Here is my finished colored Dragon. And below are my steps to create it as well as the community submissions.
This month the prompt was two words: Cactus & Heron
I opened several tabs of google image searches of Herons, Cactus varieties and Wyverns (because I wanted this to be a bipedal creature)
Cactus became more of a texture to apply to the form and details to use as the back spines. I drew the pencils on two sheets of copy paper (The wings were separate) and then put them together in Photoshop with some quick color blocking.
Then it was time to start the color flatting process––basically professional coloring-in-the-lines. Some of this is just to make it easy to re-isolate various parts when doing later painting & rendering. So, I established the main green everywhere, a darker green for the beak and back cacti, a brown for the wings & spines, pink of the flowers, and the flame and eye.
For the final colors I did most of the highlights, shading, and texture with the dodge and burn tools and a stock photoshop texture brush. I'm not sure if I'm as happy with this dragon because I think the silhouette is a bit confusing and while I tried to push colors and value, I worry I ended up making a yellow-green knot of spaghetti. Below you can again see the final Dragon...