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.