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July 19th, 2007 #1
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.
Here's the first scribble. Photoshop:
The drawing gets more refined:
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.
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.
And a final detail.
Ta ta for now. See ya next time!
P.S. - Check out my previous Finally Finished thread if you want to see more:
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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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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.
July 20th, 2007 #7
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.
July 20th, 2007 #8
That sir, is amazing. Wonderful combination of traditional and digital medium. The extra effort really paid off in the finished piece.
July 20th, 2007 #9Ellingsworth Guest
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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July 20th, 2007 #12
cool work. lovely dragon
Check my sketchbook if you're bored
And my blog!
July 20th, 2007 #13
mmm that's delicious! I really enjoy the bright colors. Nice WIP shots too!