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This was actually done for my advanced drawing class, we had to draw something imagined without references. Naturally dragons came to mind.

While working on this I also learned a new way to color, curtesy of this awesome photoshop shading tutorial: [link]
It basically uses adjustments layers for each light/shadow source.

I've always had difficulties getting shading and coloring to look good, so this should be a great push towards actually doing some colored pieces and not just sketches like I usually do.


Fun fact: The original pencil sketch for this was done on 24x18 paper which I scanned in in 6 small pieces, merged together and then worked off that. The final file-size was almost 500MB, at almost 7000x5500 pixels. Even the flattened png was 40 MB in size, and can be downloaded here if you dare click the download button =P

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Brekke17 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013

such incredible detail... this is really beautiful work. If someday you were to do a Pern Dragon Eye I think I'd dance.

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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you kindly :) though I'm afraid I don't know what a 'Pern Dragon' is.
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Brekke17 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Ahh, Dragonriders of Pern is a series of books by Anne McCaffery. The dragons are said to have faceted eyes that swirl with color based on their mood.   Some great art here from KaiserFlames with an eye on the second page of the Pern gallery.



Your piece is truly amazing.
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DrHannah Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Beautiful <3
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z1256 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
i like how you made the eye reflect on the eye lid it looks beautiful
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Artist
thank you =)
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z1256 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
no need its a honor just being able to relize that artists are capable of that its amazing :iconawwwplz:
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Cylinder-the-Autobot Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's beautiful! :D Nice work!
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Artist
thank you =)
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zbarama Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student General Artist
Super Job!
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Artist
Thank you!
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Crimsondevilsin Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist
Thats Fucking Awsome I love it!
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student Artist
Thank yas! =D
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jules-eye Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
I could just stare at it for hours... O_O
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student Artist
:heart:
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Doe-Lucky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Amazing job! I love how it all is colored and the eye is just gorgeous! I also really like that you can see some of it's scales, it adds those tiny details that I ove to see! Amazing amazing! :D
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Student Artist
Thanks! Wish I had had more time to work more on the scales, but was for a class and had to turn it in so I don't feel like going back to it XD
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jules-eye Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
WOW! that's REALLY good! :D I wish I could draw that well!
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Student Artist
Just keep working at it =) You'll get there.
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DuskChant Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow! Awesome coloring. At first I thought it was a 3d model.
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jo-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Student Artist
thanks!
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