A Commission. I haven’t drawn hair or fur in this much detail before, making it a challenging job.
Here be a dragon. the head is based on a dragon ‘self portrait’ painting a did a week ago and I used it as a base for this painting. the eye(s) are the only thing remaining form the old painting. I needed a break from still life painting today, yet I made sure to make a light reference. Even though this dragon is out of my imagination, the light ref should help me a lot. I come to the conclusion it is foolish to painting without a solid thumbnail and a light ref (and possibly a color study when I brave up to paint it). I have a dual screen so I find it enjoyable to paint while watching a movie. When wal-mart had its black-Thursday sale (I guess Thanksgiving should be renamed Debts-giving) and bought about 20 two dollar DVDs and a few four dolor blu-ray disks. Most are not on netflix so it felt justified.
I will alternate this painting between my still life paintings. I am not concerned about speed, just making looked finished
Self critique:the fins look to flat, add depth, make the scales on the neck interesting, research back wings to make them correct.
Today’s daily portrait – a CID officer in a helicopter. I have in the past drawn ancient armor and outfits. I thought it would be fun tackle a modern soldier’s outfit and helmet. I spent about a hour painting it in Artrage. I used the roller brush for the background and the oil brush for the officer.
The photo reference I used is from the U.S Army available as public domain. I liked the anonymity of the officer in the picture. I honestly don’t know alto about CID. I just liked the picture.
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I will be doing portraits of animals for the rest of the week. Today I painted one of my favorite reptiles, the crocodile. I ignored the smudge tool and solely used the flat round brush. I had so much fun painting this that I lost track of time and have no clue how long I spent on it. Painting from scratch in Photoshop using a wacom tablet.
I remembered Wikimedia commons is a great place for public domain and CC photos. Here is the link to the ref photo I used if your interested.
In other news I found 6 of the 7 ‘Nausicaa of the valley of the Wind’ manga graphic novels at a thrift store for the price of one. Hayao Miyazaki’s films had a major impact on me when I was younger and have watched most of his films. But I never seen his comic work before he became a director. I’m not the biggest manga fan but this is wonderful artwork. It’s all black and white with with a spot of halftone but it looks very complex even though it is simple. Wikipedia article here.
I’ve also have a urge to play ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ for some reason after looking at the comics. I have no clue why.
Painting Copyright 20213 Maugryph
My first animal portrait in my project. My pal Lilly, a young border collie. When I took the reference photo, she was apparently bored with the camera 🙂 . I painted the portrait on a black background, it feels so odd to paint that way. I like a 50% grey to start painting on but confort zones are made to be uncomfortable..
Painted entirely with Photoshop
Time Spent: 45 minutes.