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God of snakes by Mystalia God of snakes by Mystalia
Finished watercolor, no background commission for ~Angels-do-Exist
It's the dragon form of her OC. It has a row of scale plates on both its belly and its back, for those of you who were confused. I had tons of fun drawing this ^^ I love drawing serpents and snake-like creatures. I also got to try out my new watercolor paper, which is amazing.

If it were my design, I think I would have colored it differently. When I was done with the sketch, I imagined how good it would look in browns and reds, or maybe a light green, like a mayan god. But it turned out ok in white as well. I was a bit hesitant at first, but it looks nice after all.

The colors I mostly used here are a dark type of blue, cool greys, Magenta and a type of brown. Media used: Rembrandt watercolors, mechanical pencil, black ballpoint pen, black indian ink.

I do hope ~Angels-do-Exist likes it. =)

I am open for commissions, for anybody who would like to know. Check my main userpage for prices and information.
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inkdweller Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow this is gorgeous. I love the different shades in the shadows on the white, it looks almost iridescent.
I'd love to learn how to color with watercolor, do you have any tips for a beginner?
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you! I'm glad you like my work!

And sure, I can spare a few tips =) Watercolor is a lovely medium to work with and traditional artists are getting fewer and fewer, so it's always nice to see someone who wants to try their hand at it. 

I guess there are two main things that I can give you a tip on. First of all, try out different kinds of paper and see which one you like best. Some watercolor papers are very very rough, which creates awesome textures but can be hard to work with, and some are smoother or more less absorbing, which gives a totally different feel to a picture. Don't automatically go with the first kind of paper you try, try all of them and find your favorite! =D

Secondly, don't be afraid to work with different colors than the one you are going for. For example, if you want to make something look red, don't hesitate to shade with purple or highlight with green! If you study colors closely you can create awesome-looking things with multiple colors; it will give your picture the kind of depth it wouldn't otherwise have.

Oh, and a final little thing: Because watercolor is such an easy, transparent paint and dissolves in water, you can easily combine it with other materials once you're done painting. I often put on an extra layer of ballpoint for shading or white acrylic highlights, but I've also heard of people combining colored pencils with their watercolor base. It's a perfect material to experiment with, so don't hold back =)
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Syndira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what is indian ink ?
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_in…

It's a type of black ink used for drawing, usually used in combination with brush or dip pen.
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Syndira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok thank you c: I really like your ink drawings and I was just woundering about it c:
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem ^^ maybe you can try it out one day.
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Syndira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
maybe ._. im still learning how to color >.< colors are my weaknessss.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indian ink is black! So no need for fancy coloring skills =) Though it's probably smart to keep practicing ^^
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Syndira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well maybe ill give it a try some time Sweating a little... and I am im trying t do water color pencils but I just cant get the hang of it Waaaah! 
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never really could get into watercolor pencils. I tried using them, but they're just not my thing. I much prefer to work with a brush and watercolor paints, as it feels much smoother and is easier to correct.
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