I promised myself I wouldn't do anything crazy like this again...
I couldn't keep it.
I've been lacking a scanner for months now so I haven't been able to upload my newest drawings. So I decided to look though some of my older work to color and I found this.
Many of you may remember the most popular picture I've ever submitted to Deviant art, Saphira [link]
Saphira is by far the most detailed picture I've ever finished because each scale was colored and shaded individually. I did that on account that coloring her as a whole didn't look right; she appeared flat and in the description, each scale was like a sapphire on her hide shining in the sun.
So then I started over again, this time coloring each scale one-by-one, this came out good, then I started shading each scale one by one, that effect worked very well, then I highlighted a dozen scales with a supernova effect, and lastly shaded and highlighted her entire body and the effect was complete.
I'm using the same method for coloring Thorn, scale by scale coloring, shading, highlighting, and more.
Thorn will be a little more detailed as he has more scales than Saphira and I tried to make it a little more obvious Thorn is a male with a horn on his snout and some chin hair.
This is going to take a lot of work and a lot of time, but once I’m done I know I’ll love the result, and I hope you do too.