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A mouse scorns a crocodile

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Might not be the smartest thing for a mouse to do… I enjoy doing these fun little drawings with animals. I like the interaction between the two characters. It’s also one of the few drawings I have done where the horizon line is not visible. I painted this in Photoshop with Wacom tablet.

To my excitement WordPress has notified me that I have 500 wordpress readers following my blog (635 readers total).  A big thank you goes out to all my readers and everyone who has been watching my work , commenting, and giving me feedback. It means a lot to me and has given me motivation to continue improving myself as a artist. 😀

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Fierce Fire Beathing Dragon Portrait WIP (Daily Value Painting)

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I haven’t painted a dragon in a few days (I know, how did I ever survive :D) In this painting I was taking my time on the scales and other details. I wasn’t able to finish it in today, so I will work on it tomorrow. Let me know what you think of it so far. Painted in Photoshop.

Speaking of dragons. I’ve been been watching a bunch of movies lately since I now have a dual monitor setup on my computer, I can watch stuff while I’m drawing. It’s rather nice. I’ve missed a bunch of movies I haven’t seen yet.

I’ve seen one movie that featured a dragon. The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

It was a major disappointment. (Note: here be spoilers) There is two major issues I have with the movie. First is the inclusion of the green mist and the quest to find the seven lords and their magical happy swords. It was not in the book. I understand the need for a villain in the movie as the book really doesn’t have a major one. The Second is Eustace, his character development is so limited in this movie. A main focus in the book is Eustace becoming a better person.

The most powerful chapters in the book is Eustace’s transformation into a dragon and his ‘un-dragoning’. The pain of being a ugly dragon makes him think about what he is inside and now he has a body to match.Then he changes into a better ‘person’ befriending the crew and helping them out. His un-dragoning is one of the most powerful parts in the book. THE FREAKING MOVIE CUTS ALL OF IT OUT!!!!!! In the movie they combine two islands together and Eustace simply becomes a dragon. A strange looking dragon that resembles an odd combination Draco and Jake Long.  No lesson, no character development, no becoming a better person, no helping and befriending the crew,nothing. Instead, dragon Eustace sheds a few tears and then unrealistically drags the entire ship to another isle with his tail wrapped around it. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

The un-dragoning scene is so heartless in the movie.  In the book, Eustace painfully takes off layers of his scaly skin with Aslan’s help and is reborn in a lake as a human. In the film, Aslan uses his magical fairy dust to change him back to a human while simultaneously warping him to Aslan’s table, allowing Eustace to put the final sword on the table, and making Edmund’s sword blue (there must be orcs around. RUN HOBBIT, RUN!) .  I’m kind of glad Walden Media’s license to make Narnia movies has expired. They wont butcher any more of them. Sorry if I was long winded.

One interesting thought occurred to me after posting: If the dragon treasure that turned Eustace into a dragon is simply cursed by the green mist. Why didn’t Edmund and Caspian X transform into dragons? Why wouldn’t the green mist take another go at them?

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The Dragon’s Bride (Work in Progress)

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I haven’t painted anything resembling a story for a while. So I took a breather from painting a portrait today, and did this hour speed painting. It very rough and has small errors that need to be addressed, I’m very happy with the composition and will finish the painting sometime in the future.

This painting asks the question: If a betrothed’s mate got turned into a hideous creature but still remained ‘him/herself’ inside. Could the person get past the grotesque form of the betrothed or would the mate abandon him/her to his misery? Can love be that deep? We know the answer for this heroine.

Let me know what your think 🙂

Painted in PhotoshopTime Spent: 1 Hour

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Portrait, Male, Dynamic Lighting

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To keep things fresh, this painting I tried a more dynamic lighting.  I took a picture of myself in a dark room with my webcam with the lighting source my computer monitor on the side. I used that as the reference for this painting. I found this painting to be frustrating. First I painted it on a black canvas. I’m used to painting on a grey canvas. Second, since most of the face was in darkness, I had trouble figuring out shape placement and in my shame had to repaint or move parts around. In the photo I look calm and mysterious. In my finished painting I feel I look menacing. I’m not happy with it. Spent around 45 minutes on it before retiring the painting.

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The Cavern

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A explorer falls off a ledge and gets trapped in a cavern . Shouting for help, will anyone hear him? It was a more difficult piece to paint this time because I cockily attempted 2 light sources. Decided to make the image monochromatic instead of just black and white in hopes to give the environment a more dusty fell. I attempted to make the image somewhat claustrophobic  by shrinking the focal point and surrounding it with black.

Painted in Photoshop
Time Taken 3 Hours
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