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So, I've been working on my pathfinder red dragon, but I really loved the clouded sea color that I bought at reapercon... SO I decided he should be a sea dragon!!!

After some googling, and my Michael Proctor Kick-elf colors class, this is the color scheme I've decided on. I've obviously got some further shading and cleaning up to do ( I ordered the rest of the clear colors I needed to clean transitions and whatnot), but what do y'all think of the color overall?

 

Is there some other pattern I should try on the scales? I'm painting Kyra and Lavarath next, so I'm trying to get my scale game on point. I feel like maybe adding a dark line next to my light line down the middle would make it pop more.

 

I'm thinking I'll do the undersides of the wings the same way I did the belly scales, with a pinky-purple shading.

 

(New lights for new lightbox should be in this week, then beautiful pictures will be had!)

 

 

Enjoy, and seriously, gimme some critique!!  :grr:

 

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The belly scales could use a little more definition, I think.  It might just not be showing up in the pictures, but it seems lacking compared to the body scales.  The same color on the wing membranes with a pinkish shadow should look great! 

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Thank you both!

 

I haven't started on the belly scales yet, they're just washed purple. ::D: I'm finishing up the body scales, and then I'll work on the belly and wings at the same time. But I'm so glad you called me out on it! :wub:

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If you want honest no holds barred critiques let everyone know. Maybe even put in title of thread.

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I will do that once he's done for sure. 

I definitely want more honest critiques now. 

I got a bronze this year, I'm going after silver next year! Only way to get better is to work harder. :D

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I would say he needs a bit more contrast in the scales. But looking back my version could have used that too.

 

Oh and it needs to be holding dice... :;):

 

But it looks good so far! Can't wait to see this progress...

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I agree about the contrast. I went and looked at crocodile scales, and they have a shadow from the raised area, so I was thinking I would go back with one of my purples and shade each mint green line down the scales ( :blink: ) to add contrast...

I'm not sure what else I could do without adding a whole additional layer of paint on each scale...

I don't think I hate myself that much.  :rock:

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Look up Jabberwocky's green dragon (iirc) from a year or two ago in the contests thread. He really amped up contrast on every scale. It may really open your eyes

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You're off to a great start!  If you really want to push your way on up to silver, the way to do that is definitely "MOAR CONTRAST!!!"  ::):  Unfortunately, that totally means a ton of time and effort with so many scales, but it'll be worth it in the end!

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Liking your colors so far on this one. I look forward to you tackling Kyra and Lavarath, love to see what colors you choose for that one too.

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I think the quality on the more finished parts is great!  The only thing I question a bit (and it may be that the photo doesn't show it) is that there doesn't seem to be a lot of green on him.  I can see it from some angles, but not others.  To me a "sea dragon" should have some deep greens as well as blues.  I can't tell since it's a WIP if the more blue-blue parts are intentional or just still in transition.  I particularly like the way the blue/green colors are shown but kind of blended in the webbing between the larger spines at the crest of the neck.  Further down the neck and on the tail they don't seem quite as on point.

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I hadn't planned to use any deep greens on him actually.. I wasn't sure if that would be too many colors on him. Right now I have about 6 colors. Maybe I can do the 'shadow line' with one of my deep greens to add more color. 

I'll try that!

 

Thanks for all the feedback y'all!! It really gives me a lot to think about and google for reference pictures!  :lol:

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