The Luck Dragon Process and Print


While most dragons are protective over their gold, the luck dragon is not as it provides luck to those who need it most.


The Luck Dragon was originally created from the first prompt from the Inktober challenge for 2019. I liked it that much that I decided it just had to have a place in my illustrations.


My plan for Inktober was to record all of the prompts that I wanted to do and create a video process of all of them but as it turns out, this one is the only one I liked enough to take any further than a hand-drawn illustration.

A quick Sketch

This doesn't happen very often but as soon as I sat down to draw something from the Inktober prompt I had an instant idea of what I wanted to create.


Ring is the first prompt of Inktober 2019.


I started my sketch with simple shapes and the idea that the dragon was going to be circling so as to represent the idea of a ring.


At this point, I wasn't sure what my dragon was going to look like or what colours I was going to use other than it was going to be an off-white dragon.


I did, however, know I wanted fur in place of spikes on it's back as my dragon did need to look peaceful and fur would flow better as the dragon circled itself.


Inking the Sketch

After I'd finished the sketch I moved on to my favourite part, inking!


My tools of choice here are Pigma Micron fineliners. I bought them about 2 years ago and seldom used them back then but this year has been one inked illustration after another.


Starting with the outline of my sketch, I drew around my dragon with a 0.5 which I can thicken up later if I want to.


For the bigger details, I used a 0.3 pen and for the finer details, I used 0.1 and 0.2. I try not to use the smallest sizes too much as the method I have for turning my illustrations into digital art might lose some of those lovely little details.


I also decided to add a circle to the image as I felt it was lacking something.


Digitizing and Colour

I use a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to make my hand-drawn images digital.


After scanning, the image need tweaking a bit before giving the image a transparent background. Once the background has gone and most of the paper detail is removed, I then take the image into Illustrator to create digital linework - I won't go into too much detail here as this is a whole other subject!


Colouring was quite easy for this illustration as I already knew it was going to be a white dragon so all I needed to choose was the fur colour. The circle was going to be shiny metal.


For my illustrations, I like to keep them simple as I don't enjoy sitting for too long doing the same things over and over.


As simple as this:

  1. Base colour

  2. Shadows

  3. Highlights if necessary - most of the time they are not.

For the circle, I used a metallic rose gold pattern.


Where Can You Get This Print?

There are a few places that you will be able to get a physical print of the Luck Dragon.


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© Charmaine Bailey 2020