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May 12th, 2011 #53
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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May 12th, 2011 #55
May 12th, 2011 #56
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!
May 12th, 2011 #57
Dragon in Progress DIP
Beautiful dragons everyone! I can't wait to see them all finished.
I'm trying metallic acrylics on panel.
May 12th, 2011 #58
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.
May 12th, 2011 #59
nasty shit edward!!!
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May 12th, 2011 #60
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May 12th, 2011 #61
Hey, quick question, I'm no expert on dragon anatomy. Do they generally have four limbs plus wings, or are their front limbs the wings like birds?
May 12th, 2011 #62
I'd say they can be both, but normally it is Wyverns who do not have forelegs. I guess they are dragon kin, not sure whether the challenge will allow dragon kin like wingless drakes, etc. though.
May 12th, 2011 #63
themonet - We're not going to be huge sticklers on exactly the limb number a dragon has (or the whole wyvern versus drake versus dragon thing). If it doesn't look like a dragon, we'll tell you it doesn't look like a dragon.
May 12th, 2011 #64
Four Limbs and Wings: Basic European Dragon
Legs and wings-Wyvern
Four Legs no wings: Basic Asian Style Dragons and Wyrms
arms and wings: Lindwurm
Wings no limbs: Winged Serpent
two fore limbs and no wings: forgot the name
No Wings and no limbs: Serpent
So to answer your question, do what you wish
Last edited by Rob Powell; May 15th, 2011 at 01:12 PM.
May 12th, 2011 #65
check these links if interested in dragon classification.
The first link is good for artists. Second one is too techy
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