Finally I have time to return to designing some characters. For the pose I used a ref provided by Jagged Eye.
Also did a wolf variation, Tell me which design you like better:
I’m trying to build up my portfolio and apply techniques I learned in the past 4-5 months into my newer paintings. This painting has a lot of firsts. It’s is the first attempt that I have made to take one of my black and white paintings and make it into a color painting using adjustment layers for segments and then painting over it. The first time I attempted to render fur without using a smudge tool, instead i drew every single hair. The first time I drew a person holding a firing weapon let alone a crossbow. I spend a lot of time researching the pose and the crossbow weapon. I was so ignorant about the crossbow that it didn’t realized it used bolts instead of arrows. I also wanted to attempt a secondary lighting source. which was the blue flame on the bolt. I spent about 11 hours total on the painting and 3 of that was sketching and researching how to make the jackal hold on to the crossbow. I am happy with it but something nags a me that there is something I could add to it to make it even better. Let me know what you think.