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Swirl and Flame by rachaelm5 Swirl and Flame by rachaelm5
There were a few people who did not receive Secret Santa gifts at #RealmOfTheDragon last year, so I offered to do a make-up gift for one of those whose partners could not complete their half of the trade.

This is Mark, Master of Swirls. He belongs to :iconmasterlevan1:.

Mark was great fun to color, and the process went pretty quickly, too. I thought it would be interesting to use purple fire as my main light source. :D

Created with ink, watercolor, and Prismacolor pencils.
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:iconveggiepea29:
Veggiepea29 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait he was hand drawn?! -:iconwowplz:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course.  I'm a traditional medium junkie, so it's all pencils, pens, and big watercolor messes.  :D
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Veggiepea29 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought it was digitally made! That is AMAZING!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do only a little bit of digital art these days; I trained traditionally and still mostly enjoy the feel of grit beneath my fingers.  And arms.  And elbows.  ;-)
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Veggiepea29 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha. ;)
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Veggiepea29 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
-:iconclappingplz:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
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masterlevan1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you so much for this Rachael :) it's so wonderful and colorful ^_^ hehe and Mark looks cute, well I guess I could say I look cute xD. Thanks again, sorry for the late comment but whatever :3. I just wanna hug the pictuer :D!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's quite all right; I'm glad you like the way your picture turned out. Don't be afraid to dive into the Secret Santa thing if we do it next year - you may be assured that we'll take good care of everybody, even if some partners drop out! :D
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masterlevan1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Writer
Yay! :) I do. Well I won't be here next year but maybe in the next few years hehe :)
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Ganjja Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's beautiful <3 particularly the flames!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I had a lot of fun with those purple flames. :D
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CarmanMM-Dirda Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love how you pull these off so much. :D Seems odd not to see an amazingly complicated and beautiful pattern on it though. XD Also, thank you for doing this for the group!

Have they seen it yet?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks muchly.

It was kind of fun to work on a fairly simple dragon design; that left me room to play with light and texture more than I usually do. Mark did see his dragon; we chatted through Notes. :D
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CarmanMM-Dirda Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's always nice. And awesome. :D I didn't see a comment on it from them so I wasn't sure.
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MetaShinryu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconcryingrainbowsplz:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL LOL :rofl:
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Well done! :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :la:
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quasihedron Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome! :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The happy dragon with the sword in its mouth. :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - There's an irony if ever there was one...
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
But of course.
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ArinantWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This looks great, I love that purple fire. the simple shellshading of the fire in contrast to the very detailed and transitional dragon you created is amazing. The purple lighting does really justice to overall picture. besides those wings! they look so detailed and complicated.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

I was not sure at first if the flat fire and the fully shaded dragon would work together, but once I got going on it it seemed to work out all right. :D
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ArinantWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
you're welcome. Well it was worth trying, the result looks really well.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! :dummy: What a lucky dude! ;)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thanks. I hope he likes it.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! :nod:
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