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I want to paint a dragon using the techniques that were used for T'char. But with the appearance of magma in the creases of the belly scales. 

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In guessing that he was based on the mid range colors, then the black flame were inked with dilute black, probably in several layers.  Then the highlights were (dry)brushed above the flames and in select spots over the black. Does that look/sound right?  Any steps I'm missing?

 

Screenshot_20231125_124119_Brave.thumb.jpg.a4b3285a2489269b9b70d8514f4360c6.jpgTo do the magma effect, I'm figuring on having white in the creases, then yellow and red (probably ink, too get the somewhat translucent look), possibly mixed into some kind of medium to give it a liquid look (or very fine lines of satin-finish varnish).  Am I on the right track with either of these, or am I baking up the wrong tree?

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There are probably several ways to get what you want, what you described sounds good. I would suggest practicing on a smaller dragon to see if it comes out like you want. If it doesn't just repaint over what you did first with a new technique. Then once you have the process down that gets what you want you can start on your chosen dragon. I look forward to seeing the results.

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Sounds like a solid plan. I think basecoating in white to get all those cracks and crannies, then some yellow ink, and then some drybrushing with oranges and dull reds and finally blackening the center of the plates and edge highlighting in bright fluorescent orange might work?

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On 11/28/2023 at 3:03 PM, Rigel said:

Sounds like a solid plan. I think basecoating in white to get all those cracks and crannies, then some yellow ink, and then some drybrushing with oranges and dull reds and finally blackening the center of the plates and edge highlighting in bright fluorescent orange might work?

Definitely worth trying out. Thanks for the suggestions!

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