Nice one, Phil. I really like your idea for the dragon's hide; and especially the head treatment. The fire is fascinating. But then I'm still working up my nerve, while fighting for the blocks of time I need, to finish a 2' x 4' traditional canvas involving the subjects of this painting.
Just for grins, here's the line art; the dragon is drawn to the client's specs: [link] This is one of those pieces where, as soon as I start working on it, and it is much farther along than this, crises have occurred. For example, this is as far as I got before one of our kids had to have a series of surgeries: [link]
Have you ever had one of these messy-things-happen-if-you-work-on-it pieces?