alex, art, dragon, experiment, oc, painting

Alex’s Mug


A experimental painting of my dragon Alex. I wanted to fuse more lizard like qualities into him. I might of added too much. I spent too much time revising this painting over and over.  I’m on the fence if I like the redesign or not. I started this with no prelim sketches. Bad move. This is my first painting using Manga Studio 5, so that is probably another reason I spent longer on it. I’ve used MS4 in the past  but MS5 is amazing and has the same photoshop tools I NEED to use and are important in my workflow like masking, selection tools, and transform tools. I hope that it will also let you save tool presets but I haven’t found it yet. I MIGHT just be able to leave Photoshop for good. CC you later Adobe 🙂

art, artrage, daily painting, dragon, dragons, fantasy, monsters, painting, wyvern

Wyvern (Dragon with wing arms) (Monster 15)


I’ve returned to the monster painting project. I thought it would be best something furn. This was painted inArtrage. I found out how to turn the ‘3d’ effect off the paints. This helped me blend the color more like I would in Photoshop. Speaking of photoshop, Artrage’s solution to masks is ‘stencils’ and they are driving me crazy, I keep accidentally moving them and cant find a way to lock them. I am happy with this quick painting and am getting closer to thinking like a painter.

art, artwork, battlemage, daily painting, digital painting, dragons, experiment, fantasy, high fantasy, paintings, photoshop, rpg

Daily Painting No.19 – Dragon Creeping up on a Battlemage

battlemage searching for a dragon behind him

Update: Added more atmosphere, made the monster in the back larger. Fixed the back leg. Self Critique: the monster needs more work, not sure ff the lighting is %100 correct everywhere on the armor.

With this painting I discovered a uncanny. Painting and smudging at the same time works well with armor and cloth. It’s too late to self critique. I write one tomorrow Painted in Photoshop. Time spent: 50 minutes. + 15 for some fixes

art, artwokr, artwork, black and white, celebrities, daily painting, digial art, digital art, fan art, fantasy, fiction, painting, photoshop, portrait, studies

Daily Painting No.14 (Gandalf the Grey)

gandalf gandorf ian mckellen film study artwork painting

I have been wanting to paint Gandalf (played by Ian McKelley, who appears to have no problem showing his underwear on stage) since I watched the Hobbit last week. One of my more challenging paintings so far. Due to the fact it its a well known actor so I have to get his likeness down to near precision.And also because I had chosen a ref with BACK LIGHTING! I reworked the nose and eyebrows over and over again, I was having issues with the nose proportions.. The reference was a still in the Lord of the Rings movie “Fellowship of The Ring’ (I paused the movie when I saw a interesting pose then when looking at the tv screen, I painted it on my computer).

Update: self critique: The eyebrows are still too dark and need to be lighted up (tried to fix it). the left side  of his face needs a bit more light. Any feedback is appreciated

Painted in Photoshop. Time Taken 1 hour and 30 minutes

Speaking of the Hobbit. Although the the movie in my opinion was very  enjoyable, it was obviously stretched out causing the the film to slow down to a crawl in places. This Two hour and forty five minute movie could of easily been cut down to about a hour and a half. Added content like Radagast’s epic adventures, and the dwarves’ battle with the giant golmes in the misty mountains feels tacked on.  Truthfully the entire book could of been done in ONE three hour movie ( I read the book, it is short and sweet at a brisk 300 pages). It’s like Peter Jackson wanted to relive his glory LOTR days. Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman’s performances alone make it worth watching.

art, artwork, concept art, daily painting, digital art, dragon, dragons, fantasy, painting, photoshop

Daily Painting No.13 (Dragon guarding his territory on top of a cliff face)

dragon siting on a cliff looking hungry ready to spew file

It felt like a day to paint a dragon. I thought I would paint a dragon that is somewhat agitated, guarding his territory. Very pleased how well it came out.  There is still hope for me yet :D. Self critique: I didn’t have time to draw the leg so I hid it in shadow, it’s either lazy or ingenious, I can’t decide which. The jaw (mandible)  and hand needs refining. There might be more light from the dragon’s mouth bouncing off the rock and the dragon itself. should I have drawing the other hand? The background is very effective and didn’t take much time at all to make. I would of liked to blend the dragon more and get rid of some of the stronger lines and add some cooler scale patterns.

P.s This is also how I look in the morning until I have my coffee. Coffee is truly the anti-dragon! Who need’s knights?!

365 day challenge, art, artwork, daily painting, digtal painting, fantasy, fantasy art, forest, painting, paitning, post a day, wizards

Daily Painting No.9 ( Wizard casts a lighting spell in a dark forest)

a wizard casting a light spell in a forest

I have been in a national forest for most of the day. Had the urge to draw a forest scene. The wizard casting a lighting spell was a spur of the moment thing.

Self critique: needed to finish the bark of the tree. and have more branches point toward the wizard. While I am proud of the leaf texture brushes I made, the realism of the textures conflict with of the unfinished bark. I totally forgot to add bounce lighting to the leaves. I love the glow effect of the light I made with minimal effort.

Painted in Photoshop

Time Spent : 1 hour

art, artwork, concept art, daily painting, digital art, digital painting, dragon, dragon rider, dragons, fantasy, high fantasy, speed painting

Daily Painting No.3 – Dragon rider

woman in a mask riding a dragon

After the stinker of a daily painting I did yesterday. I really need to redeem myself a bit. The archetype  of a dragon rider is common in fantasy art. It is a subject I haven’t tackled yet. Frankly off and on for a week I’ve attempted to draw it in a interesting pose. since you have to ride a dragon closer to it’s neck, it was as interesting challenge for me to place the rider in the correct position. I couldn’t use a horse rider for ref. Here is my second attempt at painting the subject. (The first will not be shown to protect your eyeballs from its utter hideousness). Since I only have a hour or so to spare on these every day, I try to get the focal points finished at least. However in this painting they are still a bit rough. I like this composition. I might in the future spare another hour and attempt to finish it.  As for my self critique, I do like the composition, it has a lot of potential even if its a little cliche. I wanted to make the dragon’s frame big and intimidating like a rhino but in the end I felt like I made it look fat. The wing to the right is not in the correct position. I need to work on the structures of the wings more. the mask looks too blah and needs some spicing up or removed to draw the actual face. I think a curved horn on the back of the dragon’s mandible would add to the painting. I used fog to stop the front leg from competing with the face but It might be too effective. Any other observations is appreciated.

Painted in Photoshop. Time spent 1 hour and 10 minutes

Daily Painting # 3