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I'm an illustrator, web developer's wife and mother of 1. I admin @beards_unite on Instagram for fun (and for the beards!), as well as my ow
Holly Khraibani-Cousins

I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones, and I am also one of those heathens that hasn't even so much as picked up the books. I am, however, planning on doing so this year. I will make the time to read! If anyone has any suggestions on which book to start from I'd greatly appreciate it.

I really wanted to paint this portrait as she is one of my favorite female characters in the series, and I haven't drawn dragons since I was a child so I was looking forward to the challenge of it.

I took the screen still of her emerging from the fire with just the 1 dragon on her shoulder, and added the others myself.

This initial drawing took hours! I kept changing my mind on the position of the 2 lower dragons, and Emilia Clarke Has such full cheeks, yet doesn't at the same time (does that even make sense? I don't know!). So I kept getting the curves completely wrong.

I always love the initial layer of color that goes down first. I like to exaggerate colors that are in the skin to really give it depth as the painting moves forward.

This painting took somewhere between 18-25 hours (I completely lost track towards the end so it could be more, honestly), is A3 in size and I used a mixture of watercolors, polychromo pencils, acrylic gesso and some swearing.

I'd really like to do another composition of her, but for now I shall be creating other work.

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think below!


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