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    Quote Originally Posted by coool_brain View Post
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    Trying to show a dragon baby which is only days old.
    I am struggling to get the baby dragon proportions. Help!

    Look up pics of baby dinosaurs. Here's a baby prosauropod (Massospondylus) and baby theropod (Scipionyx).

    C.O.W. #212 ,the Faberge Dragon!. Wips Thread.

    C.O.W. #212 ,the Faberge Dragon!. Wips Thread.

    As rob said. Big eyes short snout...that should do the trick.


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    Homerid - Looking good. Glad to see you participating. The perspective on the scales at the base of the tail seems a bit off at the moment, but consider how little rendering has gone on there, I assume it will be fixed soon. It might be cool to also have that golden patterning at the base of the wing membranes, if only subtly.
    extra/card - it's a nice start, but I'd recommend sketching out a basic design and getting an overall feel before getting all that tonal work in. I find that going in and rendering value without actually having the full form creates redundancies in rendering. Shading areas that will be covered up anyway.
    Ville_S - I like how much of the egg design we can see in it already. As far as the design of the dragon goes, the wings should be a lot large for the size of the dragon. Think about how far back the wings go, when unfurled the membranes should support a significant amount of the dragon's torso, or it would have way too much of it's body hanging down as it flies.
    Logistic Puppet - Thanks! I'm using the egg from the OP that (lark posted. I figure at least one person should, and I liked the design of that egg well enough. I'm liking the start you have here, cool plating. At the moment, the only advice I can give is to beef up the musculature around the wing limbs, and extend the wing membranes down to the torso, otherwise there's no way that dragon would fly.
    coool_brain - Ville_S has solid advice. Baby dragons are best with: small underdeveloped wings (yours are a bit too big right now), a small snout, large eye cavities and proportionally large eyeballs. Take a look at the Daily Sketch Group's round 1600 (Cutest Dragon Ever), you should get an idea of what I mean a little more.
    Rob_Powell - The design is looking more unified already. My current recommendations are as follows: Give us the tail, otherwise the drawing will look very incomplete. Make those wings bigger, they feel undersized. Put a gold crest along the spine, it will unify the head designs with the gold on the body. Patterning or texturing on the blue. Right now the blue is really bland because it has no texture, your solution is either to give it patterning (stomach pattern, speckles, stripes or something) or give the blue skin some kind of texture (it can just be hinted at, no reason to hit us over the head with texture).

    I'm throwing down some really basic colour and values. I'll be putting some intricate patterning on the skin once I have a little more of the creature established.
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    I somehow don't like it anymore

    C.O.W. #212 ,the Faberge Dragon!. Wips Thread.
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    Did some thumbs of heads in pencil today, was thinking about sitting out for a round or two, but this one is too good.

    In a battle against sucking, I'm going to be trying new stuff. These were drawn with the thought in mind that I will have to rearrange certain features to match the faberge parts of the egg which I have several candidates for.

    I'm currently fond of A and C, D is growing on me, but I think I need to lose that horn.

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    Si_Swe - Thanks for the advice! I did have a rough sketch on another layer (I didn't want to include a picture of it because the upload manager makes me want to punch babies), but I'm already running into the issue of working over areas I've already rendered Definitely going to keep that in mind next time.


    The body and the back legs are driving me insane so I'm stopping for today, hopefully I'll figure out what to do with them after not staring at it for a while.

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    some sort of update... bound to be changed.
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    Well here's my humble beginnings. I've got designs for an adult dragon and baby dragon and have sketches for a painting including them both so I hope I can get all that finished by next Wed! It's going to take some time but I think I can manage!
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    Well, I went with A, so here is my first WIP, since I'm done for tonight. Did an outline and started painting gray onto the drawing. After closer examination I can see the back leg is out of alignment. Crits are most welcome.

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    Here's what I got so far for the Faberge (hard to spell little word, ain't it?).

    Since the Faberge eggs were fabulous gifts for Russian queens/czarinas and princesses once upon a time, I figured that in a kind of steampunk reality that the treasure inside one of the eggs would be a living treasure instead of a porcelain statue.

    My egg functions more like a cage. Inside the begemmed container lies Sparky the Desktop Dragon, a very handy, if mischievous, creature favored by royalty. The creature feeds on wood, paper, insects, garbage, etc. It can't digest ink, graphite, etc, so most of its waste (poop, for the layman) comes out in the form of a glittery ink (full of the priceless matter that makes the jewels of its hide!) that comes highly prized.

    So not only does it have valuable excrement that can save you a trip to the royal stationary depot, but it can also sharpen your pencils with its beak (it eats the wood, not the graphite), clean out the dustbin/garbage can (first roasts the trash with its flaming vomit, then licks up the ashes (gross, I know)), and can play the part of a purty desk ornament. The downside is that if you leave its egg-cage open, it might eat your homework, royal decrees - or if you piss it off, it might burn you with some projectile fiery vomit.

    For the composition I'll have him chilling on a desk, a blonde Russian princess looking on as he eats a royal decree from her father that she doesn't like.

    So in the final attachment, with the red dragon meets feathered dino, I think I have my final choice that I'll be running with, along with his eggo to the right!

    Any crits and advice more than welcome! Cheers and great job so far everyone! I'll be posting some crits for y'all real soon.

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    Hello! Everyone's doing real well, I'm impressed with how well everyone is incorporating the eggy elements on the dragons.

    I chose this egg
    some wips, and where I'm at:

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    further update, with composition and bg laid in. Going to have the russian princess at the mirror in the vanity dresser, watching delightedly as he burns her father's decree. Dragon is still in sketched mode, will be working on that next. And that big ol' red thing is the egg so far - will be detailing that up, and adding the opened cage elements. That's the dragon's inkwell of treasured inky excrement to the right, and his trash-bin food bowl to the left.

    Not sure if that face is going to be drawing too much attention away from the critter though... maybe a milky mirror?

    Any advice/critiques more than welcome!

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    Dragon in Progress DIP

    Beautiful dragons everyone! I can't wait to see them all finished.

    I'm trying metallic acrylics on panel.

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    Here is some of my initial work. I don't know that I'll have the time to finish it this time around, but its a fun topic. I was inspired by the fact that some of them open, with a split line down the middle, so I thought it could be fun to show the dragon hatching and have the egg open like the Faberge egg.

    Crit very welcome. My first COW.

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    nasty shit edward!!!

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    holy shit this place quickly filled up with awesome! keep it up guys!

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