So, I’ve been taking a number of classes on Skillshare recently. Because of the connections I made there, I learned of something called #the100daysproject. The idea is to do something, whatever it is, for 100 days and post it on Instagram (or not, but it’s supposed to be a social project). We’re wanting to explore our little mascot dragon some more, so I decided to do #100daysofdragons. I’ve got 6 dragons under my belt after today’s rendition.
I drew this guy yesterday, and I am painting him today. It’s not technically a new dragon today, I suppose, but I am spending a goodly amount of time on this guy for both days, so I have decided it counts. So there.
My inspiration for this creation is fun. Firstly there are my watercolors. I got a set of QOR Earth watercolors which are really beautiful and I haven’t really used them for a project yet. My husband has been finding really pretty rocks in our backyard, and they are all basically made of colors that came in that set. So I have been wanting to figure out how to paint some rock patterns. Additionally, when I was looking at dragon inspiration, my husband plopped down in front of me my daughter’s stuffed stegosaurus.
Thus the rock dragon saurus was born.
I began with the the plates on his back, trying to make each one look like a pretty individual rock.
Doing the belly was interesting. The stripy effect on the under part of the neck happened on it’s own. I laid down some naples yellow, and dotted in some indigo and sap green. It decided to stripe up while it dried, it seems. I thought it was pretty cool. I now have a mission on my list to figure out how exactly to make that happen on purpose, heh.
I used the wet on wet technique for most of this project. I get more even washes that way. I’m discovering that maybe I don’t use enough water when I paint, and that may be why my washes aren’t as even as I want them to be. Practice practice practice.
I like the nubby bits at the tips of his wings. It seems like a rock dragon would have something like that, rather than spikes or spines. I did 4 layers of color on the wings. The first was a light grey that I made and then I dotted in some of all of the component colors I used for the gray. You can see the speckling through the red for a neat effect. The venetian red is a color I am seeing in a lot of my husband’s rocks. There are so many pretty colors in rocks. I did a light wash of the venetian red, followed by a darker wash for the shadowy areas. I also dropped just a tiny bit of prussian blue into the shadows.
I have 3 yellows, 3 greens, 3 blues, 3 reds, and 4 browns. When I do my upcoming post on the magnetic travel watercolor palettes that I am building, I’ll talk a bit about how far I went to not have to give up any of them (and have room for more colors later).
I do want to work toward being able to finish a painting without inking it. My edges just aren’t smooth enough without it, and I haven’t defined the details enough. There is some nice contrast between the different parts of the wings though.
Inking is when I feel like it all comes together.