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Red Dragon by hibbary Red Dragon by hibbary
Here is the finished painting.

Could I have spent several days on it, correcting tone and adding details? Absolutely. Did I want to? Absolutely not :P

I may do some minor corrections somewhere down the road but for now, I will leave the painting as is. I'm afraid that the scan does not live up to the original despite a lot of fiddling in Photoshop but that is usually the case with real media.
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BoldRobber Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2015
Lovely bluegrey-red transition Is that an egg under her wingshield?
dianadragon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
nice dragon
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Nice :)
DragonZoo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   Writer
Awesome dragon, it's our dragon of the day
VoadorChama Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful texture on his wing shapes! :)
Dark-Dragon-13 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Gorgeous Dragon
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Writer
I love how the musculature of the wing shows.
katarthis Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fabulous finished product.

chordata1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
what mediums? looks awesome, i remember looking at this months back but now i am appreciating it again maybe even more so now
hibbary Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's acrylic :3
chordata1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
SarpaxD Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Perfect *-*
SarpaxD Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just perfect *-*
veinne Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   Photographer
.. I thought this was definitely digital.
AwkwardLoser Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Masterful Job!!! Gorgeous!!!
YourDream5 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
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Miuchmodi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Wow! Awesome!!! O.o
LifesnotFehr Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are becoming one of my favorites :)
Severah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love it <3
Jax-Vahr Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist
This is great! I like the lighting, but I can't figure it out though, lol. It looks like it's lit by the full moon at the back, but the front looks lit by a street lamp? Anyway, it looks great! If you don't mind, what size is the canvas this is on?
TheDragonDragoth Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice *-*
scott12330 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Artist
cool good work
LC-staticwind Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love the detail; small spikes on the nose ridge and chin, the web in the mouth corners, the taut distinction between the wing bones and flesh. Fantastic work. I'm jealous.
jezza01 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student General Artist
this looks so great... I really love the small details you've done
slayingallhumans Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
akeli Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
This is beautiful! I have a question for you. Do you think Traditional media is harder than Digital? There are quite a few people I know in the traditional area that seem to think digital is cheating or somehow tons easier. Do you find this to be the case?
hibbary Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think that digital is easier but I do think that it is less complex and ultimately less rewarding in regards to the end product.

A painting (or a drawing, sculpture, etc.) is a 3D object that interacts with all the senses (though I don't recommend tasting it). No paint or drawing tool is 100% opaque and because of this, layering is evident and important. There is a 3D aspect, even a subtle one. Digital only duplicates that process, and really very poorly. There is no genuine article. You can't hold a digital painting in your hands. You can print it out, but that's not the reality of the thing. The impact of a real, genuine piece of artwork is incredibly different than a print of that artwork or a print in general. You can't know unless you've visited museums and seen them for yourself. For example, I didn't 'get' VanGough until I saw his paintings in person. They were fucking amazing. No digital painting could ever compare. The idea of the Masters doing all their work digitally is horrifying to me.

Digital can be faster because of various shortcuts (this doesn't make it 'easier', just faster). It's ideal for artwork that is meant to be duplicated, like magazine images, newspapers, comics etc., art published solely on the web, like web comics, and developmental artwork that needs to get done quickly like concept art for games and so on. Because the point is to be duplicated, printed out, that 3D, real life quality is a moot point. This is where digital art really excels and it's the smart choice. However, for one of a kind, real life artwork, traditional all the way.
akeli Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much for your well-thought-out, excellent reply. This is kind of my thoughts too :) I never thought digital was easier or less of a medium, but I do think that nothing can compare to a traditional oil painting (product wise). I really would love to learn traditional painting, but it is too expensive for me. Thank you again. <3
hibbary Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oil painting is definitely a different animal. I like the blending and the realism it can produce but I hate working with toxic spirits and the ghastly mess it makes. A good alternative is getting good acrylic (Golden Acrylic), a little retarder (if slow drying is important to you), and make yourself a wet pallet (Necessary if you don't want your paint drying into hard blobs). You only need four colors as a minimum, the wet pallet is easy and cheap to make. I use bristol to paint on; it works perfectly well and is also pretty cheap. A few good brushes and you are good to go. Acrylic might not be 'traditional' as in having thousands of years of history but it is proving to be a worthwhile medium with possibly a longer life than oils (though only time will tell).

If you're interested in painting, I highly recommend giving it a go. High quality paints go a surprisingly long way.
GreendDay-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is art!!!
Sukiyo18 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love, simply... love!
nina-yun Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Like real
mitiko-tyan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow **
This is very nice
Parakflee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I wish I could paint like this... Good job! It's awesome~
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
This is awesome!
GiveEmTheDee Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist
This is awesome~!
I love it, the red of the dragon really stands out against the white/gray colors of the background, making it really draw your attention, I love it.
Awesome work :3
Lighting-the-Hunter Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Very nice!
She/He looks rather pissed!! :fear:
BUT, It's AWESOME work!!!!!!! :dance:
cyang908 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
nice :)
REDXIII-Nanaki Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Wow very cool, the color, the shading and everything is Excellent job! XD
EmbrynStormcat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
it's brilliant =) no worries
justicray Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool !!,I really love it :D:D.
Minachan-the-Neko Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
He's cooool. Wait, that was wrong of Minachan to assume that it's a boy just cuz it's a red dragon. It could be a girl. Anyways, rambling... Minachan thinks your dragon is awesome!
WISHiWASaWOLF Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
i love how you showed the different stages of this painting! that looks like a lot of work!!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional
sweet job
KesraReulen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
rabidbunnyd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure you might have said it somewhere in the process, but is this done in watercolor, acrylics....? both? It's amazing, btw, and I wish I had a little more patience with painting. I've only recently gotten into acrylics and I enjoy their flexibility, but I have yet to master blending or small details >< The medium frustrates me in that way
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