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    Cardinal Dragon

    Hey all,

    I painted a dragon for McFarlane's Myspace Art Contest, and was selected as one of the winners: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ogID=289103173. That means I get a dragon toy and I get to be one of their top friends. I'll enjoy that while it lasts.

    The piece evolved as I was drawing the dragon's details. I kept thinking of the cardinals that I was seeing on my bird feeders at home - that's where the dragon's red color and dark spots around the eyes came from. From that thought, I leapt to the idea that a catholic cardinal could be riding him. A dragon in the service of the church sounded interesting enough, and why not, religion is a strong element in the Spawn universe. It gave me a lot of opportunity for ornamentation and the motivation to saw down the dragon's horns and chain him to the monastery foundation.


    Cardinal Dragon


    Here's the first scribble. Photoshop:

    Cardinal Dragon

    The drawing gets more refined:

    Cardinal Dragon

    I painted a handful of random watercolor washes on paper, and scanned them at high resolution to use as my painting base in Photoshop. I think it gave the piece a stronger natural media feel than the usual brush textures I use.

    Cardinal Dragon

    And here's the piece at half-way. The first half of a painting is fast and fun, the rest is just massaging details. Blah.

    Cardinal Dragon

    And a final detail.

    Cardinal Dragon


    Ta ta for now. See ya next time!


    P.S. - Check out my previous Finally Finished thread if you want to see more:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=95898

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    Wow, love the concept, the colors and the tecniques! Nice work here, Chuck.
    I really like the frame, the only thing that bother me is that strong white border, seems a little too regular and bright, but it's just my opinion.

    Many congratulations for the contest!

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    Really nice approach to this illustration. I Love your color pallete. Really hip piece chuck, thanks for sharing.

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    wow... just... wow.

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    Amazing work! Thanks for showing its progression.

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    "Damn!!!" was the first thing that came out of my mouth. Very cool image! Cheers.

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    Grade-fucking-A. Sweet concept, and thanks for the progression, I like the digital/realwatercolor/digital moves. Nice.

    Look, you know what I mean. You take a bunch of people who don’t seem any different from you or me, but when you add them all together you get this sort of huge raving maniac with national borders and an anthem.
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    That sir, is amazing. Wonderful combination of traditional and digital medium. The extra effort really paid off in the finished piece.

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    WOW...the colors they are beautiful. So rich and warm. The idea of scanning in the water color was great, looks awesome. Enough ass patting, POST MORE!

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    awesome. i do like the monochrome version better though, photoshop takes that analog thing away.
    but great work.
    5ive from me.

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    Thumbs up

    dig it, especially the colors
    great choice on the watercolor splashes

    more!!!!

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    cool work. lovely dragon

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    mmm that's delicious! I really enjoy the bright colors. Nice WIP shots too!

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