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    Next two steps. Don't know why I'm posting this as a process...maybe more for myself than anything. The foliage is a little too texture driven and not enough hand painting, but I'm going away this weekend so time's tight.

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    Looking good! I liked the earlier version, where the creature in the back faded into the background. It gave it a spooky, mysterious feel.

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    Finished the OwlBear image for the Owlbear Challenge over at ArtOrder. I would probably have changed a few things in retrospect, but deadline's monday, and I'm away this weekend.

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    Wootness..page 2!

    Loki, Robot...thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Think I'm gonnna try and work on some figure images next...love the critters, but I'm a little rusty with the humanoids so....

    Amon - The challenge over at Art Order was to make a creature who's features might seem reminiscent of an Owl or Bear, while not necessarily being part of either. I didn't want to swing too heavy in either direction.

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you all, but the servers were a bit wacky last couple of days.

    more to come

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    Been entirely too long updating this sketchbook. Partly just busy with life, partly struggling with various images. This latest one was a nightmare in textures and lighting. My fault really...I didn't plan it much ahead of time...just kinda started sketching and this is what I ended up with, figuring everything else out along the way.

    It's Killer Croc, one of Batman's arch enemies, and one of my favorite villains, mainly because he has a tendency to gnaw on his victims.

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    The original sketch that was the genesis for the Killer Croc image. The original concept was for some sort of dino-sapien kind've thing, but you know how these things tend to run away from where you first start off...

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    Only a man who is pure of heart...

    The new Wolfman movie got me inspired last night and I started a quickie sketch just before hitting the sack. Took me longer to get the pose where I wanted than to actually finish the painting, which I did earlier today.

    Love me some werewolves, can't wait for the movie...

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    Nice creatures, your color choices/schemes are top notch.

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    Thank you for the kind words Troubador. Been using the mono-chrome underpainting/color overlay technique...seems to be working out ok, though I'd like to try more direct color techniques...

    - Lu

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    My entry for CoW #155, though it's a little different than the image I submitted for the Finals. While the concept for this piece came fairly easy, painting it was another matter entirely. I think the colors were just giving me a rough time of it...and red is a deceptively difficult color to paint well. Most successful images where red is the main body of color surprisingly use red sparingly. I guess because it's so potent and rich, it's one of those 'handle with care' colors.

    In either case...the first image is the final I submitted to the CoW, and the second is the revamped version, which I think works a bit better. Well...it works as well as I can manage lol.

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    Great stuff in here luvazquez! Keep up the good work. Dig the old school horror creatures. Owlbears are sweet too.

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    Thanks for the encouragement Eye! Hadn't thought about it til you mentioned it, but now I'm thinking of maybe doing a series of image based on the 'old school horror' creatures. So thanks for the idea and inspiration.

    Hmm...who's next? a nosferatu? Frankenstein? Mummy? Invisible man! lol

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    Yes the second is much more enjoyable, You still have time to finish and if you hurry you can postit
    You have some interesting designs, good job continue to walk on this street bicouse is really good for improuvment and progress

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    Thanks Cyan. Some minor tweaking, mainly cosmetic. Glad I was able to change my entry to reflect the changes I had made.

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    Much better nice work

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    Decided to re-work an old image I did awhile ago. The idea was sort've an albino-ish Drow. Kinda.

    The original was done in Painter as an experiment. I liked it alot, but it always seemed a little plain to me. So...instead of getting some much needed rest last night, I decided to tweak this image in Photoshop, maybe make it a little more interesting. The first is the original version, the second is the rework.


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    My entry for ChoW #156. It's kind've a Ghostbusters Hound meets a lava flow. Learned alot painting this one...like I need to work on my environments a bit more. I like it overall, but I can still see things here and there I think I'm gonna end up changing down the road.

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    Almost a month since I've updated this sketchbook. Life's been crazy, and this image was a bit of a struggle. I wanted to push myself and just take on all the areas that I feel I have trouble with...perspective, multiple figures, composition backgrounds etc. and lump them all into one image and reeeeally just confront it...all while trying to make a finished image. I think I'm ok with the results...but ask me again in a few days and I might have a different answer.

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    Another huge gap between updates, but I have been busy with the art, just not posting any of it as regularly as I would like. Anyways, I decided to give a shot at painting a dragon image, of the D&D variety. But instead of the usual suspects, i.e: Reds, Whites or Coppers, I decided to go with a Green, since they're not as common and they were given an overhaul in the latest update.

    Personally, I don't like the new look for the Green Dragon, so I figured that would be the challenge; take something I found a little goofy and make it look interesting. I ended up being happy with the result overall.

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    Finished working on my Holiday card.

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    Dug up an old image that I started in Painter back when I was trying it out. It kinda sat on the back burner for most of the year, and with some downtime on my hands I wanted to finish it before the year's end. What started as a quick speedpaint silhouette ended up being a full out painting, but she's finally finished.



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    Couple recent images...trying to include more figures in my work. Love the monsters, but it's a nice break to work on a humanoid once in awhile.

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    Dark Sun has been revived for 4th Edition DnD and I couldn't be more happy. It's about time they revisited this campaign setting. IMHO, it's one of the better campaign worlds ever created for DnD, though it's a bit harsh and apocalyptic for most people's escapist fantasies. Will always be a favorite of mine though...and I was inspired to paint a Dragon King when I heard the news.

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    My entry for the Assassin Devil challenge over at ArtOrder

    The idea was to re-envision the Assassin Devil creature and paint it in a vignette style as it would appear in a Monster manual.

    Not my best image...too much outline, and not enough color, even for a free floating vignette. Still...was fun to do.

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    This was supposed to be a speedpaint, but it ended up going a little longer than I expected. It's a head study for what might be a full painting of Etrigan, the Demon. Always loved this DC Comic character.

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    quickie color of a sketch from my sketchbook. Was trying a more transparent technique over pencil/pen, with opaque highlights. Looks ok, but in the end, it looks exactly what it is...a colored drawing. Ah well...always fun to try different techniques.

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