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Soaring Skies by Trigar Soaring Skies by Trigar
This is the background I came up with to compliment this dragon drawing I had finished earlier. [link] Since the original dragon was a tattoo design for a customer and is currently in his possession and not mine, this background was done entirely separate from the dragon. I simply couldn't leave the dragon background-less :)

I scanned both images into the computer and put them together using photoshop. That was the only thing I used photoshop for; no other photoshopping was done to this image (except to adjust brightness/contrast so that it matched as closely as possible with the original drawings)

Materials used: Pencils 2H - 3B, Tortillion, kleenex, kneadable eraser.

Background original size: 12x11
Dragon original size: 23x13

I'd like to thank everyone who contributed background ideas! Your ideas were GREATLY appreciated!! Thank you so very much!!

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:iconmylessullivan:
MylesSullivan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very dramatic and vibrant. I like your two headed dragon design, its a bit unusual and thus succeeds.
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much! Definitely one of my favourites, glad you liked it too :)
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sythesite Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
this is pretty exquisite. The dragon is very unique and detailed and I love the background
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I appreciate your comment. It definitely was an interesting piece to do.
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slinkyskinked Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
this is great .I suck at backgrounds.this mustve taken a while to finish
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:icontrigar:
Trigar Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Backgrounds definitely are time consuming and require patience but are so worth it in the end :)
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StingRoll Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is some stunning pencil work.
Both the dragon and the background look absolutely fantastic.
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Trigar Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words!! I'm very glad you enjoyed it:D
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StingRoll Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This must have been a whole bunch of work... you got to have a great amount of patience! :thumbsup:
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Trigar Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
on the right day, yes, lots of patience ;) lol
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Phantom-Shadow16 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome beyond words!!!
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:icontrigar:
Trigar Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Phantom-Shadow16 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome :)
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LucaRossiMartini Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Wonderful!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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dead-star Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
It's beautiful, well done :D
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Trigar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love dragons :D
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PunVisual Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing details! I love the way you've shaded this, so soft and real-like, you really know how to use pencils :D great job!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words!! i really appreciate it and glad you enjoyed it:D
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ChatterFox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like the idea of putting two pictures together...I find it hard to draw a cool background behind the main drawing...I'll have to try that! anyway I love the style of this piece, the dragon is awesome, but I especially like the mountain and the planets in the background. It's just so cool!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I must admit, the only reason I did the background separate was because the original dragon was a commission for a tattoo design(partial back design) I loved how it turned out and couldn't turn away the opportunity to draw an equally cool background. It was a little work to cut the image of the dragon out (and make it blend perfectly to look as though the whole thing was one drawing) but definitely worth it. Sometimes what I do (and I've done it a couple of times) is if I have an idea for a portrait or single character to draw but no background idea, I leave the original one blank...fiddle around on a separate piece of paper to do the background and then merge the two together in photoshop like I did with this piece. Although I will admit I haven't done that too often because then I'm left with no 'original' drawn piece I can hang up on my walls ;) But I definitely find it a 'safe' way to do a drawing if I'm playing with background designs and can't make up my mind of what exactly I want. Good luck with your pieces!!
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ChatterFox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip!!! I have done that too where I draw a cool character...but leave the background blank because I can never figure out what to do on the back or I am afraid of ruining it...:shrug: I just got photoshop so I am excited to try this technique too! thanks again! and your picture is still awesome:D
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Be prepared for lots of trial and errors with photoshop! Once you figure it out though, I think you'll be genuinely pleased with it.
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ChatterFox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I already love it:D it can be hard figuring out all the shortcuts:)
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
If you can afford it, buy Adobe Photoshop (insert version you have): Classroom In A Book. I got it when I was learning and it really helped!! Great book in my personal opinion, for learning photoshop
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ChatterFox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
cool! Ill have to look into it:D thanks a lot!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome:D
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GreatKing Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
This is a fantastic fantasy piece
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:icontrigar:
Trigar Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! Difficult coming up with a background, but I personally love the end result:)
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yobanda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Fantastic!!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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yobanda Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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Lupa-Rutila Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Very dynamic, fantastic light :) I like the idea of other dragons in the back very much. Your use of pencil is amazing. So smooth.
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Trigar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This one, I gotta admit, was such a break from my usual works that it was quite interesting to do and to compose!! I definitely had an interesting time with this piece and love the end result! Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoy my style so much:D Always gratifying to hear!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully detailed! :clap: You've got some amazing shading skills! :D
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Trigar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I take it as a great compliment coming from a fellow artist as skilled as yourself!
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist
this is good!!! :)
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Trigar Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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weida34 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist
:thumbsup: :)
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Andre-Sutherland Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
So much detail!
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Trigar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It definitely was a lot of detail ;)
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drawman61 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: incredible detail, great work
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:icontrigar:
Trigar Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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TheSignmaker Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Gifted hands....
A big :hug: and a :handshake:
You have my respect!
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Trigar Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words! Very appreciated! Glad you enjoyed it!
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TheSignmaker Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Hi Trigar,
You have great work here! We started a new group in DA for traditional artists.
If you like come and have a look:
[link]
and if you are interested to join us, you are more than welcome! I believe you would blend in perfectly, so if you like to share your work with us do not hesitate!
Regards from TheSignmaker :handshake:
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:icontrigar:
Trigar Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the kind words and the invite! I'll take a look and get back to you!
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syvyan Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
fantastic. just fantastic.
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Trigar Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed it:D
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