Dragon's Lair by leowinstead

Dragon's Lair

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Added: Jul 28, 2002
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Artwork Description

A red dragon comes upon an unsuspecting snack in its underground lair.

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Thanks. Originally, I had a more diffuse light coming in from the left, but it just wasn't striking enough. Backlighting always adds more drama.

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Thanks, Dan. The dragon I sketched out is much different from the one that ended up in the painting. The left arm was in a different position altogether and the body had less twist in it. It's nice to know that the changes paid off in the final result.

Guest's picture

Is it just me, or is there a demonic little face in the dragon's mouth? Great work, and excellent touch with the light on his back.

wolverat's picture

Outstanding, Leo. The dragon is really well done. Nice composition.

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When I first started working with acrylics, it was tough to get over the fast drying time. The key for me was to do lots of glazing and mix the paint in with some retarder. I keep my palette real simple (only four or five colors) and just blend the colors in on the board as I work.

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Thanks, Cynthia. I wasn't sure if the dragon would come off as menacing enough, but with the end result I think it works.

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Stan, I really appreciate your compliment. Your work is very impressive as well.

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Thanks, Patrick. Because it's going on a magazine cover, I wanted to keep the composition very straight-forward and simple with lots of negative space.

mcf's picture

Brilliant indeed, and original too Smile Nice colors and brushstrokes, and good job using the acrylics - I find them hard to use.

Guest's picture

Brilliant placement of light, Leo...the painting emits a great sense of scale and proportion.

swisnie's picture

Leo, I agree with Patrick. You know how to paint and draw. Your work is professional.

megaflow's picture

Outstanding, Leo - very professional! I love how the flames "frame" the snack/warrior.

Art at its best.