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Tropical Iridescence lineart by rachaelm5 Tropical Iridescence lineart by rachaelm5
This lineart is freely available for coloring. If you decide to color this lineart, here is my lineart usage policy:

:bulletblue: Please include a link back to the original lineart. This is necessary for reposting to any of the Color-Me groups.

:bulletblue: Please include a link to me, *rachaelm5. This is necessary for reposting to any of the Color-Me groups.

:bulletblue: Please tell me when you've finished coloring the picture so I can show off your work!

:bulletblue: You may repost your coloring outside of DeviantArt, unless I specify otherwise in the description.

:bulletblue: You may not repost this design, or colorings of this design, as adoptables for points or money. I post this design freely for you to color; I ask that you do not go off and profit from it.

:star: I reserve the right to sell my own colored version of this design, as it is my own lineart. I state this here in my usage policy so that no one will be confused about me breaking my own policies when I get the project completely finished.
:star: Corollary: I will never do anything to anyone else's colored versions beyond appreciation and praise.

This is another reverse-engineered line design. I never made any inked linework for the original art; I went straight from pencil to colors. However, I don't like the digital "inking" results I've been getting, so I tried a different technique here. I printed off the pencil lines at about 50% lighter than the original, then went over them with my Micron pens. I like this result much better - though fed through a digital clean-up process, this is much closer to my natural inking look. :-)

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LacedShadowDiamond Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
rachaelm5 Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome; thanks!
rachaelm5 Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheLoneDucky Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
As always your detail utterly confuses me. How do you not get distracted when building line arts?
rachaelm5 Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a good head for complex linework and organic patterns, and I just build the drawing a layer at a time - from the biggest parts like a main tail feathers, down to the little details within the markings on the feathers. It's the same way with the dragons. I draw the main body, then lay out the scales, then the details on the scales - or feathers, or plates. It looks complex when it's complete, but when I look at the drawings I usually see it as the layered stages in my mind. Whenever there's the potential for confusion, like with the twisty dragon bodies, I use little arrows and notes to keep my patterns straight. :-)
bhudicae Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooo, this one is so pretty, even in just the lines!!
rachaelm5 Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
MysticFlamer Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your lineart is very beautiful~ Keep it up^^
rachaelm5 Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much; I shall!
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