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I've been lurking here for a few weeks and decided to try and draw something, and it is turning out really well imo.
But first a little background...
I work for a video game publisher making box art, ads etc. I have an art degree in sculpture of all things from Moorhead State (Minnesota), so I do have an art background. At work I do a lot of photo and painting manipulation but very little stuff from scratch. I haven't drawn much in the last 7 or so years so I am totally out of practice. I draw about once a month if lucky.
The artwork on this site is SOOO amazing I had to try and draw again, if nothing else to prove to myself that I still can do it. I have a very hard time sketching with my drawing tablet, I keep wanting to turn it so I can draw curves better, I really need a tablet pc or one of those high end Wacoms with a built in screen. Anyone want to donate me one??? No? Dang.
I know I still have a lot of re-learning to do. My anatomy is very shaky without a reference. But I learned a bit doing this dragon. I have a bad tendency want to get into the details before I have the lighting and anatomy worked out. I started with a light pencil sketch that I scanned in.
The next few steps took me too long, about 2 hours. I need to add all of the lighting and figure out the anatomy before I can even begin adding details.
I tried filling in the color using the airbrush and it was very cartoony looking, so I finally made my own pencil and that worked perfectly for my style. Plus when it came time to blend the colors together it added a nice texture that i wouldn't have gotten if I have done it with a airbrush. More on that.... My first real problem. Before I finished the whole body i wanted to see if the blending would work. It did, yeah! But then I got sucked into adding more and more detail to the head, when I really needed to be getting the body nailed down. I doubt I'll even go beyond the head at this point. Part of that is due to the many problems with the body: the front arm, the wings are all wrong, and the legs don't fit. Basically with the head as is, I'd want to redesign the body. But I doubt I will. The exact profile is very boring and allows me to cheat too much.
The whole thing was drawn pretty monochromatic. Once I had the head about where I liked it, I used levels, burning and screening to add texture and color. Finally I blew the whole thing up 200% and started adding little details.
So what do you think about the du-lap? The few people I showed this to at work preferred it without, but I really want to keep it, without it he reminds me of those bad guys from The Dark Crystal. Any ideas???
Finally a nice close-up.
I have to say, I'm VERY happy with how this is coming along. So much so that it looks better than I anything thought I could make.
Last edited by Trevor Harveaux; January 11th, 2005 at 11:25 AM. Reason: updated image
Look'n good man! The more and more detail you put in there it looks 10 times better. Can't wait to see it done.
^keep me going by visiting my sketchbook^
Thanks, I finished up the dragon head this afternoon, I just need to tweek the background a bit.Originally Posted by XposeLook'n good man! The more and more detail you put in there it looks 10 times better. Can't wait to see it done.
I decided to keep the du-lap. I didnt hear any complaints about it.
While I aspire to even be in the shadow of most of the talent here, I can't wait to post my final image. Easily the best thing I've done in quite a while.
For someone who hasn't drawn in a while I say that's pretty fantastic!
Great job. Can't wait to see it completed either!
I especially liked seeing a scale human next to him, gave him some weight.
I learned alot doing this.
The scale is lost when just a head. I'd even say the scale has changed based on the size of the spines.
Any crits before I post to the finished section??
Last edited by Trevor Harveaux; January 11th, 2005 at 12:23 PM.
Its real cool how it started from that tiny sketch
you have great skills
profiles are fun to draw...and yours is done relly well
cool expression too, really like the colors on the head.
It's just like riding a bike you never forget. Lovely finished piece. The lighting blending and shadeing are very convincing.
ps I have a similar piece but cannot find how to post it here.
Brutal crits for today,
regrets for tomorrow
The change in appearance from your first sketch to the final color piece is AMAZING. I agree with the others, seeing the process from start to finish is a great idea, that is somethine I will have to work into one of my psots on of these days.
Once the coloring of the head began it turned out great, a wonderful 3-dimensional quality to the image. The only thing that bugs me a little is the mouth. I am not sure it is defined enough. I see the line of its edge, but something about that area just looks flat or doesn't work for me. If the top jaw is overhanging the bottom one I would like to see a little more shadow. If they are close together, I would like to see a little more variation in the jaw line, maybe to indicate teeth or musculature. Apart from that the piece turned out excellent.
Just some helpful criticism, hope you don't mind.