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Dragon Sketch (6-8-2013)

badass dragon head bust painting shooting fire epid angry hungry dragon man mad

Another rendering test. Painted it entity with just the soft round brush. I also added a faint noise texture. The round brush is not good for details, especially scales, the image still feels a bit ‘blurry’ to me. So its best to start out blocking with soft round and then switching to a harder brush like charcoal. I didn’t do any smudging as the soft round is pretty good at it’s name (being soft). Time spent 2hrs (1hr painting the image, and 1hr messing around with the colors : Painted in Photoshop. Any feedback is welcome.

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Fierce fire breathing dragon (Finished!)

head dragon evil fire breathing dragon red fire drake beathing

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

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Dragon Face Value Painting WIP 2

dragon painting bust head portrait concept art

Finally got back to working on this painting. Put more details into the scales, and rendered the mouth more.  I just need to do some more scale rendering and finish lighting it. Then I can start coloring. Painted in Photoshop. Time spent so far: About 3 hours. Let me know what you think so far.

Was watching Captain America: The first Avenger while painting this. The movie was pretty well made and had great production values. Chris Evans did a good job at portraying Steve Roger. The story was predicable but enjoyable nether the less. I was impressed however with the ending credit sequence, It was very interesting how they took the images from old U.S WW2 propaganda posters and animated them.

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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?