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Thief of pearls by Mystalia Thief of pearls by Mystalia
Hey guys! I'm back from vacation! I didn't have all that much time to draw, this is about the only thing I could manage, but I had a whole lot of fun with other things for a change.

So this will be my only holiday sketch this year. (Can you tell I love drawing dragons perched on rocks?) Only medium used is my trusty mechanical pencil (doesn't take much space in the trunk X) )

I will get to finishing my trade parts and commenting and replying to all of you as soon as I can, but first there's stuff to unpack and people to visit and sleeping to catch up on. It's late as heck here, and I need to go to bed. I'll get back to all of you soon!
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birdofj Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
He's so cute! :aww: I'm not really sure what's going on with the lighting, but the shading defines his shape very well. And I agree with those who've commented on the flow of his pose. Very organic. :thumbsup:
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Naw, the light isn't supposed to come from anywhere in particular ^^ Like how the light falls when the sky is cloudy all over, it's kind of everywhere. If that's the case, I can easily use the shadows to define shape and even suggest some things are of a darker color than others, rather than show where the light is coming from. That makes the design less confusing to look at. It's kind of a dull way to present shadows though, so I usually only do this when trying to show a new character without any dramatized lighting. Like in a ref sheet or sketchbook ^^

Thanks for the nice comment! And for stopping by too ^^ it's appreciated.
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birdofj Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Gotcha. It looks good, regardless. :)
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Such a lovely, slinky beast :heart:. I like how it looks a little grouchy and miserly as well. Nicely done!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, I must have missed this comment D: I always try to reply on everything, certainly on the things my regulars say. I feel very derpy now :/

And you're right, he's supposed to be a bit grouchy ^^ A grumpy, greedy little dragon, stealing pearls of wisdom from others. I was trying to create a pose for him which would feel as if he was trying to protect his loot, with an "it's mine!"-face X) Hence the hunching pose, the clinging to the pearl and the rock, and the half-closed wings, acting as shields to close the dragon off from the outside world =)
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
Aw, sometimes its taken me months to reply to stuff, so no worries!

Hee. I like that idea of him being a thief of ideas! He's like a dragon version of Scrooge :XD:
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Rhavencroft Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wish I had skills such as these ;o;
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much =) Though it's not as much skill as it is the result of a lot of practice ^^ Anybody can get to my level and way beyond by practicing hard.
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drawitout Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I always love how the poses in your drawings flow. c:
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^^ That means a lot. Often I see generic animals and creatures in somewhat static poses. It makes the creatures less real, so I try to vary my poses a bit =)
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Now I know the critter that stole my magic 8-ball years ago! lol

Hope you had a most excellent vacation. :)
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It must be somewhere in his lair. A request for allying partymembers that will aid in your quest to search for it, can now be filed at the local pub.

I did ^^ My vacation was marvelous, with a lot of sun, culture, sports and relaxation. But it's good to be back as well.
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The quest begins for one, and resumes for another. ;)
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mynameismyname777 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how much space you left empty, it makes it seem like the dragon is very high. Well done.
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I do this quite a lot, leaving space empty in the direction which the creature is facing. It prevents pictures from becoming to crowded and gives viewers a direction to follow. ^^ i'm glad it's appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by! =)
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AssassinGirlz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is so beautiful :D
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much ^^
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AssassinGirlz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no probs :D
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MuniaElena Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! wonderful shading :aww:
And glad to see you back :hug:
btw, i didnt forget about the commission, i'm just still struggling with what i want :/ I'll note you asap!
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I only had my pencil with me on vacation, so I couldn't color it, even though I wanted to :/ Maybe I'll color it digitally later ^^

And I'm glad to be back as well! Holidays are nice and dandy, but being back home is almost just as much fun. Having your own stuff with you again, seeing friends and of course being able to access a computer is great after three weeks of not having any of those things X)

And don't worry, you can take your time with thinking of an idea for that commission. As long as you don't forget it, I don't mind how long it takes. ^^
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ShadowRebirth37 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very gorgeous! I love the movement and flow of its body. :)
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I love sleeky, flexible dragons ^^ They can be drawn curled around things and still look good.

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like it =)
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ShadowRebirth37 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I love them too, there's just something about a long, serpentine body on a dragon that's so appealing. :)

And anytime!! :D
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EmilyRose481 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
i love this :D
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Mystalia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^^ I'm glad you do.
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EmilyRose481 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
ur welcome :)
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