I say it's a nice start. I happen to love dragons and I like how you draw them- but there's no harm in building up your knowledge of real lizards to help strengthen your understanding of dragons (You might get inspired to create all sorts of new types of dragons too.)
Also, I have to say I really like how much attention you're paying to your anatomy studies here, they look like polished off peices of work in their own right.
So, so, I hope you keep on posting- keep up the good work, mate.
Providenc, I'm a slow worker so probably a lot longer than they should. Maybe about an hour on average for the sketchier ones and about three hours for the more finished ones.
Vay, I hear you about the saturation of dragons in fantasy. Guess I've just been working on my own type for so long I cant let it go or see it as part of the rest of the genre. Heh, love is blind and all that.
Thanks all for the encouragement and positive feedback. It pleases me endlessly that you like my beasties.
Originally Posted by DARKTHUR
Quite good comic characters you are working on too! that anatomy studies will make them look even better and help you when they have to move around!
Thanks! You're very right about anatomy studies helping with comic characters. It's why I started studying the human figure properly, because I knew I'd never get anywhere with just ideas and no base knowledge of how a body moves and works or how to draw it. I still feel like I struggle with angles and position of limbs/hands/feet etc when I go to create comic characters but hopefully the more I study the human figure, the better my comic characters will get because thats the direction I want to go in.
Some bone structure breakdowns and a rough compositional sketch for a new dragon painting I'm developing. If anyone has any suggestions for improvements etc, I'd love to hear them. Feel like I'm floundering in beginner mode with this one.
Sketch of a Sea Eagle plundered from a postcard. Messed up the position so the wing heads off the edge of the page, but I might trace it onto bigger paper and develop it into a finished picture so it's all good.
Thanks, Kat! I used to love drawing eagles and other birds of prey but fell out of it in recent years, so it's good to hear I can still get them to look vaguely believable.
Ech, havent done much sketching lately. Been getting bogged down with digital attempts - a total pain in the arse because it makes me feel like a useless beginner with no talent or skill whatsoever. Humpf! Got to keep grafting it though or I'll never learn.
Got some fantastic advice from cool folks in the critique centre and had a go at a banana. Used a few different sizes of round brush and tried to blend the colours together. Not sure if it worked, and the under drawing is terrible but it was a good experience.
Any tips/suggestions/feedback on it would be very much appreciated.
Wow, you're working really diligently Good start!
I love dragons even if I rarely draw them (they're hard)...
It seems you tend to draw knees from front a bit too thin. You studied the bones there, it's a massive part of the body
Blending... I just use my hard round brushes and play with them for a while, 33% opacity is enough for my sketches I use the eyedropper tool like crazy, I use one of my tablet buttons for it Experiment a bit and you will find your way I guess, just forget about soft brushes unless you need some perfect smoothness for some fluffy stuff, for example... Well it seems you already know that I usually use a pressure sensitive opacity hard brush for a smooth look. But I'm still a beginner and we are different, that's why life is so interesting
Thanks Shinin! Thats a good point about knees. I hadnt noticed until you pointed it out so I'll definitely work on that in future.
And thanks for sharing your blending methods. I've not used the dropper tool yet, wanted to get a feel for blending with the pen the same way I would with a real brush first, but will definitely be trying it out soon.
Very rough layout sketch for a webcomic panel. I've been mucking about in photoshop with colouring on it but couldnt get the next stage file size down small enough to display here, even after merging the layers and reducing it to a fraction of its former size...
Oh man, I'm totally useless at this digital malarkey. Not only am I struggling to learn all the tools and goodies and how to apply them believably, I also have no idea what I'm doing with the image sizes, layers, file types, previews etc...
Eh, the joys. But, no pain no gain as they say. I'll figure this thing out eventually.
And I just figured out how to merge layers and change the image to a smaller jpeg so I can post it here without blasting my browser to bits.
Would love to hear if you guys think it's heading in the right direction and I'll hopefully have an update of the next stage to post soon.
Not much anatomy progress to report. Actually, not much of anything to report. Life keeps getting in the way right now and time just slips away...
Just a couple of very quick sketches - hands and legs. Going to need to do more detailed bone and muscle studies I think, because I'm just drawing what I'm seeing without any real understanding of whats going on underneath, and it shows in the legs sketch.
Okay, back to the bare bones for a bit, apart from the first one. That was plundered from the posemaniacs site. Not a 30 second attempt - I'm too used to taking my time and feeling my way through a picture than banging out a few lines fast and furious. Probably need a lot more practice before I'm ready for that kind of thing anyway.