Excuse #1: I've never finished a painting of a gold dragon
Excuse #2: This was the pre-sketch of a commission that we ended up scrapping for another sketch - it's been staring me in the face every time I have a look in my unfinished art folder and I really wanted to do something cool with it.
Excuse #3: I needed another example of the new (speedpaint) comm type I'm going to be introducing. This is gonna be replacing the 'semi-realism' type I used to have because I honestly much prefer the painting process and I can get them done in a similar time.
But - who ever really needs an excuse to paint dragons?