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Daily Painting No.99 – Dragon Portrait WIP (almost there)

badass dragon portrait tf alter ego monster painting

I have already spent a dozen hours on this painting. I feel I am getting close to it’s completion. I will continue to work on this painting for the next 2 days. This will be my last finished dragon painting for some time. There is two reasons for this 1.) I am in the works of designing a 3d badass dragon model I can showcase in my portfolio, I will go though the entire design process from concept art to fully rigged character. That should satisfy my dragon drawing itch and should please my followers and friends that enjoy my dragon art.. 2.) Franky I am a bit tired of painting dragons. Dragons have become a ‘safe’ thing for me to paint. I need to challenge myself. I have been painting them non stop for six months. If I don’t start to paint other things, I will start to sprout wings, a tail, and will become a dragon. It wont be pretty (A zoo would love it, but my family would be pissed).

I need to paint other things. I love to draw woman, I would like to do paintings of them.Get better at painting skin tones. I love to draw other monsters, even if some might look a bit ‘dragonish’. I would like to try my hand at some plien air stuff. Draw other fantasy critters like orcs,  elves, and golems. Paint some celebrity portraits of people  such as Jennifer Lawrence and Jimmy Fallon.  I decided to move forward with the still life practice. Starting  on daily painting 102, for the next 50 days I will paint a 45min to a hour still life quickie with a 10-15 minute comp study. Today is valentines day, this will be the second year I have to face this day alone. I hate this holiday.

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Daily Painting No.32 (Dragon WIP part 1)

dragon painting

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.

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Daily Painting No.26- Self Portrait as a Dragon

dragon self portrait 2

If you ever want a challenge yourself as a artist: try to draw yourself as some animal or creature, yet still make it look somewhat like you. Bonus points if non-mammalian.  It’s mind numbing, and a bit creepy. A fellow artist told be to check out your progress, you should reexplore a piece you did in the past and recreate it. I tried a self portrait like this about a year ago https://maugryph.com/2012/10/24/dragon-self-portrait/. I think I have improved substantially. Since I only spent about a hour and 10 minutes on this portrait. Last year’s portrait I had spent about 3-4 hours, and it looks very lame.  Does this look like me, you ask? Well.. the eyes do at least. Frankly it looks somewhat like my dragon character/mascot I been drawing forever except with my eyes. (Note: To all dragon slayers and brave knights. I’m not a dragon, plz don’t slay me. This guy on the other hand… there is a weak spot in his scale armor on his left breast FYI (thanks Bilbo))

Self critique: The left side of his face, the lighting needs fixing, his fins are too dark. The fin on his mandible blends into his neck and needs to be fixed.

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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?