Pieces and parts, and boy are there a lot this time:
Deep background: acrylic
Dragon: Ink, watercolor, Prismacolor pencils, metallic gel pens.
Silver and blue swirly arc things: Repousse metal that I embossed with a ballpoint pen, painted with acrylic, then gently sanded down to let the silver embossing show through.
Stones: Top center "turquoise" one is dyed magnesite. The one below the dragon's tongue is dyed serpentine, and the tiny ones near it are turquoise-colored glass. Under each of the arches are three rose quartz stones.
And of course, lots and lots of shiny bits.
Image size: 12x15 inches, so I'll be matting it up to the standard 16x20 inches.
Original art: Available for USD$400, plus shipping.
Prints: Please see the Print Prices and Information journal.
Lineart: Isolated Background:
Beautiful! I love how the background and the dragon work together. The background feels a bit resless, like an agitated ocean, but the dragon looks very smooth, which sets it apart from the background.
Thank you! The contrast of textures was intentional. I thought the dragon was too plain by itself (particularly compared to my more recent designs), so I needed something with a lot of detail and movement behind it to balance things out the way I like. I'm glad you think it works, too!
Thanks very much! The process is half the fun (even if it is sometimes frustrating, or sometimes ends in disaster), so I definitely encourage you to experiment. If you are able to make a copy of a piece you want to experiment with, and keep your original pristine while you hone your techniques, it can be a little less nerve-wracking to do those experiments. Or, if you're not ready to risk your own work yet, print off a coloring page from one of the coloring groups and go crazy with that - that way it's not "your own work" on which you're experimenting. ;-)
LOL - I carefully separated out my favorite flavors, and added them one by one... And thank you. Yes, it definitely needed that little bit of pop to pull everything together the way I wanted it. :-)