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Daily Paint 8 – Experimental Dragon Painting on an Android Tablet

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My first attempt to do a ‘true’ digital painting on an Android tablet. The paint app I used was Sketchbook Pro. I used a plain stylus. No pen pressure. Found that blocking in with a solid color and then using the pencils was easier to handle then the crazy ‘natural’ brushes

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Character 2.5 – Movember Barbarian (wip)

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Forgive the cruddy quality. I took a picture with my android tablet. I am out of town but wanted to continue drawing the characters on weekdays. Being the genius that I am, I brought the wacom tablet with me but forgot the freaking pen. So I sketched this on paper. I spent around 15 mins on this, granted he needs more work done. I deviated a bit from the ref image this time. I was in a November mood so I gave him facial hair.

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Vandal (Daily Doodle)

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Daily Doodle for Sunday. This is a Elite..er I mean this is a Vandal. One of the enemies in Destiny. Vandals are one of the most common enemies in the game. You shoot allot of them. You could mock him by calling him 4 eyes and he wouldn’t even be offended. I even shoot them in my dreams. This was good practice because I haven’t drawn futuristic armor before.  I will probably sketch the other enemy races in the future. Reference was official promotional shots for the game.

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Daily Painting No.81 – walking my dog

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I’m out of town and forgot to put my still life in my Dropbox, so I won’t be able to finish the still life till Thursday. After sketching at the zoo for 5 hours I didn’t fell like painting anything from scratch. So I took a photo of a sketch in my sketchbook and on my ipad attempted to paint over it in Procreate (I forgot my Wacom tablet). I found it too frustrating for me to handle tonight. I’m too tired.It’s tough not having pressure sensitivity. I’m going to bed.

20 minutes on my ipad.

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Daily Painting No.64 – Best Friends Forever (Part 2)

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Got a bitt farther on this piece. Spent most of my time painting the focal point, which is the heads of the allosaurus and horse. It’s a interesting contrast in detailing these two creature. The horse needs to have smooth gradations while the allosaurus needs small, contrasting brush strokes. I find the best way to give the horse smooth gradations is the soft round brush. I set up a new layer, paint with a large soft round like a airbrush, and then erase the excess paint. I was hoping to get farther then I did. I will finish this piece on Sunday. 1 hour 10 minutes (2 something hours total) Painted from scratch using Photoshop and a wacom tablet.

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Daily Painting No.48 – Organic Defense Tower

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This started as a sketch of a simple half sphere building with turrets surrounding it. The more I massed in, the stranger it became. It now resembles a organic blob creature sitting on top of a building with cannons coming of the poor thing. I added the character with the horns to make that area more interesting and to guide the persons eye to the tower… and mostly for fun. For the base color, I mess around with different colors on different layers, messing with the bending modes, trying to create a happy accident. I’m on the fence if I will be finishing it. If I decide to finish this it wouldn’t take too long to add details and refine.

2 hours : Painted from scratch in Photoshop with a graphics tablet.

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Daily Painting No.44 -Stegosaurus on Fabric (Still Life)

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A still life painting. For the study, I setup a 1$ stegosaurus toy I purchased at a dollar store and placed it on top of a rolled up t shirt. I enjoyed painting this.  I’m getting better at details and refinement. My studies are starting to pay off. If I had another hour, I could make the fabric look as detailed as the dinosaur. But since it’s almost 2am, I really need to sleep. I painted this from scratch using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. I spent a hour and forty minutes on this still life. As always feel free to critique or comment on this piece if you like 🙂

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Daily Painting No.43 – Copy of Fierce Dragon Rider – the dragon’s head – Part 2

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Still working on this study. Its about me learning about refining and polishing. It’s getting there. I’m starting to ‘figure it out’. The method is basically crosshatching. I love crosshatching in ink. For some bizarre reason I never figured out that I could apply the technique just as well to painting. I was sluggish at first but what getting in the groove near the end of the hour. It should take me 2-3 more hours to finish this. I painted this in Photoshop. Time spent on this session: 1 hour. 2hours total. Name of the artist who painted the original painting I am studying/coping is still unknown. Next time I study/copy a artist’s painting, I will make sure I know the artist’s name :0. I will work on it more on Friday.

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Daily Painting No.41 – Copy of Fierce Dragon Rider – the dragon’s head – Part 1

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Something I’ve been needing to improve in my paintings is refinement and clean up. That is usually the advice I get from other digital artist’s critiques.  While wasting my time on the net I found this totally awesome wallpaper of a dragon rider. The marksmanship is exquisite in this painting. I thought that if there is any digital artist’s painting that can teach me about refinement, this one will. I decided to do 2 separate copies of it, the rider in a robe /armor, and his dragon companion. Every other day will will be working on this copy . I only had a hour to work on it thus I didn’t get too far. I will try to get farther on Thursday. Looks like I will need to move the jaw up a bit. I’m still up in the air if I’m going to attempt color.

The portion of the original painting I’m studying on the left,  my copy of the painting on the right.

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BTW. if you know the actual artist’s name who painted this, please tell me. the artwork was obviously cropped to make a wallpaper and most likely lost the artist’s name in the process. Why do people do such stupid things?

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Daily Painting No.40 (Gryphon Pet WIP) (Alexis)

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Concept art for Alexis’ pet gryphon. He is a loyal guardian to Alexis. It’s is a rather small gryphon (a microgryph is what I will be calling it, a rare pet in Alexis’ world), about the 1/3 of the size of a human being. But don’t let his small size fool you. Anyone that messes with Alexis will get seriously messed up. There is a small sub-plot about how the gryphon came under her care and what the gryphon was once before. Critique, Repaint the Talons, mix and blend the painting to make it less rough. Feel free to critique or comment about my painting. Painted in Photoshop; Time spent 3 hours so far.