"Dragon Lore" Inked Lines

My goodness, my eyes are so tired after inking this piece. T_T  After I color this one, I'll have to do something really simple to release some of the stress...lol.  I had no idea that drawing a dragon was going to be this tiring. XD

I like this one a lot so far.  Like it enough as a line piece I'm thinking I might work on this some more to make it work as a standalone, black & white, traditional piece AFTER I finish coloring the digital version (to meet the deadline for EV).

There was a time not too long ago when I used to do nothing but black & white, pen & ink pieces.  As I started doing digital coloring of my inked lines, I stopped working on my drawings 'all the way', meaning stopping short of filling in all the dark areas with various shading techniques.  I like stippling (time-consuming, but the results are always worth the time) and crosshatching for shading.  I like the way this drawing looks at this point, and there's a part of me that wants to see this finished with all the dark parts filled in.  ^^

Moments like this remind me of my love for simple, basic art tools like biro (ballpoint pen) and pencil.  Ballpoint pen has become a medium that I use in every piece -- I love the control it affords me.


  1. as i said on facebook, i think you did an amazing job here!! that dragon is so superbly done! :D
    i am really excited to see how you color it, but i agree i think it holds all on its own as a black and white piece and gosh i love stippling... do it!! ^^

  2. Thank you!! ^^ The dragon was so confusing to sketch out with all the twisting and bending going on. XD I'm so glad the tedious process of inking is done with. Still kind of undecided about the color scheme. I like the idea of blue-green dragon, but I'm also tempted by red as well as white/silver... ^^;

  3. oo i totally get that. i just started painting the dragon today and i hadnt been able to decide this whole time on the color -_- it feels like a big decision, it changes the painting quite a bit.
    white and silver would be amazing - but im also leaning towards bluey green...luckily youre painting it digitally so you can practice color schemes :D

  4. Yep, red gives an aggressive feeling to the picture, while blue/green is mysterious (and reptile-y lol), and white/silver makes the dragon look like a spirit. I got started in the blue/green scheme. (And it's true I can totally change the colors now or later using a photo-editing program, too.) :D

  5. Hi, first I want to tell you that I love and admire your work! I love to make greeting-cards and I especially love colouring images with my Copic Markers. Your images are just perfect for my needs and I bought some at the Scrapbook Stamps Society. If you are interested, you can have a look at my first try on your "Snow Queen" at my blog http://kreativmonsters.blogspot.com/2012/01/rosa-grau.html
    Will "Dragon Lore" be available as Inked Lines, too? I really adore it!
    Big Hugs

    1. Hi, Barbara! Thank you so much for your comment. I saw your card with "Snow Queen" in pink and grey and it was LOVELY. And yes, this line art should become available at the Scrapbook Stamp Society soon. Thank you again!!


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