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You have some truly beautiful designs!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  I must give a great deal of credit to the tropical fish and butterflies that inspire me.  ;-)
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DreamingSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nature is very beautiful also ;)
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:iconpranile:
pranile Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great artworks and drawings in your gallery !
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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:iconmegacosmichroma:
Megacosmichroma Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
This is awesome! Its fantastic to see the evolution of your creations :) This has probably got to be my favorite:D
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  

This guy is one of my favorites, too.  I'm inordinately fond of his wing design.  :D
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Megacosmichroma Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
I really like the wings in particular too :D
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:iconartmikah:
artmikah Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
jaw droppingly beautiful, great job!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  I'm very proud of this one.  :-)
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SexyBubbleGumGirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
So awesome
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So very beautiful!  I love the vibrant patterns on the dragon, his skin especially!  It is reminiscent of a python's pattern.  And I think that pattern really helped the muscle structure on the dragon stand out as well!  And the wings... wow!  So, if the dragon wasn't enough, you added the rocks, which seems to give the whole piece a sense of movement!  Nice work!  :clap: 
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  

Those wings were fun to color.  I love working with all of the different textures and shapes.  Though the first version of this dragon had wings based on the fins of a tropical fish, this second picture went more like a Lava Light.  :D
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!  I bet they were fun!  Yes, I see the lava light in them now :XD:
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:iconpdevinney:
pdevinney Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
Im.press.ive. I love your work. Eye candy.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you; I'm glad you enjoy the work.  :D
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oakendragon Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I love the pattern on the wings and especially how the stones were incorporated into the image.  It gives a real sense of movement.  Great job!  :+fav:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pattern of the wings is insane :clap:
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's based on the fin decoration of a particular little fish, and on my Lava Lamp...  :D  Thanks!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome inspiration :)
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Everch Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, that's tumbled petrified wood? Interesting. I never thought of petrified wood as a gemstone before. I thought it looked like red jasper or tiger-eye before I read the description. Which ones are the goldstones?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really depends on the wood samples.  My friend has some large pieces that have absolutely exquisite patterns and colors - reds, whites, purples, blacks, oranges, even blues and crystal-clear bits.  When cut and polished just right, they make superb centerpieces for jewelry design.  The minerals that seeped into this particular batch of bits are exactly the same minerals that occur with jaspers and agates.  Before my friend told me that the samples were petrified wood, I had guessed that they were jaspers and agates as well.  :-)
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Everch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just looked up what colors petrified wood can be and I was surprised at how many there are. I learned that copper-based minerals produce sea foam green petrified wood and the pink and blue agate-looking ones are very interesting. Have you been to the National Museum of Natural History? They have an incredible Hall of Geology. I saw the most extraordinary and beautiful gems and minerals there. All shapes and colors. I love geology!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have not been to the National Museum of Natural History in a very, very long time.  I think that's on the family's vacation agenda for one of the years in the near future, though.  I would love to see the current rock and mineral collection they have, as well as all of the famous gemstones.  :-)
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Bender18 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is too good for my eyes
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thank you.
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Jaeger15 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Amazing work. I love how you worked the little pebbles into the design.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :-)
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:iconjaeger15:
Jaeger15 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
You're welcome.
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ElZahir1989 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
Oh wow. Those textures... just amazing!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcooley:
cooley Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
WOW.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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VedranR Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The coloring is little to dark don't you think.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...No, not really.
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Silivrene Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing !!!!! Love 
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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CarusimaHikura Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely brilliant!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheDraconian Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Those colours astounded me somewhat. Inspiring!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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TheDraconian Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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XerxesTexasToast Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
WHOA! Those feathers, those crests, those stones! EXCELLENT!
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very  much!
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RyukiGrayDragon Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
Absolutely beautiful! :D
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Anavi-Ivy Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student
so beautiful! :ohnoes:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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