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.
Werewolves are cool but a 200ft (60m) werewolf would take the cake. Werewolves are like dragons, they are overused too much in fantasy video games but it would feel strange without them. I did something new to paint this picture. I quickly and randomly blocked in these tiny thumbnails then I would try to ‘see’ something in the random strokes I put down. It allows room for experimentation and ‘happy accidents’. After doing a dozen of these thumbnails I made one that resembled a city and thought ‘gee a 200ft werewolf would look great in this thumbnail’ and the rest is history. Time spent: 30 minutes.
UPDATE: I noticed a significant improvement today’s doodle, simply because I took the time to do thumbnails. It also helps that I blocked in the doodle instead of relying on a line sketch. I will continue to work this way with my doodles.
Dragon friday is tomorrow.. The puns worsens every day :D. I spent 40 minutes painting this awesome rock. Forgive me for abusing the purple fill light.. It’s the only bulb color I have at the moment 🙂 On the other hand if I hadn’t added the fill light, the painting would of been a little boring. I’ve been taking a color workshop, It’s amazing how much it rubs off on me. I am a chronic note taker..
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yes! I have finally completed this painting, after working on and of on it for two months. I finished cleaning up the lines, played around with the colors, and I am done (I think). Tell me what you think. I spent at least 12-13 hours on this painting. I learned allot about the importance to experiment, create and destroy parts of the painting , and to have a more playful attitude when painting. It’s so important not to get tight when painting. best to start loose and build on the picture instead of worrying about everything being perfect. I made it to 102 daily paintings!
As I stated yesterday, I will be jumping around a half dozen unfinished paintings in a haphazard attempt to finish them. I am doing this for two reasons 1. For my portfolio. 2. To continue practicing refinement and details. I been on a dragon drawing/ painting binge for a few months. I’ve also have became a regular at the local zoo, sketching the animals there. If you want to get quick at drawing, regularly draw the animals at the zoo, they never stop moving. Half of my paintings feature dragons in them, I worry I might of overdone it.
I will continue to paint dragons in the future but I will be more balanced. This daily painting project has successfully made me paint every day. However I need to make my daily paintings more academic, so after the 100th painting, I will focus on portraits (a few self portraits or ‘selfies’, saying the word selfies makes me feel stupid. ‘Portrait’ is not a difficult word to say), still life paintings (mostly toys of animals), and study/copies. I have been incorporating EVERY painting I’ve done into the daily painting project. almost like a quota. I should not do this. My daily painting project needs to be more academic and separate from my projects.
The most important thing about refining and adding details on a digital painting is this. 1. Keep your edges of your masses super clean. 2. Put most of the detail work in the focal point. 3the strokes with in a mass of a less important area of the painting can be much bigger then the focal point but make sure it isn’t ‘sloppy’, keep it clean. 4. put details only in bright highlighted areas, leave the dark areas to the viewer’s imagination.
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I wanted to try a new technique of digital painting. A method of cleaner brush strokes. It took me a while to get used to it, that’s why I didn’t get as much done. The last thirty minutes I was starting to get the hang of it.. The teeth and the hair are unfinished as well as the wrinkles around his eye. It’s very unfinished. The reference I used was some random person on Wikimedia commons. He was apparently once the prime minister of Norway, a person I am ignorant of knowing anything about him. only the soft round, eyedropper and eraser where used.
I painted this in Photoshop with a wacom tablet. Time Spent 1 hr