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How I Conjured up a Dragon

Months ago Bob told me that as a birthday present, he would like a drawing to put on his frigde. I knew I wanted to do a drawing or mixed media piece with a dragon. Now when I draw I usually come up with cartoon-like figures. I never got very far beyond kindergarten stick figures when I have to draw from my imagination. So I went looking for an example. I even found one with drawing instructions! I followed the example pretty closely for my drawing. I used a 4B pencil on Schleiper A4 250g/m2 mixed media cardstock.

The example shows a black dragon. I wanted to do a green one, with a bit of a shine here and there. I was pretty nervous to wreck my drawing at this point, but it didn't feel finished without any colour. I decided to trace the lines with a permanent marker (black IDentipen, I didn't have a green one on hand). After that, I got rid of the pencil lines as well as I could with my trusty Milan 430 eraser. I was planning on using neocolor II watersoluble crayons to colour the dragon, but found my greens to be a little too bright for my somewhat realistic dragon. I borrowed Wilma's watersoluble Derwent Inktense pencils (that I hadn't had much practice with) and picked out Felt Green (1530) and Beech Green (1510). I used a Sakura Koi water brush round #6 Medium to apply the water on the coloured areas. For some finer details, a finer brush would have worked better. I didn't stay perfectly inside the lines at some places. Oh well...

The two tones of green appeared to be a little more similar than they had seemed to be when I tested them. I had hoped for a bit more contrast. So I added Derwent Inktense Light Olive (1540) to my selection for the spines and used Derwent Ikntense Ionian Green (1320) and Neocolor I Silver (498) on top of the Derwent Inktense Beech Green (1510) to darken things up a little and to add a little spark.
I used a grey pen, Derwent Inktense Neutral Grey (2120), Neocolor II Raw Umber (049) and Neocolor I silver (498) for the rock the dragon is standing on.
I'm pretty happy with the end result :-)

Geplaatst op 31-07-2016.
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