A Hahnemühle Dragon


How’s that for a post title? Hahahaha! Yep! I made a dragon using an awesome Hahnemühle paper!

Before you get excited, no, I did not draw this. I wish! I started with this drawing by Bennett Klein. Bennett posted his drawing on Facebook and invited us to color it. I downloaded his art and printed it out on a sheet of Hahnemühle’s Layoutblock. The layoutblock is a pad with 75 sheets of 35 lb. specialty paper. Meant for fibre pens, fineliners and markers, it is almost translucent – in fact my colors are see through if you hold the paper up to a light fixture. It’s pretty amazing.

Check this out! You can see my fingers at the top. I was holding the paper in front of my little desk light. Isn’t it awesome?

I used my Copic Sketch Markers to add all the color and highlights and shadings. I interpreted the dragon the way I saw it. Hopefully it is close to what Bennett meant for it to be. I think he’d like it!

And last – here is my cheat sheet of the Copic colors I used. In case I ever need to go back and make changes or touch up areas. This dragon may end up in a frame on my studio wall. I love it! Bennett’s work and this Layoutblock paper is the perfect combination! I am going to leave you with a couple links.

Layoutblock and all things Hahnemühle can be found here
Bennett Klein, Facebook
My initial review of the Layoutblock

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12 thoughts on “A Hahnemühle Dragon

  1. You did an awesome job! I love dragons! I like how you do the color swatches for the page. I looked at his facebook page quickly, wow is he talented!

    • he is super talented and he has a whole line of coloring books available on Amazon. I probably should have mentioned that.

  2. Love that dragon – he should feel right at home being at your house!

    • hahaha! yes, he should! now he needs a name and I’m thinking Klein might be right 😉

    • thank you 🙂 that list was a chore. and I totally stole links from you and Jennifer and found some of my own

  3. Thanks for the colour combos – so useful. That’s quite an interpretation of the dragon, love the way the flowers are realistic colours whereas the dragon is ….. em……fantasy colours?? The red feet & face with the blue mane is so striking you have to look again but those colours really define those parts.

    • some of the bottom was really hard to tell what was what, the lines weren’t as distinct. so I used the color to define the spaces. glad it worked 🙂

    • yay!!!!! and this paper is so awesome! it makes him translucent! thank you 🙂

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