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Dragon value painting sketch with process info

monster forest dragon painting from sketch speed

A experiment. I’ve been using little realistic animal figurines set under a spot light for lighting studies and practice. the figurines include a leopard, crocodile, wolf, sheep and a forest dragon. I started sketching with a pencil again, which I admit at first felt rather odd. One time when I made a wrong line, for a split second I looked for the undo button before realizing I was drawing on physical paper. I kid you not.

After looking though my sketches, the forest dragon light study was the best of the bunch. So I scanned it and  painted over it in Photoshop as normal. I wanted to see if I could take one of my studies and experiment with the best way take a pencil sketch and paint over it with Photoshop. Then I wanted to see if I could color it with just masks and and adjustment layers. Spent a hour just messing with adjustment tools. I then gave up and painted the color layer manually.

This painting could be pushed further if I dared. Painted in Photoshop. 30 min for the pencil sketch, 15 minutes wasting time with the smudge tool , 30 minutes for painting the sketch in Photoshop, 1 hour messing with the adjustment tools with no success , 30 minutes painting it in color manually. Total = Too much wasted time.

On the plus side I was watching “Shawn the Sheep” on Netflix while doing this charade. It’s a brilliant stop animation kids show. It’s similar to Wallace and Gromit with sheep and no vocals. Since all the jokes are visual gags, both adults and children can enjoy this show. It’s great background noise as well. Maybe I do some sketches of the characters.

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Fierce Fire Beathing Dragon Portrait WIP (Daily Value Painting)

fierce dragon breathing fire wip daily value painting

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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Chris the Dragon is Smiling

anthro dragon happy dancing scaft furry fluffy gery photoshop smiling teeth

This painting was a experiment into finding the best process to make a convecting value sketch that could be developed later into a finished image. But most importantly, force my brain into thinking just value and form and avoid symbols I had accumulated and would constantly use when I was a cartoonist.

For a week I tried different ways to get into that mode. I finally figured out what works best for me tonight. I’m very excited. I spent 45 minutes on this painting, not bad for a sketch :) Its not perfect but it dose have weight and form so I am content for now :) I will continue to do value sketches this way to see how it goes :)

My method is draw motion line(s), choose vanishing point, shape sketch, test the shapes that they have weight, add a rough proximate where the lighting will hit the object, start rendering, add drop shadows, clean image.

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BLU Medic Portrait

blu medic tf 2 evil smile

The Medic is one of my favorite TF2 characters. I did a quick sketch of him last week. I felt that I needed to finish this portrait. I use it as my avatar in Deviant Art.

I also add a hot bounce light for fun. It’s amazing how adding another light source brings paintings to life.  Next portrait is that of Becky Wisdom, a kind lady who follows my blog and is brave enough to allow me to paint a portrait of her face.Photoshop

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Anthro Jackal with Crossbow

anthro fox jackal warrior with crossbow barbarion wolf hero anthro furry humaniod creature critter

This was one of the concept sketches I did for my Jackal with Crossbow painting. But I liked it so much I rendered it into a more finished painting. I was going to do a full figure painting like this before I changed it more to a portrait. For some odd reason I like the sketch better then the finished painting.

Painted in Photoshop
Time Spent: 2-3 hours
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Portrait 15

woman startled teeth grind open eyes female girl

I was out of town for work so I wasn’t able to draw portraits for two days. I started up again, and I feel rusty, I constantly had perspective issues and had to fix placement of the features a few times, had to repaint the eyes twice. I was so behind I didn’t even get to finish the ear or add hair. I need to find more refs of woman that I can use for my projects. I’ve used a 3d model for reference for this painting (I used her as a ref for portrait 6 as well) . I rather draw from life but can’t afford a model. I can’t just use Google Images because that would infringe on copyrights and I just don’t trust Morguefile.com. So if you know a good, cheep stock photo site, let me know. I might start asking friends if I could paint their faces, I guess.