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Amethyst Dragon - Reference

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Coloured pencil and (purple) pen, 2008 Sept 9. (Colours were eaten up by the scanner... argh.)

So... as the title suggests, this is a ref for an amethyst dragon, practically just some fiddle on how I'd make/imagine the creature.

Why I needed a ref?


D&D of course has its own gem dragon species (along with the chromatic and metallic dragons, which I DO like to draw very much), introduced in the 2nd Monster Manual ( usual, not my property, not claiming anything my own).
Alas, the gem dragons there had (in my opinion) quite poor illustrations, and I did think they could have a lot of spunk and popularity in the D&D games, if only people could see illustrations of them similar to the Monster Manual I's style (artists Sam Wood and Todd Lockwood did an awesome job on the draggies in the MMI! *.*)

Now about the dragon here...
Amethyst dragons are depicted as regal and wise, but not driven by neither good, evil, order or chaotic whims. Because of their neutral outlook and open mind, they are often respected as judges and negotiators between warring parties, sometimes between other dragons.
Their scales resemble mineral crystals here and there, and shine in a lavender colour which darkens with age.

They also have a very strong connection with the element of earth, preferring deep rocky caverns as lairs, with some of their magical abilities also relying on contact/source of earth and ground.

...If something stings your eyes on the pic, do throw in a comment please!:) (But no complaining that it's a purple dragon, ok? lol)

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I'm working on getting there, but as I catch up, keep on going, you have great skill and I admire people like you.
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Thank you very much, Persepearl! Your comment is lovely. :)

Happy Easter.

~ Brass
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The one thing that kind of bothers me about this is the faintness of the farthest wing in the back. I believe it is a bit too faint too see and should be made a bit darker, but not too dark as to take away from the perspective you are giving. I suggest outlining the wing a little more so it is more prominent. Overall, I love it! It looks awesome!
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Thanks so much Davalon! I'm thinking about your feedback, which was very welcome. It's been some years since I put our dear amethyst one to paper - and I can't recall if I made the wing in the back so faint because I didn't want it to stand out, or because I became lazy. I'll keep it in mind for the future. :)

Have a lovely Sunday!

~ Brass
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You're welcome! Glad to help!
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hey great work can i share this with
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Hi Codebreak, thank you for asking. Only share it if you credit me and if you send me a link (here or in a Note) on where/how you posted it.

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The hint of dark blue on the chest and wing edges are a nice contrast with the purple.
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I'm glad you like it, TD! Thank you for the comment. :)

~ Brass
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You're welcome!
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My birth st0one :D
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This is Spyro now, do you feel old yet?
Excellent work!
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Hahaha - love it. Thank you for the comment! :)

~ Brass
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Amazing work on this! The colors and shading are beautiful!
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My favourite colour
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The colour is so striking and I love the detail :)
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Rar Ima dragon
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I love how the details make the dragon come alive.
Awesome shading by the way.
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Epic!!! I love this so much. could you make a step by step how to draw dragons? I'd love to get better.
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Absolutely gorgeous!
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Most impressive.
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*bows down* TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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