Environment Speed Painting 4. I noticed I have to be in the correct ‘mode’ to paint these. I attempted and abandoned 3 paintings beforehand. When it comes to setting up a painting I was given this helpful advice : When blocking a painting, if the design is not pleasing and coming together after 10 minutes or so, start over. I had done a similar painting a while back with a giant squid sneaking up on a fishermen. It was fun to approach the idea with different characters and in a different way. The splatter and charcoal brushes are becoming my pals. This is definitely one painting I should finish.
The finished picture. It’s more cartoon then I was anticipating. This anthropomorphic dragon is named Flyer, It was the first name (if you can call it that) that popped in my head. I spent 4 hours on this, more because I was doing experiments with coloring him in Photoshop more then actual drawing time. I drew the lines in last. It’s gave the painting this interesting ‘borderlands’ style look. I’m going to try my hand at some quadruped dragons. Just to expand my horizons.
Time spend 1 hours drawing, 3 hours coloring tests in Photoshop.
To be honest. after the last couple blunders, I was getting burned out and discouraged with my portraits. After seeing some of Mary-Q’s self portraits, It encouraged me to continue doing daily portraits. I think the secret to keep being motivated is to experiment with different techniques. I just used a solid round brush. that’s it. No smudging, no custom brushes, no preliminary drawing. It’s almost like less was more and I was able to focus better on the values. I spent about 45 minutes painting this.
Not one, not two, but THREE portraits paintings for today. This time I did preliminary sketches with crosshatching then painted over my sketches, and finally smudged the lines and colors together with the smudge tool. Created start to finish in Adobe Photoshop. Time Spent : Under 2 hours. These characters are in the game Team Fortress 2. I tried different expressions to keep things interesting. However I might have over done it with the Scout. The reason I’ve been into drawing TF2 characters lately is the fact that so many funny videos made with Source Filmmaker have appeared on YouTube.
The last two dozen or so portraits, I painted directly to the canvas at the get go. Painting directly to the canvas is both a exciting and frustrating endeavor due to the fact you are constantly checking for and fixing perspective errors but the final result usually looks much livelier because your not bound by line and your forced to think in value. However if you have done a decent preliminary sketch with the perspective worked out, it’s much quicker to paint but your are conformed a little by your line sketch.
Update: Added images with each character separate to this post. So I could display them correctly on my Portrait a Day Page
Characters are copyright 2007 Valve.
Painting 2013 Maugryph
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.
After drawing a front facing iguana that resembled Jabba the Hut’s brother. I decided to have another go at painting a Iquana. I used this photo for my reference. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iguana_1y.jpg Unfortunately the picture was taking with a flash, so it had direct lighting. So decided to paint the light coming from the upper left for a more interesting painting. I didn’t get as obsessed with the scales with the last painting. It’s still a little rough. Since I spent only 30 minutes on this paining, and I allocate a 1 hour for each head portrait every day, I might come to this in the future and refine it more.
Time spent 30 minutes
Painted entirety in Photoshop with the round hard brush using a Wacom Tablet
Copyright 2013 Maugryph