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Goodbye Summer by Ricefish Goodbye Summer by Ricefish
I guess I should change the title to Hello Spring, but I did draw this guy back in Autumn. It's totally the wrong season, either way :'D
A bit of colouring practice that ended up with a weird kinda flat, solid look to it. Does anyone else find red super hard to work with? And green...and anything that isn't blue/purple :') 

Here's a bunch of process pics! You can see I have no idea what I'm doing half the time :'D
Summerwips by Ricefish
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Red IS super hard to work with - says me with the fiery coloured character - but you've done beautifully here! I don't think it's flat at all and I am in awe of how you worked the green in without it looking christmassy or garish because I have never managed that yet! The details in the fur and scales are just delicious <3
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reds are tough but sometimes they're fun too. Either way this looks fabulous. Always love your works. Very fun and colorful.
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thanks a bunch! <3
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Phelaroo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016   Photographer
I love it! It looks amazing. ^^
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thank you! <3
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MultimediaPanda Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not so sure about flat, but Solid I can see. I think this looks great regardless. I'd never know you had trouble working with any colors.
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thanks! Haha ohhh yeah, red and dark brown are my archenemies. But such nice colours!
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oakendragon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist
I love the design and the flow...very subtle and beautifully done.  :+fav:
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thank you!
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FlyingViperArt Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Adore your work :) Would you consider selling these as prints? Xx
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thank you! Ah, I've never looked into it...man, I'd be the worst business person :'D I don't even know how to take scans without the picture turning out absolutely massive, and I probably lose quality when I resize (to 35%!) I'm a total tech dinosaur, I should probably educate myself :')

I do sell all my originals, though! This one would be £40. I think I will look into prints and things a bit more, I can't really say I know how to make money from art at the moment :'D
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FlyingViperArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Do you have an Etsy store or online store somehwere? :) I'l love to nab one of your originals when I have the chance Xx
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Not even that :') I just mention on dA sometimes when I have a few originals lying about. I only have Goodbye Summer (£40) and Traveller (£20) at the moment. I'll start mentioning on submissions/in journals when things are for sale!
How do you find using Etsy, if you don't mind my asking?
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FlyingViperArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
It was really good at first, as everyone seemed to get a chance when it came to being on the front page. But their website changed and now it's not as easy. It's still a very good site to use as it's only 20p listing charge :) and a small persentage I think? I've been selling steady on there for two years now, but I have other forms of income through sites like RedBubble and DesignbyHumans, I recon your work would go down very well on RedBubble :) I make most of my profits from them Xx
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Ankoku-Flare Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely adorable
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thanks!
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ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Great work :)
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thank you! :')
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ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome :)
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Sweet-Fox-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
Stunning !! And the dragon is so cute XD 
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thank you!
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Temeraire Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely rich colours! Well done
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thank you!
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RowanNorth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
Whoa this is very beautiful, as always ahhh... I wish i had good advice on how to push the darks, but it's like, a lot of trial and error ahaha;; I'd say keep with the blues and purples, but maybe add to it with colored pencil or inks or even watercolor pencil. That will push the darks a lot.

Also pushing the highlights too. Like making very vivid whites on more than just your white outlines. I do this with colored pencil, acrylics, and gel pen. It'll help add to the depth of things...

You can always go in digitally and adjust the levels and saturation too. I use the GIMP for that because it's free and free is good.

Those are just some ideas, I have only minimal knowledge of your process from your walkthroughs but those are some things I do. Hope it helps! <3
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thanks! Yeah, I think inks are definitely something I need to try, since I already use my darkest watercolours and pencils. And digital editing for sure. You're right, it's just gonna be down to trial and error and I gotta try taking a few risks! <3
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SHARK-008 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the colors! ^^
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Thank you!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh . . . summer's almost here so no worries :XD: Beautiful!
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Sure doesn't feel like it! I had to walk through a blizzard today :'D
Thanks!
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's sunny where I am, but California is like that. I wish it would rain more ^^;
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Haha, man, please take some of this rain and snow from Northern England! California seems totally awesome though, it's like pure TV land to me. Always gettin destroyed in disaster movies :'D
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So true! I can't count how many times the Golden Gate Bridge has been wrecked :XD:
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Anayo-s Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016
I bet this dragon moves around in the most ceremonious way possible just to show off its beauty.

TRAVELER: "Pardon me, dragon, which way to the forest?"
DRAGON: *flexing like a bodybuilder* "That way." *winks*
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
Haha, I can totally see that! :'D
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