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I had a blue-black shadow mixed for some other stuff, so I added some to this dragon to shape up its shadows and sculpt its muscles.

 

The wings have settled into near-dead-flat, so I decided to paint them as if they were curved anyway as an illusion effect.  At the moment it's just shadows.

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I glued the wings on.

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In this picture you can see the "wing ding" on the right where the wing bones look wobbly.

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I used Golden Molding Paste to fill in the gaps.

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Then I probably should have waited for the paste to dry, but I glazed on some warm deep green mixed from Phthalo Green and Burnt Sienna to intensify the colors on Ebonwrath's body.

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I touched up the molding paste around the wings to match the colors around it.

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I probably made the dragon too dark and red at this point, but what ho, unto the breach.  I started to paint white highlights on the dragon with the hope that eventually they will look like gems.  At the moment I think they look like polka dots.

 

I console myself with the thought that if this messes up I can always do it again.  My fingers itch to go back in there with more and brighter greens.

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I'm not exceptionally worried. This is the point in the process where you wave your magic wand, and the next post looks like a living dragon.

Well, maybe not the next post.

 

I'm beginning to feel like I'm painting in pointillism.  So many dots!

 

So, to brighten her up, I mixed a rather eye-hurting green from a mix of Phthalo Green, a little Hansa Yellow Opaque, and just enough Titanium White to make it milky.  This is my poor old mixing brush demonstrating the new color.

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I dotted it in the deepest shadows and underside of the dragon.  Also the horns and washed transparently over the eyes.

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Then I mixed a slightly paler, slightly warmer green by adding more Hansa Yellow and Titanium White, as well as a little Yellow Oxide and Burnt Sienna.  This I dotted all over, starting with the shadows under the wings.

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Here's the effect so far.

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From the top this dragon has a really beautiful shape.

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