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Silkara Refsheet by rah-bop Silkara Refsheet by rah-bop
Commission for *SilkenWinds
art © ~rah-bop

The tiny human silhouette in the top right corner is a brush by ~s3vendays.

DO NOT COPY, EDIT, OR REDISTRIBUTE THIS IMAGE IN ANY WAY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART. This ref sheet is for the exclusive use of *SilkenWinds, and you may NOT use this character or this image for ANY reason.
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:iconmaxxillius:
Maxxillius Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful purple tones.. <3 Very gorgeous dragon. :P
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:iconfireshrike:
Fireshrike Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My goodness, those gorgeous wings. -twitches-
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:iconforgotten-moon:
forgotten-moon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
hey. do you have a tutorial on how to do wings. these wings are awesome
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have any such tutorials, myself, but there are a few around dA that you could look at. Unfortunately, most of the wing tutorials are pretty awful. Here's the best one I found in about ten minutes of looking: [link] It's pretty good but it doesn't talk about ptagiums at all. But it's a good starting point.

Read this tutorial and then look at a million pictures of bird wings until things start to make sense.
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:icon0hikari8yami0:
0Hikari8Yami0 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Beautiful colours.
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:iconkevs95:
kevs95 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I'd like to ride one of those by the clouds..
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Those wings, goodness, those wings are fantastic XD
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:iconyour-name-here000:
Your-Name-Here000 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
she reminds me of saphira (however you spell it) from Eragon shes prettier though. :+fav:
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:iconnightddarkmoon:
NightDDarkmoon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
absolutly beautiful, i love the markings and the pendant
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:iconeyela:
Eyela Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
such a beatiful dragon! those details is just amazing!! 8Dlove the feathers!!! 8DDD
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:iconr-eventide:
R-Eventide Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a beautiful creature. I love the feathers.
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:icon290492laeti:
290492laeti Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful ! <3
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:iconashtardragonfire:
AshtarDragonfire Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful:omg:
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:iconraeth:
raeth Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
Is there any realistic anatomical reason why this dragon is essentially a gigantic ribcage with little legs attached, or do you just like dragons that look like giant cows.

Serious question.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Just to answer this. Dragons technically should have large rid areas to be capable of flight. The would need large lungs and the rib area would need to be heavily muscled for them to be able to power those wings so they can fly.

Look at any winged animal and you will notice lots of muscles in the area of the ribcage :B
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:iconraeth:
raeth Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
Shinerai's dragons have huge chests and muscles, and they don't look like cows.
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
What a rude comment. Rah drew this to my specifications, and furthermore, dragons aren't real creatures on this Earth, so how should a dragon's anatomy be? We don't really know.
Is there any realistic reason, therefore, why you have to be critical in a rude fashion instead of constructive criticism? Serious question.
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:iconraeth:
raeth Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
That's my point. Being mythical creatures, you can do any shape and form in the world, and made up. So why do you choose a giant cow with a massive flank?
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The question is pefectly valid, it's just the manner in which you previously asked it. That's my real point.
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:iconraeth:
raeth Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
You're right, I did intend to offend. I have no excuse other than I was probably sick of seeing dragons resembling the shape of freight that date.
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You know it's funny, I finally get around to seeing your own page and what's the first thing I notice? A rather chucky, well-rounded and flightless picture of your namesake as the featured deviation. Mind you, you ARE a talented artist, but you want to talk about "giant cow with massive flank"? Your dragon , especially without wings, looks EXACTLY like that.
(Sorry for the late response.)
I'm still waiting for you to send an apology to Rah. She's still a far more advanced artist than you anyday, and you could stand to learn things from her, rather than criticize. Me? No, I don't draw, I admit I have no talent in that department. But I do know good art when I see it.
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Skywalker91 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Although I usually don't like dragons with feathers, this was very, very beautiful. My first thought when I saw her was "Vervada" (Saphiras mother, for those who don't know). Very well done.
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Dragonmistral Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
Oh my goodness, Silkara looks absolutely beautiful! I actually goosebumped when I saw her wingspan - those feathers are GORGEOUS!

Excellent work as always, Rah...your dA gallery is always a treat to browse! ^^
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:iconagent12:
Agent12 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Beautiful! The coloring is amazing!
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sheapuppydog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Ah. /Base/ of the tail. I missed that. Dunno what I was thinking. So sorry. I wasn't insulting or anything. Just a question. Stupid on my part. It is a beautiful piece of work, to be sure. x3
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, no problem. XD and thanks.
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:iconelen89:
elen89 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
love the feathers :D
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sheapuppydog Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Hm hm.. Beautiful. Only, the sheet says that the spines start big at the head and gradually get smaller until the base of the tail. I only see the spines going to the middle of her back in the side view. There are none going down to her tail. Are they like tiny little spur thorns?
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No, the spines go only to the base of the tail (i.e. the top/back of the hips) rather than the tip of the tail. They eventually become really tiny, like little bumps, but because the way the wings are folded (or unfolded) they disappear behind the feathers in the side views. If you look hard you can see how they are in the view from above.
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:iconiellos:
iellos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love violet dragons... my char was violet too in the beginning. Beautiful anatomy, lovely and dragonlike!
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:iconblueeyedpython:
blueeyedpython Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your ref sheets are amazing, the body conformation, face muscles, the wings are flawless
everything is gorgeous!!!
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:iconhorsehuggingdragon:
Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
o0wow *pets* :faint:
absolutely gorgeous ^^ amazing detail!!
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:iconvoln:
voln Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Beauty-ful!
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:iconsejuay:
Sejuay Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well now, thar's a gorgeous dragon. :D
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:iconlakita-lover:
Lakita-lover Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
She's so beautiful!! Can I keep her?!
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:icondragonmists:
DragonMists Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Thats such a gorgeous dragon! You did very well!
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:iconneabulae:
Neabulae Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oooh! this looks great! i love your dragon art c:

the wings look great and i love the anatomy of the dragon, espicially the legs C:
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:iconoxipie:
Oxipie Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
could u do a ref sheet for me?
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If you feel like commissioning me, sure!
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:iconoxipie:
Oxipie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
could we do a trade? i could try and do one of urs and u draw mine? i cant sdo commissions
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really sorry. I just have too much on my plate right now to do trades. :(
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:iconswirlything:
Swirlything Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
That is a really beautiful dragon. Love your ref sheets ^_^
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:iconalcira:
Alcira Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
Remember me on Saphira from Eragon ^^
Very nice design! I love it!
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:iconendsdawn:
endsdawn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
An excellent reference sheet with beautiful art. Nice work.
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:iconandrea-koupal:
andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Nicely done dragon!
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:iconladyangelwings:
LadyAngelWings Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Awesome job :D
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:iconcheesefreeak:
cheesefreeak Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Student Digital Artist
awesome work, the colors are very good.
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:iconfirechant:
firechant Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Oh, my god. She's so PRETTY! *dies* Those wings are AWESOME.
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:iconjakkaru-okami:
Jakkaru-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Pretty :D ^.^ My birthstone is Amethyst lol
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:iconzithedragon:
ZItheDRAGON Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow the design is awsome ^.=.^

all i can say now is that i like it >.=.>;;;;
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