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Daily Painting No.78 – Alex Hawkenstone (Concept Art)

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I finally completed a painting of Alex Hawkenstone, the main protagonist of my story. I went though many color experiments with the clothing to get something I was satisfied with. She is a norden, a people that live in the snowy mountains of the north.  She is no warrior, has no super powers, cannot cast a spell, nor can she shape shift. However, she has her wits about her at all times. Something she puts to use with eerie precision. She starts out uncertain of herself, but gains confidence throughout the story. I want her to grow with the reader. This is less of a coming of age story. It is more about ordinary people put into epic and extraordinary circumstances, and coming out on top. I painted it in Photoshop using a drawing tablet. It took about four hours total to paint. five hours if you count researching the clothing.

update: adjusted the colors from cool to warm to better match her personality.

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Chris the Dragon (Daily Value Painting)

 

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I draw Chris every so often and I always make such dramatic changes with every revision. I think I have finally found a design that is substantial. This current design would allow him to walk upright and walk like a cat. Kept the scarf but might replace it with a bandana.  Made Chris much more dragon like with the exception of his human like eyes (Chris was once a human in my story, he needs human like expressions with his eyes). I removed the eyebrows, it’s hard to take a dragon seriously with eyebrows, even if it’s a lung. Replaced eyebrows with eyebrow like nubs. Apparently when I get below the torso, I start to get hasty with the rendering. The tail, drop shadow and feet could use some more attention. I added some scale details. Let me know what you think.  I have the most fun value painting (or tonal painting). Value painting is awesome. I enjoy rendering light and shadows. I enjoy doing those lighted sphere exercises they teach you in art class, yes I am strange. I going to do value paintings daily. No time limits, no themes, no speed painting.

Self evaluation

1- treat below the torso with as much attention as the rest of the painting if doing a figure.

2- be more clean with your line work

3-work on adding details to enhance the image and bump it to a professional painting

4- take your time. take breaks from a painting. It’s not a race.

5-Easy on the dragons. Try all sorts of characters and environments.

Experiments

1- try rendering the highlights first instead of the shadows.

2- render interesting backgrounds

3-try compositions with more then 1 to 3 figures.