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Rachael Mayo

"Stone Dragon 08: Opal Moon" by Rachael Mayo

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This one was DIFFICULT. One, I feel weird about pastels. What's most troubling is that I can handle them well, and I don't like 'em much at all. But look, evidently they like me. How kind of pastel colors to like me.

Two, this one took a lot longer to finish than I thought it would. This was due mostly to the fact that I had to think about each individual scale in relation to everything around it, because each opalescent scale had to read "opal" in and of itself, as well as help the whole dragon read the same way. It got away from me in some places; there are plenty of confusing bits in this picture even with Photoshop tweaks for clarity.

That's not to say that I'm not jazzed about it. It's FINISHED! Finally finished! There's probably sixty hours in this thing all together, which is about twice as long as I took with any of the others. Needless to say, no more opal-themed artworks for a while.

Prismacolor pencils, metallic paint pen, Photoshop tweaking.

2 Mar 2010:-) Anne Wipf
Very beautiful. Congrats on the MP 1

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "Thanks very much."
2 Mar 2010:-) Richard La Pierre
Wow! another great piece, for your impressive gallery.

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "Thanks very much. I’m glad you like this new dragon."
2 Mar 201045 Jennifer
That is very beautiful. I draw dragons too but I would never make something like that. Great work there

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "Thanks very much!

I think it’s just a matter of practice, and of wanting to make each new picture better than the last one. I’ve been hard at it for nearly twenty years, and I promise you that I still have a long way to go and lots to learn."
2 Mar 2010:-) Johanna Ahonen
Wonderful! It’s so beautiful. Breathtaking... can’t think of more to say. 2

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "Thanks very much!"
2 Mar 2010:-) Chelsea L Pennelly
beautiful. I love all the color

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "Thank you. All that color is certainly a lot of the fun on a project like this."
3 Mar 2010:-) Emma Stephenson
what a well deserved mod’s choice! I’m wondering why you did a second opal, but my birthstone’s opal so I’m not complaining. Your art is so lovely

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "LOL! I’d wondered if anyone would notice that...

I had originally planned to make Opal Moon a Moonstone piece, but I added too much orange initially. I liked the way that the colors were working, but I realized quickly that it was NOT going to be moonstone after all. Howzabout another opal? says I. "
3 Mar 2010:-) Emma Stephenson
*Deep weird voice* I notice everything, my dear. 12 I really like this one (I find it depicts the opal much more opally than the other one) I hope you don’t mind if I use this for my desktop wallpaper for the next month or so.

:-) Rachael Mayo replies: "LOL LOL... Nope, don’t mind a bit."
15 Jun 2011:-) Kristen Heritage
Those 60 hours really show. This is an excellent piece.
17 Apr 2012:-) Emma Stephenson
i had this as my desktop background for a month and I still can figure out how it connects together.
9 Jul 2012:-) Faith Gerhardt
That is beyond amazing!!!
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'Stone Dragon 08: Opal Moon':
 • Created by: :-) Rachael Mayo
 • Copyright: ©Rachael Mayo. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Dragon, Moon, Opal, Serpent, Stone, Sun
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc
 • Techniques: Coloured Pencils, Coloured Ink, Photoshop
Modpick •  Mod Pick at: 2010-03-02 02:02:16
 • Submitted: 2010-02-23 15:54:33
 • Updated: 2010-02-25 16:42:38
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