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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!
July 19th, 2007 #3
Really nice approach to this illustration. I Love your color pallete. Really hip piece chuck, thanks for sharing.
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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 donít 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
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July 20th, 2007 #13
mmm that's delicious! I really enjoy the bright colors. Nice WIP shots too!
July 20th, 2007 #14
Gotta say - honestly, I haven't been that crazy about the stuff you've posted on CA before - stylistically that is (I know you draw like a madman)- and not a big fan of dragons...but this piece is awesome, especially each of the steps down to the beginning doodle that can very well stand on their own...
believe me there's a compliment in there somewhere!
July 20th, 2007 #15
The closeup is to die for. I dont have enough stars for this.
July 20th, 2007 #16
Excelent work, very traditional look with that watercolor. Thanks for the steps!
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July 20th, 2007 #17
wow a dragon toy, sounds great, and you get to be friends with the guy with the biggest balls in the comic industry(as said by joe casey).And you actually deserve it, the painting is great man.
July 20th, 2007 #18
Chuck, this piece of work is certainly an eye catcher. BEAUTIFUL. The colors really pop out at you, and there is plenty of detail to draw the eye in. Interesting way people who create artwork come up with their ideas isnít it. I liked hearing how looking out at the birdbath and seeing the cardinal got the idea stated for you. I love hearing stories like that.
Youíre one of the winners of the McF. Art contest! Great! The work above is certainly awesome. Keep up the cool creations J
July 20th, 2007 #19
Mmmn...cardinals are a nice source for inspiration aren't they.
Oh but on to bigger things, this peice is fantastic. Thanks for posting the process pics. Helps out little chillens like me.
July 20th, 2007 #20
Great work there Chuck. I really appreciate the addition of traditional media. I have been kicking around ways of including all the things I learned in school into the digital realm. Great process and final product.
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July 20th, 2007 #21
ICH - Yeah, you could be right. I liked the pop of the white border line, but it's close to being too distracting. Oh well, it didn't seem to hurt me in the contest. Thanks for the words!
Beelow - Hey Beelow. I haven't seen you since EON, how've things been? Are you going to do the Strange Behavior challenge? I probably will, but no ideas yet.
BohemianChaos - Who, me? Thank you.
Kek - No problem. I'm glad you liked seeing the WIPs.
MikeCorriero - Aaaaah yeaah. It's going to be the cover of PS CS4, take that! No. Of course it's not. But if you're impressed, that's good enough for me.
BFWingard3 - THX!
Kilbourne - Yeah, sometimes I scan in paper drawings, sometimes I draw completely in PS. It's nice to be able to change gears if I'm not getting anywhere, and just try a different approach. It gets me through drawer's block.
Rayph - Thank you, sir.
Ellingsworth - No, enough posting, more ass patting. Thank you.
Chupacabra - Yeah, I need to try reigning in the saturation on a piece and doing something more monochromatic. Thanks for the kudos.
Darkside - Thanks!
spudstudios - Thank you.
Bralt Hannicart - Cool, I'm glad you like.
Rascar Capac - When I first read your comment, I said out loud "Oh hell no, that better not be MY Hovig" (ask Amber). But you went to ArtCenter and, really, how many Hovigs can there be? Thanks for letting me know that you're still alive and congratulations on a successful career. New Zealand? Really? We'll have to chat offline some time.
MoonVisionStudio - Thanks Jose!
Borilius - I'm glad you appreciated the steps.
bhanu - Yeah, but I don't mean to sound misleading. I win a toy from one of their existing lines. Some people have interpreted my words to mean that they're going to make a toy based on my painting, but that's not part of the deal. I wish.
Bruce Pluto - Very glad to hear that you find the background info interesting. A lot of times seeing a piece of an animal, either in the yard or on my HDTV, sparks some kind of idea.
Mechanicalstrings - They sure are. Now I could do a dragon inspired by a squirrel or Blue Jays. Thanks so much!
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Mr. Wadey did it again, boys n girls!
Chuck, your style is so refreshing every time you post something... That mix of traditional and digital media is so nicely done. Seeing your step-by-step of that COW piece was mind-blowing. I'm not into the whole dragon thing, but this one's awesome! Waiting for your next post now
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wow, so cool.
July 20th, 2007 #27
Simply stunning. The palette and details are remarkable, and the concept is a very unique take on something as common as dragons. I found the WIP progress shots to be very helpful, though I do have some questions. Namely, how many layers did u have during each WIP screenshot? (and what were the various layers). Did you merge the watercolor layer with the background and keep the dragon on a separate layer, or was this a one layer masterpiece?
Oh, and thanks for sharing this wonderful work of art .
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Yeah, I am really quite eager to try your technique with the watercolours, if you don't mind me biting off your idea.
July 20th, 2007 #30
great one as usual!
keep on rocking!
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