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