art, artwork, black and white, digital art, dragon, dragons, fantasy, painting, photoshop

Mr.Dragon is in a rage because his favorite mechanical pencil broke in half.

rage dragon sketch mad

I been so busy with commissions and artwork for  classes as of late I haven’t been able to paint much of personal projects. I sketch with a mechanical pencil, a Zebra, supposedly best mechanical pencil money could buy… and it broke in half after one month of use. It was disappointing but I didn’t go on a rampage and set the town on fire, at least not this time. I been trying to tell stories when I draw, even if it doesn’t show in the final image. I wanted to draw a dragon, and I thought “why is he angry?” Because his favorate mechanical pencil has broken in half. How is he going draw fair maidens now? About a hour and a half to make. Needs a little more clean up. I figured out a thing I need to work on after painting this. How to be playful with my paintings and not take the process so seriously. my sketches have been more imaginative since I started this.

artist, copy, photoshop, study

Art Study 1- Dragon breathing fire

dragon art study

I’m a bit burned out with drawing still life. I will be doing some quick studies/copies of artists that I admire and paintings I find cool. Feel free to give feedback.  40 minutes

Mistakes that I made: Left leg to thick, leg is too small, snout is either too long or needed to be cover by the flame. Highlight on neck needs to be stronger. Forgot to draw background

Original painting is copyrighted by a artist who’s signature is too hard to read.

animals, anthro, art, artwork, busts, cheetahs, comic, concept art, dragons, faces, furry, humor, photoshop

Character Designs – Alex and Cruz

Sorry, I’ve been neglecting my blog. I was busy with commissions for the last few days. I wanted to do some concept art for Alex and Cruz. A comic my friend and I are working on.We are shifting from ‘anthro’ animals to ‘normal’ ones.  My friend Cruz needed a head shot of his character for the comic. I thought I would do a bust for each. Although the final designs will not be as details as this. I enjoy painting details, It’s very therapeutic. Currently Alex is a white dragon, but I have been on the fence about making him a golden dragon. For both characters, I used reference images of my friends and my own face to attempt to inject as much of our personalities into the characters .  the eyes will probably be bigger in the final designs.

art, artwork, color, daily painting, humor, ms paint, silly, still life

Still Life 10 – Glue Bottle in MS Paint

still life in ms paint

Trying to get out of my comfort zone. I had this glue bottle on my desk and decided to paint a still life of it. I asked myself “What is the most uncomfortable way to paint this thing? I know! MS Paint with only the pencil tool and the default pallet!” MS paint has no wacom sensitivity or transparency and a stupid loading circle would show up every time I pressed down onto the tablet. There are some new brushes available but they are a joke and have no control options. when I was a kid i used to make pixel art with it because it has decent zooming tools. you can still make some great work with it if you are patient (I’m not). What is disappointing about ver 6.1 is that the halftone patterns are gone. it would of helped allot with this painting to able to use halftone gradients. It’s amazing how MS Paint is still the dinosaur of paint apps after all this time. 25 minutes.

art, artwork, creature feature, creatures, fantasy, humor, learning, undead

Creature Feature 2- Sarmarmia the Undead Queen

undead queen which monster

My sixth creature design. It could be pushed more. I am going though growing pains with character concepts at the moment. Since it is purely from my imagination, I should have looked at some references to push the clothing design, something that isn’t my strongest suite at the moment. I also made her arms incredibly lanky.  The goal was to 1. make a undead queen and 2. not fall into the cliche trope making it look like the Queen in Snow White or Maleficent. In all honestly it looks more like a sorceress then a queen. I spent about 2 hours on it. I’ve done worse.

art, artwork, creepy, monsters, photoshop, silly, still life

Still Life 9 – The Monster In My Glass

monster dino in glass or pure doom and hate and lust for doom

As strange as it looks. It IS a still life painting. For a school art project I was taking apart cheap $1 toys and then putting them back to together as a mash-up. Dr. Frankenstein would have been proud. One of my creations was a stegosaurus centaur. Unfortunately I messed up when gluing it and the poor thing fell apart. the only parts that stayed together (barley) was the neck/head and the torso. I thought it would be cool to use my florescent light as the only main lighting source. Well.. it over-saturated all the colors. This was extremely hard for me to paint because every color was at both a high saturation and value. I finally gave up and added a lower value blue.  I will only use the florescent light for fill lighting from now on.

45 minutes

art, artist, concept art, creature feature, digital art, monster, monsters, photoshop

Creature Feature 1- Nectoar

creature concept art test speedy monster eat hole shark dragagon

The story of the Nectoar : the nectoar is a stone creature that lives in the abandoned mountains. It is said that it’s voice could crush rock miles a way and that it’s stare could turn a person to stone! it has quick strong legs that can catch up to any thing in a instant! It’s thick helmet shaped head protects the brain. it’s only weak spot is it’s fleshly red underbelly and it is the only way you can slay a nectoar. It has a sensitive pod above it’s head it uses as a third eye.

After watching a very motivating video on creativity (I will search for link when I can). It made a point that stuck with me. If you want to do something, you must simply do it, sounds simple right? So why doesn’t it happen? There are some that want to be writers but they never write due to fears and other hangups. But a writer does one thing every day without letup…. they write! So if you want to be a writer, you must write! Doesn’t matter how good or bad your are, if you want to be something, you MUST be it. Every day. Without letup. People like to use the popular excuse ‘I have no talent to do that’. Talent is overrated. Hard work and passion for you subject gets you places. NOT talent. Some skills might take years to learn well, but if it is your passion, make yourself dredge through it! The more you do something the better you become at it. The more you love it.

I have done this with being a artist, every day I draw, paint, and teach myself. I still have a ways to go (what artist doesn’t?), but it doesn’t matter, it is my passion to draw and paint. In just the last 4 months you can see a clear improvement in my skills. However I realized if i want to become a concept artist.. shouldn’t I create concept art? I draw allot of dragons, critters and still life paintings but very few designs. I’ve decided that along with my still life project I should create a critter a day. No excuses. I started creating creatures four days ago, this is the first design that is not too shabby. I write a short story about a creature and them paint it. Unlike my Still life paintings I will not upload every creature I create because..frankly most suck right now :D. I also do some quick daily storyboards as well of story ideas the pass through my reptilian brain. I now set aside 2 hours a day for studies, its called my Art block.

I spent 2 hours on this painting.

art, artwork, digital art, digital painting, fan art, games, humor, still life

Still Life 8 – Angry Bird USB stick is ‘Fowl’

angry birds realistic painting usb stick still life

I couldn’t think of a clever pun, unfortunately…wait a minute. Never mind 🙂 I’m not the biggest fan of the ‘flustered fowls’. I never really enjoyed the games, I found the physics too random. Getting three stars on all levels required just as much luck as skill. That didn’t stop me from buying Space, which is surprising decent. When it merged with Star Wars, and became a massive commercial Goliath (Angry Bird underwear..seriously?!). My spid-hipster sense started tingling and I never looked back at the ‘grumpy game’. My friend bought me this USB stick of the red bird because he though I loved the games :\. I used to use it often to transfer files from one location to another… and then I started to use Dropbox, and then the ‘frustrated fowl’ sat alone, collecting dust. I wanted to paint something spherical, It was there, so I painted it. Created from scratch in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. 45 minutes. Now lets eat those eggs!