aer, digital art, onsters, photoshop

Monster Failure (Daily Doodle)

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A monster doodle that I dilly dallied too long with. I didn’t get nearly as far as I hoped. because of this I didn’t get to work on the values, so it looks flat šŸ˜¦ The design reminds me of somethingĀ  that would fit in Shadow of the Colossus. I’m disappointed with it but feel I learned something so I’m happy.

45 minutes

art, artwork, Daily Doodle, digital drawings, painting

Domestic Creature ( Daily Doodle 16)

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Finally a creature that doesn’t remotely resemble a dragon. It looks more like the offspring of a raptor and a alpaca. I will continue my daily doodle project but I need to return to comps and values instead of design. Before I create another creature, I need to spend a fair amount of time doing research.. I cant do that with a daily doodle at this time. I need to break the ‘dragon curse’ that has infected my drawings. I need to explore new things and take the time to research it.Ā  It’s my greatest weakness as a artist jumping into a painting too early. Its fine to be spontaneous when I’m sketching but not with a painting. I need to plan out what I need to do as a artist for the to improve my portfolio so I can get a job in this business.Ā  I spent about a hour and 15 minutes on this doodle.

art, artist, concept art, creature feature, digital art, monster, monsters, photoshop

Creature Feature 1- Nectoar

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The story of the Nectoar : the nectoar is a stone creature that lives in the abandoned mountains. It is said that it’s voice could crush rock miles a way and that it’s stare could turn a person to stone! it has quick strong legs that can catch up to any thing in a instant! It’s thick helmet shaped head protects the brain. it’s only weak spot is it’s fleshly red underbelly and it is the only way you can slay a nectoar. It has a sensitive pod above it’s head it uses as a third eye.

After watching a very motivating video on creativity (I will search for link when I can). It made a point that stuck with me. If you want to do something, you must simply do it, sounds simple right? So why doesn’t it happen? There are some that want to be writers but they never write due to fears and other hangups. But a writer does one thing every day without letup…. they write! So if you want to be a writer, you must write! Doesn’t matter how good or bad your are, if you want to be something, you MUST be it. Every day. Without letup. People like to use the popular excuse ‘I have no talent to do that’. Talent is overrated. Hard work and passion for you subject gets you places. NOT talent. Some skills might take years to learn well, but if it is your passion, make yourself dredge through it! The more you do something the better you become at it. The more you love it.

I have done this with being a artist, every day I draw, paint, and teach myself. I still have a ways to go (what artist doesn’t?), but it doesn’t matter, it is my passion to draw and paint. In just the last 4 months you can see a clear improvement in my skills. However I realized if i want to become a concept artist.. shouldn’t I create concept art? I draw allot of dragons, critters and still life paintings but very few designs. I’ve decided that along with my still life project I should create a critter a day. No excuses. I started creating creatures four days ago, this is the first design that is not too shabby. I write a short story about a creature and them paint it. Unlike my Still life paintings I will not upload every creature I create because..frankly most suck right now :D. I also do some quick daily storyboards as well of story ideas the pass through my reptilian brain. I now set aside 2 hours a day for studies, its called my Art block.

I spent 2 hours on this painting.

anthro, anthro dragon, art, artwork, cartoon, characters, color, digital art, dragons, portrait

Portrait of Chris the Dragon

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Portrait my character Chris the dragon, a character that is stuck in my head and refuses to die. This portrait was a experiment to see if I blend the painterly look with halftones,I think it might of worked. I’m happy that I understand lighting now, and I no longer guess when shading. After I finish Becky Wisdom’s portrait tomorrow, next weeks portrait theme will be ‘human faces that have been exaggerated but still look realistic’. Right now I feel frustrated with my art. I have been drawing for the last 6 months learning a more realistic style that concept artist and some illustrators use. When I visit the galleries of more polished and advanced artists and I know the steps and techniques that they used instantly when i look at their images, yet I feel I myself cannot produce something at that nature yet. I will just keep trying to improve. that’s all I can do.

Time spend 1 Hour
Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop

anthro, art, artwork, character design, concept art, dogs, fantasy, figures, jackals, painting, photoshop

Humaniod Female Jackal Barbarian

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I forgot to post this last week. Concept art for a anthropomorphic jackal people that would fit in well in some sort of fantasy video game. I could see these be like enemies that you would have to fight.

Painted in PhotoshopTime Spent: 3 hours

Copyright 2013 maugryph

animals, black and white, digital art, digital painting, face, iguana, lizards, photoshop, portrait

Iguana Portrait, Front Facing

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For today’s portrait I paintedĀ  the facing view of a Marine Iguana. It looks quite monstrous and alien when it is facing you directly. Me just drawing the face and not the entire body doesn’t help.Ā  It reminds me of Jabba the Hut. It has some errors, but I’m too tired to fix them. Painted it entirely in Photoshop with a wacom tablet. Time spent on the artwork, about 50 minutes

Here is the photo I used as a reference :http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marine_iguana_on_rock.JPG

animal, animals, art, artwork, black and white, cheetah, digital art, photoshop, portrait

Cheetah Portrait

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I couldn’t sleep. I then remembered that I haven’t painted a portrait yet. This time my friend’s favorite animal. The cheetah. I do like the tear drop patterns on the cheetah’s face. Cheetahs are very beautiful creatures. This painting was created from scratch in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. I used the flat round brush and the eraser for the entire painting. I think I spent around 30 minutes .

Wikimedia again came to my rescue with a decent photo ref: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Acinonyx.jubatus-1-ZOO.Olomouc.jpg

Painting copyright 2013 Maugryph