I been working off and on this one for quite some time. I lost track of the time spent on this painting. Tried a totally different way to color, using gradients and color adjustments for most of the color work. Also messed around with complementary colors. I am pleased the result. As stupid as this sounds, this is the first dragon that I painted breathing fire. I’ve must of painted a couple dozen dragons and never had any breath fire O_O. Painted in Photoshop
I’m trying to build up my portfolio and apply techniques I learned in the past 4-5 months into my newer paintings. This painting has a lot of firsts. It’s is the first attempt that I have made to take one of my black and white paintings and make it into a color painting using adjustment layers for segments and then painting over it. The first time I attempted to render fur without using a smudge tool, instead i drew every single hair. The first time I drew a person holding a firing weapon let alone a crossbow. I spend a lot of time researching the pose and the crossbow weapon. I was so ignorant about the crossbow that it didn’t realized it used bolts instead of arrows. I also wanted to attempt a secondary lighting source. which was the blue flame on the bolt. I spent about 11 hours total on the painting and 3 of that was sketching and researching how to make the jackal hold on to the crossbow. I am happy with it but something nags a me that there is something I could add to it to make it even better. Let me know what you think.
Today’s portrait sketch is that of a young girl. I haven’t attempted painting a child’s head before. Since I currently have no good reference pictures of children, I went to morguefile.com and found this photo http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/140295. There is a couple issues with my painting, but I am somewhat happy with it. I went over my time by 10 minutes. This time I painted over a quick line sketch I made first. I allowed me to paint much quicker this time. I even got some of the ears and hair started 🙂
Time spent: 1 hour and ten minutes
Created in Photoshop
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Yes. I took the idiom quite literately :D. Originally this was going to be quick value painting portrait of a woman. Because I’ve been painting mostly in greyscale and monotone, I guess I went a bit…crazy with the colors. At first I was just going to test showing flames come out of her eyes and then pretty soon it blended with her wavy hair, it was a interesting experiment trying to blend flames with hair.
Painted with Photoshop
Time Taken to complete: 2-3 hours
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Update: fojap gave me some useful suggestions on some goof ups i did with the lighting, uploaded new version with fixes applied.
Update 2: right hand was completing for focal point, I put arm down to restore to focal point towards the head.
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