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Please please please don't view this thread as a step-by-step "How To". I've only been doing this since August.

 

Today I painted his chest and started work on his scales:

 

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I'm trying to imitate the high-contrast lighting of Reynolds' art, hence the super dark shadows on the chest. I plan on pushing the red scales to pure black in shadow, so the chest won't look so weird (eg: around the lower-inner thighs.

 

Harder to see is the first layer of red:

 

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This is a dry-brush of Vallejo Burnt Cad. Red (the base coat was the same colour, but mixed with pure black). It's most noticeable on the wings, where I'm making the thinner parts of the membrane brighter. Next I'll start pushing it towards Vallejo Carmine Red, so it'll really pop out like it does in the artwork.

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I worked out a while ago that my hands are never going to be steady enough for the precision I want, so I'm focusing instead of creating the right impression. The lighting on the horns may look odd when closely scrutinised, but I'm hoping that it all works out in context.

 

"Never", as they say, is a long time. :;): Keep painting and you may find that your hands become steadier. Also, try resting the outer edges of your hands on the edge of your table (but without pinching nerves/tendons) while you paint, if you aren't already doing so, to reduce the amplitude of any shaking in your hands.

 

Just a thought. I wonder if the gel pad wrist rests (try saying that fast!) for keyboards and mice could be useful as a rest to hold things steadier. Less risk of pressure in the wrong places.

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This dragon is REALLY coming along nicely, you have a good eye for the colors and it's pretty impressive. Keep up the great work!

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Thanks for the kind words and the likes, everyone. They mean a lot to me :)

 

Today I focused on the red - taking it all the way from shadow to highlight (Pure Black > Vallejo Burnt Cad. Red > Vallejo Carmine Red > Blond Highlight)

 

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My working lights don't really show it off all that well, but here are some close-ups (I love my macro lens!) so you can see how I painted the scales to make them look shiny:

 

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I stopped dry-brushing after I reached the Carmine Red layer. For highlights, I painted individual scales with fine brushes. All told, there were probably 8 or 9 layers for the red. I also added a black wash to darken the shadows and unify the scales with the chest.

 

Speaking of the chest, here's a close-up of that:

 

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I realised I forgot to break down the colours I used, so here they are:

 

Vallejo Yellow Ochre > Olive Skin > Oiled Leather > Mahogany Brown > Pure Black

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So much Like!

 

I'm not one to talk, but some blending would make that chest look cleaner. Maybe a mid-tone wash to blur the colour transition? That said, it looks like an oil painting, which is a really cool effect.

 

I didn't even realize the scales were highlighted until the close-up. I actually thought they were just shiny. You did a really good job making those look slick. He looks awesome so far.

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Aside from clean-up, he's basically finished now:

 

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Today I worked on the base (Pure Black > Swamp Green/Stormy Grey > Olive Skin Shadow > Olive Skin > Olive Skin Highligh > Blond Highlight):

 

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And the head. Specifically the teeth (Pure Black > Olive Skin Shadow > Dirty Bone), the cheeks (Braains Pink + Flesh Wash), the inside of the mouth (Pure Black) and the tongue (Pure Black > Vallejo Burnt Cad. Red + Soft Blue > Stormy Grey):

 

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After clean-up, I'll post him in my Show-Off thread (and provide a link in this one).

 

Thanks for following, all!

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um looking at the right picture of the eye it seems to me like you misseed the eye it looks to be alittle more to the right and up....

 

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That base looks great. My only suggestion is to maybe outline the yellow of his eye in black, and he's gonna look great. Make sure to enter him in the Dragon contest.

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He looks great! As if Reynolds's art came to life. I'd also try to make the eye seem less flat, but that's just nitpicking. He'll truly terrorize the table when you send him out to crush your players.

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Thanks for taking all these pictures, now I want to try and a tackle mine..

 

Well after I do a few dozen minis to get the rust out first..

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It definitely is a beautiful sculpt, Julie Guthrie does amazing work. I wish I had the money to get the metal version, though, as it does seem to have better definition on the pointy bits (and he has a *lot* of pointy bits).

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