I like to doodle and paint dragons. When I have artist block I usually will quickly paint one out of my head .
My attempt to paint Franz Kafka. A novelist who is remembered for his story “The Metamorphosis” about a man who mysteriously turns into a cockroach. I experimented with a different way to approach painting in Photoshop. Instead of manually changing the transparency of the brush with the number keys, I first set the transparency by pen pressure. Then after laying some tone down I would make the brush opaque and simply use the eyedropper tool to blend different tones together. found it much quicker then the way I was previously doing it. The next day I worked on it for about 10 to 15 minutes and cleaned up the sketch to make it a more finished drawing (although it would need more work done before it was ‘finished’) but forgot to record it. Doh!
I’ve been fighting a cold this weekend so I been hard to urge myself to draw. I should probity start painting celebrities that people actually know. I think I also need to not just ‘stop’ painting when I go past my time goal. If I think the painting is going along well, I need to just finish it. My portfolio is begging me to do that.
Here is the more refined version. I might someday make this a finished painting. It does look like Kafka but for some reason I made him look somewhat ominous and intense. I don’t know why I did that. I was over exaggerating his big nose and had to size it down. I used a photo from Wikimedia as a reference
The dragon heard the warrior approaching from behind. He doesn’t look too happy 😀
This was originally going to be the daily doodle for yesterday but It went beyond a doodle. I just get caught up in things sometimes. I trying to let my line work do most of the work this time. I tried a experiment to render it further to making look more like a painting but it didn’t work. It failed so I wasted two hours, with frustration. So I went back to this version and finished it off.
Photoshop, 4 hours (6 hours total with my mishap)
Feedback is welcome, let me know what you think.
Another dragon wip. I have been drawing many dragons, most I felt that I rushed out the door. This dragon I am taking my time on. I wanted to try a angle if you where looking up at it but not a extreme shot. I took my time figuring out the line work. I spent 2 hours on the line work alone. And it when though a couple revisions. Now I must decide which direction to render him.
Photoshop: 2 hours so far
I been drawing quite a bit of dragons that are more like wild animals,I wanted to take a shot at drawing one that was mire of a ‘person’ and have a personality yet still resembled the fire breathing monster we all know and love. Maybe this dragon was once a man and is now struggling with is new body, or perhaps is a domestic dragon that is kind to humans and is like a loyal pet to them. I wanted to try this with out resorting to anthropomorphism. Here is the fished drawing. I struggled with this one, changing various features, over and over. Im not quite sure if i like this drawing or not. Painted in Procreate
A dragon discovering that the Knight visiting the town next to his cave is not here for a picnic (maybe a bar brawl but not a picnic). It would have to be a very cold hearted knight to slay a dragon with a face like that 😀
This was rendering practice. I tried my utmost to make the surface be as smooth and three dimensional as possible. I achieved the effect by alternating between brush strokes and smudging. I want my paintings to be professional. My past art has relayed heavily on line too much, and when I did render the painting, I felt that I was too sloppy. Blending as I go seems to be the best solution at this time.
I know i have been painting dragons regularly for a month now. Before that I feel that I have been jumping around so much before hand that I never got practically good at any subject. Dragons are great for experimentation. So I will be focusing on three subjects for the next 6 months. The three subjects I will be focusing on are:
Characters doing things. (Characters doing of all types doing stuff, not just standing there like zombies)
Story Illustration (I write a short story about a paragraph long and then make a painting of that scene) Bonus points if it is a epic landscape. double bonus if is a giant monster.
And I would like to continue to improve my dragons.
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.
The finished picture. It’s more cartoon then I was anticipating. This anthropomorphic dragon is named Flyer, It was the first name (if you can call it that) that popped in my head. I spent 4 hours on this, more because I was doing experiments with coloring him in Photoshop more then actual drawing time. I drew the lines in last. It’s gave the painting this interesting ‘borderlands’ style look. I’m going to try my hand at some quadruped dragons. Just to expand my horizons.
Time spend 1 hours drawing, 3 hours coloring tests in Photoshop.