I'm trying to draw a half-dragon-woman-thing-creature like we all know it and I try to focus as much as possible on the "rules of art" if I may define them so. And from the first step it seems to go wrong already.
The thing I would like to get right at this point is the silhouette (I hope it is ok I leave the composition out of it at this stage?). I started to draw a few poses without the wings first (as in a floating figure really). I also tried to get a pose with some action in it. The one you see below is what I liked the most (not that I did so many, this was the first pose I drew from a few and it only got worse, so I used this one).
Now the problem comes with the wings and tail, which I drew (and re-drew and re-drew and so on..) in the next step. The nice silhouette from the "floating figure" was totally gone and replaced by the silhouette from the wings. I definitely didn't want that to happen, so finally I came up with something in-between. I still don't really like how the right leg blends with the tail in the silhouette, but I'm just wondering if I'm being too precise here..
Now, I'm not a 100% sure if I finally did the right thing. I mean, didn't I take this silhouette rule too strict? Perhaps the tone of the wings could be a lot darker (or should it be lighter, I'm not too sure about that either), which makes it have two silhouettes. For that matter, can I use different tones to create the silhouette, as I've done in one of the drawings below?
A lot of questions I just keep asking myself. Now I just hope someone has enough courage to read through all this AND take the time to help. I would be so grateful.