They're shiny 'cause they're beads!
Certainly another experimental piece. And utterly, completely impossible to get a decent picture of. Or even several decent pictures of. But I've already improved with a bit more to go.
Umi is an aquatic dragon, living beneath landscapes of ice. Not needing much in terms of defense, her body is designed more for swimming and digging beneath sand and mud.
Tivona's just a young thing, barely old enough to fly, but she's desperately curious about the world. You can see where "jewel dragons" get their name from: those bright, rich colors and the sparkle of what could only be treasure. If you are so lucky as to discover a jewel dragon, don't make the same mistakes our ancestors did, those mistakes that drove the dragons away in the first place; don't cage them, don't treat them as a spectacle. Give them plenty of care and plenty of space and a little dark space to hide every so often. They are so delighted to catch the eye and wonder of humans, but every once in a while they really do just like to nap.
Why must so much beauty come with so much pain? Ah, because I just had to push myself to see if I could do this. And I did. And it hurts. Anyway, Tivona was clearly worth the countless wire scratches/stabs, aching hands, sore wrists, sore neck and a few curses as colorful as she is. The result is pretty spectacular for a test run. Me and my "learning experiences", I swear. Her wings are a synthetic silk-like material that's sheer when held up to the light, glistening deep green on one side and black on the other. It was irresistible with beads that mostly have blue and purple hues, with only occasional greens. Her eyes are tiny Swarovski crystals (naturally), and she's actually remarkably poseable--though caution would be advised as she is also incredibly delicate and would eventually break with too much movement. Think "jewelry with toy properties" rather than "toy with jewelry properties".
He's the result of a trip to the bead store and an "Oooh" being proclaimed about those sapphire-colored drops. Oh, and the extremely intensely shiny beads, which pictures will never do justice. He is blindingly bright in a myriad of sparkly colors, most of which stick to the blue-ish part of the spectrum (but reds and golds are still found). So he is shiny.
As for Kerian himself... well, he's a little... insane. Not in a bad way, really... but maybe not in the "Oh, he would make a great babysitter for little Timmy" way. Not that you'll have anything to worry about... so long as you keep him well fed.
In a very clinical, very technical way, Skexy is a medley of failure. A prototype of prototypes, where nearly everything that I did was definitely learned from as what not to do. But I learned so very, very much. And, as you can see, a medley of failure actually turns out absolutely stunning--therefore Skexy has the last laugh here. I'm pleased. I am very pleased. But he took at least eight times longer than he should have. It was a learning experience, and I am grateful.
And the wings? Rich, dark chocolate velvet. Oh yes. Only the best for my failures. *grin* Also, gave an internal wire spine a shot. I definitely learned how to do that better next time.
What can I say; apparently I was a little bit inspired by the colors on literally almost everything on the tourist-rich southwest. Heh. I'm quite pleased with how she came out, though.
Querida's certainly a playful spirit. She prefers to hide and people-watch, occasionally moving things when no one's looking. It's the little things.
Not exactly one to pull back and hide in a crowd, Trema's intentions are generally centered around having fun. Life is but a dream, experience the joy, don't let the bastards grind you down, a little bit of color and shiny is all you need. And the occasional sweet treat.
Another something a little bit different. I guess you could call it "freestyle" but then I don't know what I don't do that couldn't be considered "freestyle", so anyway. ...His tail reminds me of the Hylian Shield.
They're adorable little things. I have no idea why the turquoise/aqua blue decides to wash out on almost every picture, but it's quite vibrant in person. ...Or in dragon. ...Or in... dragon-person. In... yeah.
Blue is excellent, of course. But a nice fiery red with orange, yellow and gold was quite needed. I tried a few slightly different techniques on Teine, and she turned out surprisingly well (just don't tell her I said that). Granted I'm not sure if I will re-use some of the techniques, but she's just as lovely, stable and flexible as the others. And so very, very bright.
I sort of accidentally made the catch look a little old and rusted, too. I was going to correct this... then I decided that I kinda liked it. Sorry guys, guess you're stuck with it.