The Arcane Dragonry

23rd August 2016

Where was I?

Ah yes… Last time I had just glued the horns in. I covered all of that visible hot glue with strips of paper to mimic the skin of the base of each horn. Also, paint will stick muuuch better to the paper than on the glue. I also added the nostrils: just bits of aluminium foil and tape covered in fabric. They’re big and wide, I really like them. I also like how they’re in a “rested” position, in comparison with Kaltakess. It inspires wisdom, somehow.

I also added cloth scales to the neck (as usual) and let them dry. Next  step was paint -finally!-, so first, I had to protect the horns from the paint. For this, I just wrapped each horn in plastic film and secured it to the base with regular adhesive tape. Now, regarding colours, it was tricky. Danorethos is black and red. Black is a pain to paint properly because it’s very dark, so it tends to look really flat. So well, aside from adding red and orange tones randomly to the skin, I went for the effect of redness around softer areas of the face, like the base of the horns, nose and eyes… you know, where soft tissue tends to be. Then of course, I painted all of the scales black. It turned out really nice, although I’m afraid the black wash will cover some of those beautiful vermillion tones. You can see the pictures below… alas, it doesn’t look nearly as good as in person.

I will show the final result in the next post. I hope it turns out ok!

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An old steel dragon hailing from another plane. She's been living among humans for a while now, learning about them and using her artistic talent to make recreations of relevant draconic figures from her homeland. Her aim is to teach humans about her kin and learn about them in return.

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