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Dragon Mountain by ginkgografix Dragon Mountain by ginkgografix
This was done for the one and only awesome Exillior!
She has put so much trust in me while doing this and i was always afraid i would break something or ruin it while painting it (you can't just simple fix something if you just work with one color).

But after weeks and months it is finally done and the dragon will start its flight to the big european island soon!
It was definitely a challenge to work on this. So many things to keep in mind, so many "hopefully it will work out this or that way". There was an overall plan for it, but its the tiny details that make it horrible at some moments lol.

I haven't counted how much time i really spent for this, but cutting and grinding the edges already took more than 10hours. Add the planning, doing the lineart, cutting out the lineart, painting the wood and combining everything with the light chain and you can get a feeling that this really took a long time :D
It's also the first time that i added some 3D effect to single elements. So when you move your finger over the dragon you can feel the teeth, limbs etc. Could have go one adding details here and there.

:pointr: If you are intereted in WIPs, you can see them at my blog: ginkgowerkstatt.de


Tools
- 6mm + 3mm plywood
- brown acrylics
- chain of light
- lots of glue



Other plywood artworks
Marilou by ginkgografix Snowman ~ Candleholder v2 by ginkgografix Moon Light by ginkgografix


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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: :jawdrop: This is amazing!!! It takes a steady hand to do such intricate carving! :iconbwavoplz:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Or a stubborn mind that keeps trying and trying :giggle:

:love:
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, crazy amazing piece!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Haha, thank you! :heart:
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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missi-alicja Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. If I may ask, how do you cut it so precisely? Its after all not very big and IS very detailed... You must be very patient and your hands must be totally not sdhaky. :P Anyways looks nice in darkness. :)
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thank you!
It's a matter of practice i think. I am doing this since three years and with each piece you cut out you learn more how to handle to wood the best way. I have only very basic, simple tools. If you just go on doing something you would get better even if you don't realize it right away :aww:
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic, the way it lights up really makes it special.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you :heart:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning. I'm amazed at how the light and shadow when the room is dark and this is on really adds like another dimension to the piece. I don't mean this in a bad way, but the piece almost looks better the less you can see of it. It really shines when it's actually shining. I imagine that must have been hard playing with the textures and how the light was going to bounce off some textures and come through at other parts. I am so jealous of who ever has this cause its one of the coolest light decorations I've ever seen. :clap:
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
I often like the lighted versions more, because then it just looks so much better. :la:
This one was a challenge for sure. While i had the linearts and basic idea, i never was sure it it would really work at all - can be tricky to figure out how to hide all the light stuff and add it in a way that works the best with the wood (as for highlighting shapes and such)

Thank you :heart:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's kinda how the thing is supposed to look once its all done, so that makes sense.

I have a feeling I'd be really good at that. My art has a lot of "make it work but keep it looking good." That's like every day and any piece in my kind of artwork. :giggle: Me, i probably woulda made the end of some wizard's staff one of the light bulbs. :XD: I love it when art integrates function or design. That's probably why I love building sculptures using Bionicles more than regular lego.

You're welcome dearie. :D
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
It's always nice when the thing you create have that little extra to make it a bit more special :nod:

When i was still dealing with Lego there was no Bionicle-stuff :giggle:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well when were you dealing with lego? I've been building stuff with lego since I was 2, and I just never stopped. :P
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
like 15 years ago for the last time? :nana:
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yeah. There were no bionicles back then. Bionicle came out in 2001. So you dropped out just before they came around it seems.
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Shiranui Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Holy moly!
Du übertriffst dich wirklich immer wieder selbst. Das ist schon...  irre gut! Man sieht mal wieder wie viel Mühe und Liebe darin steckt. Und was ich sehr sehr beeindruckend finde ist, dass es wie geschnitzt aussieht. Das ist wirklich der Wahnsinn! 
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Vielen Dank. Das gute Stück hat mich auch einiges an Geduld, Zeit und Nerven gekostet :D
Hab hier auch einiges Neues ausprobiert.

:heart:
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The-Build Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done, you're getting very good with these, certainly looks like you're enjoying it.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Yeah it's fun, especially when the person who do this for already gets totally excited just by seeing WIPs. Also i like this kind of challenges, as i never know if my idea works in advance.
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The-Build Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, fills you with a bit more hope and self belief when that happens.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Well kinda, i am still to picky about such projects. While i love this result, i think i could have done better though.
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The-Build Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think in some ways it can help with future projects if you have things you think you can do better next time.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
That's right, but sometimes it feels like a curse though. While working on this i wanted to improve it more and more. The thin cutted out lines around the legs, arms etc are something i have done when all the painting was finished. Was afraid i could break the dragon all the time, just because i wanted to do more (and it's rather fragile already). But yeah... no risk no fun :meow:
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The-Build Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly. :nod:
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Timishayd Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Every new piece is better than the last!
Your hands are very skilled!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Aww, that's a very nice compliment! Thank you very much! :heart:
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just...wow. The light creates an epic fantasy scene. :love: There is so much detail!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you :happybounce:
Haha yeah, i love details but usually they annoy me a lot after a while - especially while cutting :giggle:
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pjuk Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Wow, this looks so amazing and I love everything about it! :eager:
Great job!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Thank you! :love:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I have one question:what do You use to cut this planks of wood,specialy in between for thin cuts?
o,and I recently started to use ginkgo,it sure helps...
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I use a very simple, cheap fretsaw for all of this en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fretsaw
Here you often can buy such "children sets". That's the one i bought some years ago and still use.

:giggle:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I sorry to bother You again,but I still don't know how You cut in between wood,like rezonans holes in violine,how is posible to get there with that sowing tool?!?!
abaut size,flexability and kind of sows I do know a litle,but what to use to cut a holl in whole pieces of wood... or how to use that sow for cut that precizely?...with papier I used skalpel knife...
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
It's difficult for me to explain that in english, but yes it is really just that saw.
When working on such inner details, you drill a whole in that area you want to get rid of, then you loosen the blade of your saw, poke it through that whole, fix the blade again and start cutting. Once done, you loosen the blade again and remove it from the wood piece. Done.

To cut details and such it takes a bit of practice, i started with really simple things first. And did cut myself a lot of times, before i really got used to it. And right after the cutting the edges are all fuzzy, but you can use grinding paper to sharpen them.

If you want, i can make a tutorial about cutting and such one of these days, but currently i have no project to work on. So you might have to wait a little :nod:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
thank You so much!,this was sufficient for me! I don't want to take Your time,to make tutorial - maby one day for other people...
I usualy not have problem with finding out how it is made,but there are usualy some trix to make it easyer...like unscrewing the sow...and I didn't want to distroy it from start...
Thank You ones again for all the informations,I look forword to start some project...last -in summer- we had funn with my oldest son,burning designes in wood with a magnifying glass... I really like to work with wood,the smell jus is alredy rewarding...
I live befor in sth.Spain and there we have to cut wood for to make every tee or coffe,every dinner,and to hit up the house...I sow many times trunks of olives,almondes ore eucaliptus trees...
my man did a few pipes out of olive tree,they have beautyfull inner designe from storage of oil in the tree -(like darker lines),it's also very hard wood...
I miss that smels also of burning wood...
I wish You all the best with Your project and life at all,You are very simpatic that You wanted to help me by explaing al the detales!
grt.from Holland!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Yeah some things you just learn after a while and when you keep practising with a certain tool.
Oh with a magnifying glass? That is interesting. I did wood burning already as well, but the "regular" way. Don't like it that much though.

Thank you and same for you! :aww:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I haven't seen yeat a pyrograf,so for me magnifying glass is the normal way,he,he;- but it needes to be sunny enough to get the temperature hot sufficiently to get it burn,and You have like 20cm. between glass and wood,can't support hand like when You do it with pen...and angle is very important,otherways it won't burn at all even if is very sunny...
my son did this summer very nice snake...foto is in gallery.
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Yeah, doesn't sound too easy to handle that :D
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
hey,it is made wonerfully!
I wanted for long time to do something like that;-3D efect witch lights between to emfasize the depth of scenery!...
until now,I only did cut out of bended in half page and put it standing in front of litle light...-(You can see them in album "LUNA CARDS",in my gallery,everybody is wellcome!)
but this is very inspirative!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Thank you! :rose:

It's not that difficult in general. You just need to think about how the light should appear etc in advance.
Saw that you work with paper, right? Then it is easier for trying out things, rather then when working with wood. So just go ahead and give it a try! :nod:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
setting the light is not so difficult,but executing and designing new staff I will have maby more trubles with...
You can paint wery well obwiously,I'm not that good,I'm afraid...
my thinks are way less complicated than Yours,but litle dedails is what I like...
I understand,that glue is what ceeps it toghether,maby You have tips abaut kinde of glue that will really hold it good toghether,couse I hate to do something,that is not srtong enough to be handeled for a while without falling apart immediately...(that's why I didn't go on with the LUNA CARDS because papier get bended after some time of standing,suck the wetness from the aire,can get easyly dirty or broken,I didn't want to sell soch non long rezistans productes,even that I had one shop that could have sell it for me years ago...
thank You for quick respond!
grt. from Holland,where I live now-(I'm from Poland)
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Yeah, that can be a real challenge sometimes. But for me it is like, once i start and look around i get more and more ideas and inspiration. So there is always soemthing i want to try these days.

It usually depends on the material you use. For paper i have special glue that doesn't affec the paper and i am also able to remove such pieces that are glued onto later, without any damage.
For my wood stuff i have a simple wood glue (water-resistant), so far it always worked fine and nothing fell apart. Even when i wanted to break things on purpose, because i glued them together the wrong way, i had some trouble to get the single pieces again. You usually get such glues at a diy-store.
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
thank You for all the informstions!
I hope that I can soon try to do some of wood work,for now I have to get better with my fisical condition...,at the moment I can't sow...,but I will try at least to make some projects on papier...,-(but even drowing is difficult now for me,-to hold the head down is already a painfull problem...)
that is why I started to use ginkgo for pain and concentration... - and I must say that first time I used gingko I felt in 15 minutes very strong clearity of the mind... it was fantastic feeling!;
I use for years also homeopathic arnica for strenght,-if I forget to eat it in the morning,than abaut 4 or 5 o'clock afternoon I feel like at least 20 years older!,- very tired...

I wonted to ask You,why You chosed this plant for Your artistic name?
grt. from Holland!
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Oh, hopefully you will feel better soon then! But if you already have plans of what do to afterwards is usually goes quicker :D
I have never used ginkgo for anything like that. I am just fascinated by the myth of it.

It was more or less an accident. We had to do a school project and at that time i was listening to a band called "Ginkgo Garden". Since then i have been interested in ginkgo :giggle:
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DAGAIZM Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I just now foud this poste from You...
what for myth You are talking baut? - is there some story to it?

this trees are growing here around planted by the city like a street decorations

I onely know,that they are uniqe to its own group...that mean there is no other tree of this family...
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Well not myth per se, but it's a tree that is representative for hope and such. Because it was the only tree that survived the atom bombing in japan and started to become green again after a short while.
Also it's a living fossil and like you already mention a one of a kind tree. And you can use it for medicine.

There are a lot of interesting facts/things about the ginkgo biloba :nod:
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Yuhyrn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
O_O!!!!
I love it!!!!!!!!! I want one ;_;
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ginkgografix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Thanks a lot, nice to hear that you like it that much :aww:
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Yuhyrn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
You're welcome!!! :happybounce: 
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