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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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artmikah Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
jaw droppingly beautiful, great job!
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!  I'm very proud of this one.  :-)
SexyBubbleGumGirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
So awesome
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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: 
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
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:
pdevinney Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014 I love your work. Eye candy.
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you; I'm glad you enjoy the work.  :D
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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