Winged Reptile-Critter

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Jennifer Cabbage

This is the colored version of my critter, who is winged and reptilian but not a dragon. The critter is a sketch that I scanned in, outlined, colored in and shaded, etc. The background is a Terragen render. If you look at the original sketch, you'll see that I changed the position of the second wing so you can actually see that there is one- me being me, I forgot to do that until I had everything else completely done. So I did a lot of creative rotate, cut, copy, paste, transparency settings to get that second wing in there. Ugh. ;) The eye is actually a scan of a tiny tumbled piece of quartz crystal, about a quarter-inch diameter sphere. Since it was scanned on a flatbed with the lid up in a dark room, it scanned very dark, but it makes a nice round-looking bit to use for various applications.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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