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Vance's Dragon by JessicaMDouglas Vance's Dragon by JessicaMDouglas
In May I posted a journal about my friend Vance, who had passed away. One of the things I regretted most was that I had not had the time to do the tattoo he had wanted me to do for him. So I took the time this week to go over all the reference pictures and all the notes I had, and do something I felt he would like. It was a bit of a challenge to match the palette that he usually used in his work but.. I did try to keep a more neutral, limited palette.

His gallery can still be viewed here: wreckles.deviantart.com/

Please take some time to look through it. He was a dark artist, but.. he was my friend and I miss him a great deal.

Medium: Hand cut mica stone was used to all the scales. Then metallic pigments melted over the stone to create the silvery look. Crushed mica paint for the pearl the dragon holds, watercolors, acrylic, and a little colored pencils. Very mixed media.

The frame was one I found at a thrift store and just... felt it worked.

Awards People's choice award, Westercon 67, 2014
Best in Show, Westercon 67, 2014
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zombiecarter Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
That's a really nice piece. 
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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dholms Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mind boggling gorgeous.
wow.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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whiteecho Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Traditional Artist
Vance was incredible.  I knew him personally.  He had his art displayed at his funeral viewing. I am still heartbroken about his passing.  

If you place this on the shop I will purchase a print or if there is another way to buy a print, I would greatly appreciate it.  

This is so very thoughtful and truly honors Vance Trancygier's memory. 
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
I do have prints available, though they are all hand stretched canvas. The original is going to his sister.
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whiteecho Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015   Traditional Artist
That would be wonderful for a print if they are still available for purchase.   
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
This is gorgeous. A loving tribute. I can tell is looks even more captivating in person. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend but glad you both had a friendship. Friends are wonderful.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much
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Andarelle Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
What a beautiful tribute and work of art
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much
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Quaisor Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Magnificent!
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
<3 <3 <3
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to hear your loss, Jessica. It's a beautiful tribute and a stunning work :heart:
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you ; ;
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:huggle:
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Wolf-Ninja001 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
im sorry for your loss but the picture is magnificent.
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:iconjessicamdouglas:
JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Gorgeous work, Jess.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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:iconuneide:
Uneide Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
That a lovely tribute Jess.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks Apis, that means a lot ; ;
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Ryua Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is spectacular. Such a lovely tribute.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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zemimsky Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that is - Magnificent !!!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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plexar37 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*floored*  That is so beautiful... a very worthy tribute.  I imagine your friend being quite, quite pleased.Hug
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm not much of a believer of an afterlife, but if there was one I would hope he owuld like it ; ;
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plexar37 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think he would... it's so full of awesome :)
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Girasols-reflection Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
A lovely tribute, I'm sure Vance would be delighted.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
*smiles* I hope so.
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nightblood06 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely!
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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GearsofFlight Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, and an absolutely stunning way to honor his memory.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much
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chaosia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So shiny, I bet this catches the light wonderfully in real life and looks amazing.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, it really does in some really cool ways.
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celestriastars Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
It's simply stunning.  It's obvious how much you loved your friend by the amount of thought, work and detail you put into this piece done in his memory.   
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you ; ; He was a good friend, even though we didn't hang out NEARLY often enough.
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are a gem, my friend.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
*hugs face off*
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skiesofchaos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
I think the frame is a perfect fit for that piece. Gentle thoughts for your memories.
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
And I just stumbled on it at a thrift store. Best find ever.
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HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly beautiful and a great way to honor his memory. Fantastic work :)
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is gorgeous Jess... I dunno what it is specifically about this piece... reminds me of jewelry a little. I do love the more muted, consistent colour palette, lends it a certain maturity (not that your other pieces don't have that, but they're always a little more whimsical, this feels more... solid?) And that frame! I am jealous of your frame finding/making abilities. 
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
You know, it reminds me of jewelry too. It might be the fact that it's not really painted, it's chunks of stone and melted metal that make the shapes? I really, really liked workign with this color palette, and I tried to push myself on different tones too. I may not be able to SEE them very well but I noticed that I had just given up even trying with what tones I could see and made everything flat. So i'm trying to push myself that way too.

Oh Sam.. I have SO MANY frames here now. Literally a pile of frames that I'm slowly making art for lmfao. Oddly enough I noticed I work better colorwise when I already have a frame picked out. Does that make sense to you at all?
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aye, it makes perfect sense, it's like having a swatch to match to. :) I also realised the reason it makes me think of jewelry is the occasional beading I do - reminds me of a cellini spiral (4.bp.blogspot.com/_nAWXs9avYqE…
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JessicaMDouglas Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
oooooooooh oh wow that's beautiful. Dude, my step mom is sending me ALL her jewelcrafting things. I'm thinking about doing some mixed media paintings with beadwork included in them.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've not had time to do any beadwork in aaaages. It is a dark pit of addiction, though, when you realise how many sheer possibilities there are with it, especially combined with things like wire wrapping or kumihimo braiding. Evenmoreso when you realise there are such things as dragon scale beads :O artandtea.files.wordpress.com/…
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