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Dracogena Oceanus final

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Back around 2011, I had this grand idea for this multi-winged kind of seraphic dragon.  Nine years later, I've looked over my notes, said "meh, I can do better", and upended a bag of Skittles.  Though the "oceanus" bit still comes through because both the dragon and the background lean heavily toward the blues, I wanted to liven it up with touches of other colors.  But *which* other colors?  Here's me, being indecisive by including all of them.  Rainbow shiny bits make me happy!

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:   Dracogena Oceanus by rachaelm5  Isolated Background:   Ultramarine Abstract by rachaelm5
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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.

rachaelm5's avatar

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!

TrottingPeryton's avatar

I feel like I'm having a vision.

rachaelm5's avatar

There's certainly some visionary roots in the concept. Symmetry, swirls, rainbow colors, ocean waves - such is the stuff of dreams shared by many of us. :-)

ArtEpona's avatar

This is stunning - I love all the different media and textures. Reading about your process inspires me to put my brave pants on and experiment more myself!

rachaelm5's avatar

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. ;-)

bezzalair's avatar

Quite a beautiful arrangements of colors and patterns! Love how the dragon design is too! :)

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pearwood's avatar

Beautiful, Rachael. A prayer for acceptance. :heart:

rachaelm5's avatar

Yes, subtly so, but definitely yes.

KnightofNoitcif53's avatar

Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I love the amount of detail you put into it

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Thanks very much!

Kansasjeeper's avatar

Wow, one of my favorites for sure. Awesome job! What color skittles are you favorite BTW?

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Thanks!


LOL - I'm partial to lemon, lime, and cherry, in that order.

Honor-ra's avatar

"upended a bag of Skittles" made me LOL. You achieved the multiple colours and made the work POP! Shiny bits for FTW.

rachaelm5's avatar

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. :-)

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