Thursday, April 5, 2012

Flared dragon scales on my skin

This drawing started with a phrase in my head: "Dragon scales on my skin". WHERE the phrase came from is a mystery I'm not even going to bother with.
I could say the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, because I saw it more than a month ago and it's still reverberating and rippling inside; but I know it's not from there.
I don't particularly care for dragons, I don't identify with them like a lot of people do, I'm not fascinated by them in particular, I think I can count with one hand the amount of times that I've drawn a dragon.

The phrase then became: "Flared dragon scales on my skin", like when a cat's hairs stand on end when they're angry. I had the specific pose in mind, and I knew that I didn't want her to be entirely covered with scales, I just wanted her to have a patch of them on her back, like some kind of carapace or shield. I also didn't want to use watercolor or acrylic, like I usually do when I do colored drawings, I wanted it only to be pencil and colored pencil.
For the scales, I used the colored pencils and then on top of that, I shaded some more with the pencil. Which was a 3B.

So here she is:

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