What is YOUR painting method?
Do you start light and build up?
Start opaque then blend?
Draw then paint on top getting rid of the linework?
Start black and white for tonal contrast then add color?
Start black and white for tonal contrast then do a whole new painting in color?
What else can you tell me about your method?
Ok I guess this is as good a thread to pimp my newest painting as any : P
Lately mine is the lazy way that is, the thumbnail sketch is generally what will end up being the final painting. It makes up for the fact that digital doesn't have a decent palette where you can mix you colours separately from the canvas and I don't like painting the same thing twice. So my sketch is the colour palette which I will use colour adjustements to alter because I seldom get the colours exactly as I wanted them from the get go. Especially as you're busy trying to get the other important stuff right.
Simultaneously I render what I think needs it and try to leave the good bits alone. Sometimes I fail at that. But working with clients taught me to save the steps of an image and work on it over several days. That gives me time to forget about it and look at it with a fresher eye the next day. While going over the saved steps allows me to see if I overrendered something especially something that was sketchy but well drawn, then you wanna go and paste back the good bit.
Layers: one for the dragon and one for the background which helps with edge overlaps; sharp across soft expecially.
Finished image: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=236714