...looking for sheep. He is flying in New Zealand, after all. 'Tis a bit blurry, download for a clearer view.
I got progressively frustrated with this as I went along. In the process of shading it, I've learned a few lessons: first, it's fine to use dark pencils (this was done primarily with my 3B and 5B pencils; thanks those of you who commented that I needed more contrast in my drawings!), and second, it's a really good idea to sharpen your pencils first.
I'm fairly happy with the end result, though. The wings were especially fun to shade. I'm going to have to use that technique more often. The scales were annoying, partly because it's hard to do detailed shading on something that small with a not-sharp pencil. I lost a lot of the scales' definition because of that. But, overall, I guess it looks alright.
The background is a photo I took of a beautiful river valley in central Otago in New Zealand. I took the color out and gave it some noise to try and make the pencil drawing fit the background better. Also a learning experience. XD This was one of those spots I photographed because, when I saw it, I thought to myself, "I could totally see a dragon flying through there." XD
Medium: pencil on sketchbook paper
Time: Three hours, including adding the background in GIMP
Completed: 19 July 2012
Feel free to comment! I love hearing people's thoughts and tips on what I can do better.