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I'm painting up 77026: Young Fire Dragon as a white dragon for an upcoming D&D game, and I was feeling a little frustrated and wasn't making very much progress, so I thought I'd take a few pictures and toss them up here.

 

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I still plan to give special attention to his eyes, mouth, and base. I am considering doing the little wing spikes and tail spikes as boney protrusions in a warmer white, shaded to a pale warm brown? I would especially like opinions on the wings: is the shading reasonable? Are the transitions smooth enough? Also, is there enough contrast on the body? His little cheek-flaps seem especially hard to pick out at a distance. Lastly, does he actually seem to read as white, or just pale blue?

 

Colors are Snow Shadow, Ghost White, and Pure White, so far.

 

(And I acknowledge the double challenge of both painting and photographing white is working against any useful advice I might receive.)

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Color choice sounds good, similar to the coat d'arms colors that gave me the surprisingly nice Takhisimat white head. The effect reads as white on this screen.

 

White dragons are a peculiar challenge. I tend to break them up with color - yellow belly scales, pale blue underwings, red eyes. Poor natural camouflage, but I think a better look. Actually, all my dracos get yelly belly scales. Like a common mutation of the genus. I guess that helps it look less weird.

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Funny you say that, Bugs, since I actually looked at how you did your white Takky head when I was planning this one out. I ended up basing in white and shading down, rather than starting with the darkest blue and bringing the highlights up as you did, but the basic idea is the same. (Of course, that brought the whole thing down too far, and I had to bring the highlights back up to white again...)

 

I was planning on doing bright blue eyes (Cyan Blue, possibly) but maybe I'll try a red instead. Other spots of color will be inside the mouth (pink gums and yellow/warm white teeth) and the tail and wing spikes.

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I can't really offer any help. My white dragon ended up turning into a Coral Dragon because I couldn't get the white how I wanted it.

 

I like most of what you've done that, but some kind of colour breakup would help give it some character.

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I originally planned blue or yellow for Tak's white head, but when I mapped the heads I picked blue for the center red head, yellow for blue/green, and that left red for black/white. I didn't expect it to work but it did. So Deathsleet and my comparitively tiny white Flit will get the same.

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Nice work so far! It definitely reads as white which is always a challenge! I think you can get away with darker colors in the shadows to help contrast with those bright white highlights. A blue or even a dark gray or black would be ok. If it ends up looking too dark you can always highlight or glaze with your white to bring it back up again. You could use blues or ochers as accent colors easily. Pretty much anything goes with white, so you can't lose!

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Alright, did a bit more work on this guy. Stuck him on a bigger base and painted up the horns, eyes, and mouth. I need to finish his base, but I think I might be done painting him other than that. I do like the way the warm colors draw the eyes to the face, which didn't really have much pull before.

 

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Looking great! perhaps do the belly scale plates in the same cream/brown as your spines? I really like the red! Echoes the albino dragon theme!

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