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Paintbrush Fairy Dragon

This is the second of five dragons for a customer's 5th anniversary/Christmas. This is my take on his girlfriend's tattoo - a multi-hued fairy dragon holding a paintbrush.

This has to be up there as one of the most complicated designs I've ever worked on! I tried so many different things for the fluff down the back, but I wasn't happy with any of my attempts, so I ended up going for the single strand mane approach (which everyone does and it kind of annoys me that I had to resort to it). But it's what looks best, so I guess there's a reason for that! I feel like I work in layers for these sorts of complicated designs, expanding outward from something simple to something much more complicated. For this project, I first made a plain white dragon, then I brushed on the blue pigment, then I added the purple accents, and finally I added the gold spots. So many tiny gold spots, all made out of clay! Next time I'll paint - I think it would go much faster and look just as good.

I actually made this dragon last out of the set of five because the design was complicated and I was really uncertain about making a decent-looking paintbrush. I am happy with the result, though. I think that brushing on blue pigment was the right call, and I like how bright the overall result is.

Crafted from colored Premo polymer clay, bugle beads, and Jacquard Pearl-Ex mica powders.

Other complex dragons
Big Bad Bone Dragon by HowManyDragonsCommission: Lore, the Cyborg Dragon by HowManyDragonsCommission: Mini Predaking by HowManyDragonsSpirit of Air: Butterfly Dragon by HowManyDragons

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Shutter Speed
1/6 second
Focal Length
60 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 5, 2014, 4:54:58 PM
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WuliwuDesigns's avatar
A great piece by a gifted creator...
tricktheangeldragon's avatar
lol this reminds me of when my friend thought angel dragons were fairy dragons
KittenVonArt's avatar
I absolutely love this <3
HowManyDragons's avatar
I'm glad to hear it! Thank you. :]
ArtisticTimeLord's avatar
This is truly inspiring!! :D
HowManyDragons's avatar
Aw, thank you! She was a lot of work. :)
AdhityaRasmi's avatar
I faved this one! :D (Big Grin) 
TheStrategos's avatar
Artist dragon, I like :D !
MooseHowl's avatar
Nice! I like how good the blue and white look together; it makes me think of seafoam, with little purple kelp bits bobbing around in the waves.
HowManyDragons's avatar
Oooh, nice imagery! :love:
KriannaCrafts's avatar
This is great! I love the colors. :)
HowManyDragons's avatar
Thanks, I'm glad to hear it! :heart:
Snowy-kun's avatar
That is so cool! ^^ 
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Tiffanime1's avatar
I saw this on your etsy shop, out of all the one's you made for that order this one is definitely the most stunning!!!! Great job :D Clap 
HowManyDragons's avatar
Aw, thank you! I do agree that she's the most striking out of the set. :D
Tiffanime1's avatar
Welcome!!!! :) And thanks again for my dragon, i hope to buy more in the future!! 
PrairiePyroDesigns's avatar
I think this is one of my favourites yet! :D It's soooooo cute! :D 
SPQR21's avatar
it looked like princess Celestia at first glance..
HowManyDragons's avatar
Needs more pink! xD
KayJewels's avatar
This is one of the prettiest dragon sculptures yet it looks like it's made purely of magic it's so cute.
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