So -- you may remember this sketch (though frankly I cannot remember whether I posted it here or not): a sketch of a medieval column capital from the National Museum of the Middle Ages (also known as the Musée de Cluny) in Paris, composed toward the beginning of the Fontainebleau experience.
I decided that this was the first candidate of this batch of European sketches for print-ification for Society6. So! What is interesting about this column? DRAGONS are what is interesting about this column.
That worked quite well, and I liked the texture of the feathers on the red dragon's lower body.
The background was just not doing it for me -- the flat gradient seemed both dull and a little inauthentic to the weathered texture of the medieval piece of stone this idea came from. I thought about using a stone pattern from the internet, but the only patterns I found were a) expensive and b) too regular to be interesting. I then took a piece of watercolor paper and made a large speckled "gradient" of my own, which I put behind all the other layers (set on "multiply," my favorite setting for layers) in the Photoshop file.
After more contemplation, I decided the swirls were two busy, and replaced them with one solid shape to indicate the purple dragon's body.
And, the final print (with bonus shading!) It's now on sale at my Society6 page -- click over to purchase and/or promote.