Monday, July 27, 2009

Dragon Pattern

Dragon Pattern
Originally uploaded by RNSaffold

Someone I know owes me a dragon. Adobe Illustrator CS2.


C. Batista said...


Quite an adorable eastern dragon, s'got that unusual lion-like fu-dog thing going on with its face... and such a happy smile to boot, quite different from the fearsome expressions they have.

This image reeks of cute and festive nature, perfectly utilizing the emotive red color (which is a symbol of good luck in China.) All of the other colors you have are also near it on the color wheel, purple, orange, and a warm yellow. A perfect choice of color scheme for the occasion.

Normally I'd complain about the red dragon on the red background getting lost, but I can still see it mostly when I squint my eyes, so it's not really that big a deal, and the yellows and oranges you put onto it's design help it pop out.

If I were to try the same thing, I might have put the dragon on a purple background, a light one like you have in the smoke from the fireworks, not the one used for the linework. I'm not sure how it would turn out exactly, but it might help the dragon pop while providing a complimentary contrast with the bottom half of the image... though, admittedly, the lack of red would deprive it of the festive nature. Perhaps the purple would be better for something that's more of a scene-sort of illustration, working for the atmosphere of night.

Either way, I enjoy this piece. GOOD JORB! :D

RNS said...

Batista Banana! First of all thank you so much for the well thought our response and critique!

I did this piece as a sort of "I would love to design children's clothing" sort of thing, where the dragon would be the main icon on a dress or a shirt. The pattern would be used for a skirt of pants or pajama bottoms, what have you. I guess the colors relate so closely because I was also thinking of texture, like satin fabrics embroidery etc. I did try the purple, but alas, it sort-of lost some of the festive-ness, and was much calmer. I would say if I made it into little girls pajamers, purple would be the way to go and the red would be pushed either more cool or with more yellow added to compliment it. Does that make sense?

Anyways, thank you so much for the compliments and the criticisms, it is always appreciated, old friend!

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