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Ex Libris Dragon by JonBeanHastings Ex Libris Dragon by JonBeanHastings
I have a book called "The Art of the Bookplate" by James P. Keenan, which features the history and the art of personalized bookplates (The tipped-in "this book belongs to" plates, also call Ex Libris).

This is a version from an early version of my kid's book, "Terrabella Smoot and the Unsung Monsters" from when it was just going to be a natural history of monsters.

It's good ol' Speedball SuperBlack ink and my trusty Windsor-Newton Series 7 sable hair No. 2 brush.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a lovely ex libris! I was looking with my son for one and once he saw this one he didn't want any of the others we'd found :D

Thanks so much for making this possible for others to use :love:
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it was a hit. I enjoyed the heck out of drawing it... loves me some dragons and books!
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hakanpehlivan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful
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bigbunyip Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
I love this. Takes me back to my childhood. Thank you.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks... that is truly a compliment.
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salmonofdoubt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Heeh! I used to love filling those in every time I got a hardback....

That's some stunning detail you've got there, good textures.... nice work, mate. T'is depressingly good.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
Now, now, the picture may be all nice and detail-y, but it took me 20 years to get this good and even then there was plenty of angst-y, hand-cramping time spent to get it right.
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salmonofdoubt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Thanks. Always makes me feel better when I see awesome work to know that it took time.... and practice.... or maybe not, as I'm a lazy arse. *grins* Seems worth it though.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
Definitely worth it, for nothing else than people on the opposite side of the globe from me thinking it's cool. ;)
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salmonofdoubt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
Arse! It's that obvious I'm a Brit? Not that I'm complaining, mind... :p
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
It was your use of "arse" and "mate" ... and also the fact that I went to your page and saw that you were in Britain. Heh.
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senoritafish Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
I think I want this in all of my books. I knew dragons were readers. ;p
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Hitlersbrain Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005
I used to love designing these things! Haven't done one in a while tho..

Cool stuff, this.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks (and I'm glad they saved you)
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Hitlersbrain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
Yay! another person who got the reference and didn't just send me a note calling me a nazi!!
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
Uh, that should read "b-movie." (Seems what I don't know is how to spell.)
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Professional General Artist
If there's anything I know, it's almost compeltely useless b-moive trivia.
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Hitlersbrain Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005
Join the club, man!
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CrzyKyle Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
cool, I like the style you used on it, good job :)
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks.
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kaylynnisxcore Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
wow. this is beautiful. as usual.

the inkwork is incredible. the detail is gorgeous. great work.

god. my comments are so stereotypical.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Professional General Artist
That's OK, I'm a self-centered, Narcissistic, egomaniac, so I love all praise. ;)
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kaylynnisxcore Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
whoa. me too!
we rock.
wanna take over the world?
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
Since I was already planning on it, sure. But I get all the blue states here in the U.S., British Columbia, Montreal, England, Norway, the south of France, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Japan, the bit of Hong Kong with the new Disneyland and Brunei.
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fattyfattybowler Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Wow the inking is lovely! I am exceedingly jealous!
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
And I'm jealous of your icon with Looshkin poppin' out of some poor kid's head. (SLG is making plushies of Looshkin and Bear, don't cha know?)
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fattyfattybowler Featured By Owner May 28, 2005
Hehe thanks, I made it from a deviation i did! Coolio you like Bear, you know that Jamie Smart is here on DA?
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
And look, he's got the plushies up there. Woo!
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Nymphesque Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
I loved those things in my books when I was a little kid! I don't think I ever appreciated them as much as I should have...

Brilliant inking on this, the thick lines and texture makes me smile.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the props on the inking. I was inspired by bookplate creators that used fifty times the detail and precision I used, if you can imagine.
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Nymphesque Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
That ammount of detail and precision frightens me, ever so slightly.
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
And most of them did it by scraping on metal plates. Frightening!
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girfreak8 Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
:wow: :+fav:
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metallixfaker Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
Lovely penwork. I love it <3
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vixenku Featured By Owner May 26, 2005
That's some pretty nifty line art, very clean and crisp!
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JonBeanHastings Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it was hand-crampingly fun to do.
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