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Creating this dragon has become quite a challenge in major planning of what to do first. How far do I put the scales before the arms are attached? Do I need to paint the breast plates first and how much? Anyway, I decided that most of the body painting could be done before I added the arms, but to be honest, the whole thing just felt so back-ass-wards! I have always completed the fabric mâché part of the project first and then painted the whole thing after. The reason his tail was painted later was just so I had something to hang on to.


I loved the green color, but it was so bright! I knew I was going to have to do a black wash over it and maybe some texture colors.


This is how his legs looked with a little more work.


Wasn’t sure I liked that camo-look, but it is what it is!

img_2242_ccI did some work on the head in the meantime adding some toilet paper clay for texture and the air-dry clay as the lines alongside his nose.


Now that I have done as much as I can with his head separate, it is time to attach it to the body.


I wanted to blend the head with the fabric mâché cloth I just applied, so I floated out the seams with Spackle and lightly sanded it. Now it will be ready as the scales are moved up the neck.


Before I added those scales, I wanted to add texture to his jaw and around his cheeks. This was done with the same toilet paper clay used on he other parts of the dragon.


Now that his head is on the body and the scales were placed high enough, it was time to add his arms. Of course, I had to make sure everything was painted anywhere near the arms to make the rest of the painting easier.



More scales were now overlapped and blended into the existing scales. I finished  the scaling up the rest of the neck all the way to his head.



More Spackle was brushed on and sanded to blend the head with the new scales.


Now that the body is nearly completed with scales and textures, It is time to work on some horns, wings, and I thought some nice small vertical scales down his back might look good.

Sooooooooooooo… next post: Horns, wings, and back scales!