Almician Stables Picture

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After over half-a-year I finally got around to taking photos of this thing. It was an assignment for the Water Media class I took and was the point at which I said 'eff you assignments I'm drawing dragons'.

I wish I was able to take better photos of this. I ended up having to sharpen it quite a bit (but it actually looks pretty close to how it does IRL). It's still a little off with the color but, hey, I'm not that great at editing these things.

This piece shows a bit of scenery and setting for a comic I'm still in the planning stages of (need to thumbnail the first 'chapter' of it, have everything else written out). It takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth, about a little over thousand years from the apocalypse point in the Earth's history. The Earth by now has been warped from various geological activity as well as a few nuclear accidents. I have a map for what the Earth looks like at this time and most places are warped beyond recognition (such as Europe is a very large penninsula (like a sideways Florida) and North America is pretty fragmented and barren).
I'm not really following biology or evolution very well and really skewing both together, but I have a good reason for why giant lizards all of a sudden exist. It's a sort of evolution/radioactivity combo of things (and a bit of genetic engineering). They aren't exactly 'dragons' (meaning the mythological fire-breathing kind), more mutant komodo dragons and other reptiles, but due to their size and features people just refer to them as such (so yeah, they're pretty much dragons. just a more 'realistic' setting). Most of them have been domesticated and serve as a mode of transportation for postal services around the world but are also used on a military basis in a few countries.

edit: The species names for each (from left to right) are:
- Greater Almician Rex (due to it's dinosaur-like build)
- Coastal Drake / Dracofiend (due to their affinity for water, esp. coastal areas and their generally nasty nature)
- Painted Dragon (due to it's iridescent scales and truer dragon-look)
- Dracodactyl (due to it's pterosaur-like build; smaller cousins have similar head structure but are completely quadrupedal with no wings)

Now onto more technical things.

The original piece is actually 3 separate sheets of paper. It's a triptych. I edited this to make it look more like one full image but it's pretty obvious where each paper ends and another begins.

Each piece of paper is (I think it's Arches, don't remember) about 30 x 24 inches.

This piece is done is mostly watercolour, a bit of gouache, and a little bit of acrylic. Gouache was mainly used for the bases for the wood stalls and some highlights. Acrylic was used for extremely black shadows (but only a bit. I used more gouache for that than acrylic). Otherwise, the rest of the piece is watercolour.

I had a lot of fun working on this for hours a day over the course of I think...3 weeks? Don't really remember. I know I had to bring it home with me on Thanksgiving and did nothing but work on that and eat meals that entire break. I really loved some of the color gradients I got and went really crazy with the scales.
Oh yeah, each of those scales are hand painted, no special tools besides a very tiny paint brush were used to make them all. I get a bit... scale-happy sometimes Cx;


Almician Stables (c) Kim B. /
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