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Copyright © Renee Franke
Watercolor and colored pencil with digital enhancement. (18x24) An old painting recently polished up and finished in Painter 8. Crosses both the 'Asian design elements' theme of "Mask" and "Leather" and 'Mystical Beings' of "Elven Moonlight".
I have an original design of this in pencil which was part of the 'Asian design elements' theme project for one of my art classes but had wanted to do a color version, which happened to fit the 'Mystical Beings' theme I was working on the following semester.
The original watercolor painting I had used metallic colored pencils for the gold and silver embroidery and the trail-off into the dragons. Unfortunately, metallics don't reproduce well so converting it to digital lost much of the dragon pattern in his clothes. So I had to rework it in Painter. Buttons too.
Also his hair hadn't been quite how I wanted it, so I repainted it digitally. Finally, the dragons weren't finished with the detail I intended, so I watercolored them digitally in Painter. I wanted to retain as much of the original as possible and keep any digital alterations within a traditional media tone and true to the original medium.
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