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. 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):
The "too shiny" version I had posted originally:
Another picture of Shadowgorge: