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Old 10-28-2002, 02:26 PM
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I vote for dark greens and gold. Then you can put a little wreath around his neck and hang him up for Christmas.

Seriously though, with the way those wings look, I have a yearning to see him more realistic and lizard-like in color. Or, in honor of when you made him, you could do him in fall colors...red-oranges, golds, and browns.
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Finishing up the wing attachment ...

I slip-stitched the wing membrane down to the back of the dragon. This keeps the wing from swinging out away from the body, and also looks like a wing should.



Then I added more glue to the underside of the wing where it joins the shoulder. This glue will dry and harden to keep the wing from swinging back in the other way, towards the body.



Then I slathered some glue down the back wing seams, too, just to give it strength.



And here's the dragon, fully constructed, ready for gesso!!!



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He looks fantastic, Amy! I really love the way you did the wings this time.
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Okay, now it's time to gesso the dragon. I use acrylic gesso and cover the entire body, including the hard sculpted bits and the glue eyes. This serves two purposes. It stiffens the fabric and locks it permanently into the shape you want it in (over time, the stuffing inside a fabric sculpture can shift and bunch, so if you 'freeze' the surface like this even if the stuffing did shift, it wouldn't alter the look of the sculpture). This is especially useful for the wings because when the fabric is stiff it adds strength to the whole wing structure. It also prepares the surface for painting. If you tried to paint it without putting down gesso first, it'd be a nightmare - the fabric would soak up all the paint and the colors would be blotchy - it'd be like painting on unprimed canvas.

The more gesso you put on, the stiffer the fabric will get. Two coats usually does it for me, to make sure I get a good layer on everything.

Because the ears are still just loose flaps of fabric, the gesso helps you to position them. Get them good and saturated with gesso and then use your fingers to press them flat and shape them however you want them. Acrylic gesso dries pretty quickly, so you have to work fast.



Here's the whole dragon, with its first coat of gesso. Looks better now without all those pencil marks, doesn't it?



Ready for painting!!!

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this is coming along great! Congrats on the sticky thread too This is going to make a great tutorial, you are doing such a fantastic job in exlpaining what you are doing!
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My hat's off to you! This quite a dragon! I am your everlovin follower in this WIP.

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Don't know if it is too late to vote for his color, but I like the fall color scheme idea. Bronzes and golds, maybe.
With just a touch of blue underbelly so when he is flying he will blend in with the sky.



Call him Rusty?
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Okay, I went with an autumn colors theme. Here he is painted, waiting for some varnish before I glue the mane on. Whaddya think?



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Oh Amy, this is so amazing.
Beautifully painted. Very lizard.
You're an inspiration to us all.

Many Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us.
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Amy:

This is absolutely awesome. An incredible piece of work, and a fantastic lesson as well.

Could we see a front view? I would like to see his face.

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WOW. doesn't he look terrific

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YAY!!! You rock,girl. What an informative thread and a spectacular payoff.
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Oooh. I love the autumn colors, and I really love the way you did the striping on the tale. Great work on this, Amy. Thank you SO much for letting us peek in on the process.
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Done!!! A coat of varnish (matte acrylic varnish) and a tufty mane, and he's done.



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Excellent!

What is the mane made of and how did you attach it?

And does she have a name? How about a poll on it?

It's amazing how the wings look leathery.(is that a word?)

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