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Very nice indeed. I love the colour transition you have going on the wings. Very smooth, yet subtle enough to make its way into your mind slowly, only to be seen on the second look. This really gives it an organic, naturalistic feel.

 

The slight colour transition on the horns and belly adds a lot of character, but I wonder if the belly would have benefitted from a slightly darker shade, to show that it is shadowed by being so close to the rock.

 

The addition of purple on the ears (?) is a nice touch and connects the head with the wings to a unified whole.

 

The treasure pile and adventurer look very good, too, but once again I wonder if darkening them a bit with glazes would benefit the scene in putting the focus on the dragon. It is well possible that a light brown wash on the rock face would achieve this, too. I feel the rock is a bit to bright and distracts from the magnificent dragon perching on it.

 

If you want to consider this route I recommend to mix some matt varnish, brown pigment (or paint) and some water, mix it well and apply to the piece. if you use powdered pigment you will also get some areas where it settles which gives a good impression of dirt. You find an example of the rock tone achieved this way in the spoiler box.

 

 

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Oh sweet! The OG DDS... I've got this one too. Painted up and sitting on a shelf leading into our dungeon/game room. Nice work. Love the reds and yellows. Awesome job on those wings too! :D 

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Very nice indeed. I love the colour transition you have going on the wings. Very smooth, yet subtle enough to make its way into your mind slowly, only to be seen on the second look. This really gives it an organic, naturalistic feel.

 

The slight colour transition on the horns and belly adds a lot of character, but I wonder if the belly would have benefitted from a slightly darker shade, to show that it is shadowed by being so close to the rock.

 

The addition of purple on the ears (?) is a nice touch and connects the head with the wings to a unified whole.

 

The treasure pile and adventurer look very good, too, but once again I wonder if darkening them a bit with glazes would benefit the scene in putting the focus on the dragon. It is well possible that a light brown wash on the rock face would achieve this, too. I feel the rock is a bit to bright and distracts from the magnificent dragon perching on it.

 

If you want to consider this route I recommend to mix some matt varnish, brown pigment (or paint) and some water, mix it well and apply to the piece. if you use powdered pigment you will also get some areas where it settles which gives a good impression of dirt. You find an example of the rock tone achieved this way in the spoiler box.

 

 

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Thanks for the advice.  some of it is my poor photography skills, the actual piece shows the stone to be much darker with less white edging and more shadow.  I also tried to push my contrast here and may have gotten too bright but when I did try to darken the treasure, it got lost in the overall sculpt.  I have another piece coming down the pipe with a similar background and i will try out some of your suggestions there. 

 

I understand the "ears" for some reason a lot of dragons have little mini wings just behind their heads,  I have no idea why. 

 

Thanks for the complements on the color fades on the wings.  I really like the fade and it took a long time to get that blend right.  I am also really proud of the highlighting of the scales on his back ridge and the modifications I had to do to the muscles on the chest to make the new wings work.

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If you hadn't said you changed the wings I would never have guessed. They look like they belong! Great conversion and paint job!

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