So, this is the pen drawing I did:
So already I have a more dynamic pose. This is thanks to the in-class exercise we did. I had already done this in Cartooning, but it really stuck with me now that I did it a second time (or third... or fourth... we do this in every sequential class actually, don't we?). Essentially, start with a strong curved line, and use that to define the line of action. We looked over Eric Canete's and Bruce Timm's work to really show where we were trying to push our drawings, along with other artists and popular cartoons. Again, done this before, but it really stuck this time. I definitely don't want to be the stale artist a lot of people around my level are. For what I lack in technical skill, I want to make up for with just raw appealing action. So this drawing will hopefully be the first of many that begin my evolution into a stronger, more confident artist.
As for the final image, I incorporated painting techniques I've seen used by Greg Staple and Todd Lockwood, along with design qualities of Hyung Tae-Kim and various manga artists. Even though painting dragons is something completely new to me (taught myself this past summer with the Charizard drawing), I've found it to be even therapeutic and a very good exercise in rendering, both adding detail and seeing what we could get away with leaving out.