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Drawing a Dragon In Flight

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Another tutorial by Dee Dreslough (Public domain. Please feel free to redistribute in whole or in part.)


More details. A nice gold mane would look good on this guy, so I add that too. I tend to use 3 colors in every part of a dragon, minimum. I use a middle shade or a darkish shade as a base, and then a shade darker for shadow, and a shade lighter for highlight. Then, sometimes I'll follow up with a black outline and a white highlight if it's a very reflective surface, like a horn. Once I've got at least 3 colors down in each area, it's time to start SMUDGING! That's where the magic happens.

See what I mean? Magic. Real life doesn't have lines all over the place. It has color shapes. So, when I smudge out the lines and blend the colors, I go from having 3 colors to having a zillion colors in each area. It starts looking natural. It's all about the smudge tool, baby. Gotta have that smudge tool. Man, I'm in a wierd mood today. :)


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