DRAGON Step by Step by Clash Anna b-Nana


Using a rainbow cake or split cake, load a ½ or ¼ sponge or foam wedge with at least two colors of paint. The one I used has two shades of greens and blues. Start at the eyebrows and sweep up..it is a monster…so it doesn’t have to be perfect.


Now make two swipes coming from the temples down over the top lip and under the nose. I kept the same color on the outside…but you can switch it up if you want.


Run the sponge along the sides of the nose, keeping the lighter side on the top of the nose. Fill in the gap between the eyebrows.

STEP 4 Fill in the cracks with the sponge. You can wiggle the wedge to make gill like designs on the side of the eyes.


Draw large black slits over the nostrils to make huger nostrils. Paint the outside of the nose and the eyebrow arches.


Make a sharp gill like scaly spiky effect by linking together arches with your round brush.  Paint thin black lines coming in to the center of the face where the arches meet. Fill the black around the eyes and make scary nose wrinkles.  SCARY!


Highlighting the cheekbone gill things and adding teeth and horns complete the look of this dragonish beast!

15 comments on “DRAGON Step by Step by Clash Anna b-Nana

  1. I like where it doesn’t have to be perfect, then when you detail it, wa la it is perfect! I love your style. Congrats on the new hubby.

    • Thanks Llarita! It’s nice to hear from you! I will never forget the pic of the little girl eating the ice cream with a butterfly face that was in the news!

  2. Anna, I’ve been dying to try my own version of this since I watched you paint it a couple weeks ago. I’m hoping I have more energy for practice very soon. hehe. Stephen TOTALLY loved it and is now known as “The Alien” on the playground when we pick Alyssa up from school. You are awesome and fun and I will let you know when the newest model arrives


  3. Eight steps-how long does it take to paint on-looks scary and wonderful. I bet everyone just loves it. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love this design Anna. The way you broke it down into step-by-step makes me think I could even do it! Thanks for sharing. I still think you are the most amazing artist yet and love looking at your creations! I will be watching some of your videos (again) this week, I have a graduation I’ll be painting at this month I’m really excited about doing and will be using some of your techniques. Congrats on your new marriage!! 🙂

    • Hi Peggy,
      Thank you so much for your super nice words! I am glad you made it to my blog, and I plan on making more vids for you tube when I have free time..(does anyone sell free time?) I am sure you can knock this design out and make your own variations too! I want to try it in pink. Good luck at the graduation fiesta!!
      Stay in touch!

  5. Great Dragon Face Paint !

    I wonder how difficult it would have been to shoot simutaneously for one of your you tube videos.

    Fantastic detailed photos when you click on the image, it really shows how talented you are at using a brush across a face.

  6. I have seen a few of your videos and have been very impressed with your work. I am curious tho as to how damp your sponges are pre loading with the rainbow cakes? The sponges you use are called hobby sponges in australia and they come on a stick. I have tried to use them but – I really suck at it! What might I be doing wrong?

    • The foam might be a different density or material…or it just might be not enough water in the sponge or on the paints…or too much water. You just want the sponge to be damp, squeeze it to make sure water doesn´t drip out. If you can´t find any peace…just try a bunch of 1″ wide flat brushes until you find one where the bristles stay together when you slide it around. It takes some practice and I reload a lot no matter which tool I use. Let me know if you have any other questions. Paint on!
      Anna 🙂

  7. Really like the end result! Haven’t used that type of sponge, but will practice with 1″ flat. Hope it works! I bet girls would like it in the pink with glitter!! Thanks for the great ideas, tips, and of course, your excellent shop with the speediest deliveries ever!!!

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