I made so many mistakes, I had to fix and refine it. I learned a valuable lesson about painting. Step away from your painting and leave it alone for a while. I would of caught the stupid mistake long before. The cat and the dragon in the same plane didn’t work. The painting needed a foreground so I moved the cat forward. Added atmosphere between the dragon and cat. the stupid ‘fog bar’ was too strong so I removed it. The painting was too open so I cropped it a bit. I also blended in more of the painting. I make my lines too big, next time after I get enough of the paint on. I will be tossing the line layer altogether. Something I must keep in mind. I felt I could of saved time if I would of worked the sketches out more and not just jumped into painting. Fortunately, I was able to save this illustration. I won’t make the same mistake next time.
Update: Replaced the dragon in the background with a knight. It makes more sense to me do do it that way. A role reversal.. However the original image is below
The completed Illustration. The dragon in the background was from another painting I done and was a place holder, but it looked so cool so I left it. Changed the illustration to a poser/book format, where text could be easily added (book/movie title, credits, etc). Made the dragon guardian old, and changed the eyes. as of now it is done. I cant think of anything else to do with it. Let me know what you think of it. Painted in Photoshop.
“A draconian warrior from a faraway land unexpectedly gets stuck with the helpless prince of Natar. Outnumbered by many foes, the nervous dragon desperately tries to think out a escape plan.”
Another rendering (painting) test. the first story illustration as well. I took a loose sketch and painted over it. I finish the painting to completion, about 4 hours. Hindsight I think it would of been better to have done refined the lines first and ‘inked’ them out, instead of painting directly on the sketch. I might of saved a hours time. Again I blended as I painted, I even changed the hotkey to make it easier to switch between the brush and the blender, It worked awesomely. If I decide to color this, I will render the ground and make be all dry and crackly. Feedback is welcome. Let me know what you think
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I wanted to try a landscape story painting of a subject I haven’t tried yet. I decided to try a city with a heavy Chinese influence in the architecture. The painting took about 8 hours to complete, it was painted in sketchbook pro. I add a lot of little story elements in the picture for the viewer to enjoy, which also helped take the monotony out of painting details and actually makes it enjoyable. Orignally the person on the right was going to be a boy in traditional Chinese outfit, but I changed it to a girl instead. The falcon at first wasn’t glowing nor transparent originally but I found that it blended too much in the buildings so I tried lighting it up and it worked. My love for chiaroscuro has no end.