pixeltuner: thanks! and yeah, you're right. .this year I'm going to speed things up!
So, to put that premise into action: scanned some more COW critters . .
COW 160: satyr slayer
I figured it would be some deformed satyr creature, a bloodline that had fallen to corruption and decay, slowly turning to the dark side. After millennia, their existence relies solely on their hatred for their kin, their ancient brethren, the satyrs. I probably should have made it much darker to fit the idea. Oh well.
COW 161: Merlin's familiar
Sort of a spell-casting crow/raven thingy. I figured it should be a creature that could hide amongst real life animals so it could be an excellent spy. Of course, it's highly developed intellect ensures that it can also assist in spell research and provides Merlin with someone to talk to during the solitary work that is a wizard's.
COW 165: Zombie dinosaur
Zombies! Dinosaurs! When put together they combine into in an insatiable herd of killing machines that, quite rightly because of their peanut sized brains, demand more BRAINS!! Quite happy with this one, really.
Someone is bound to comment on this stuff eventually, so here's more.
I've bought an easel last week and after work, I try to paint (if I'm not doing other stuff .. busy, busy). I want to be better, quicker, and the only way to feel more comfortable with paint is, painting with it.
I hope to make real progress this year, so I'll try and keep the output levels high.
Well, enough "blah" for now, on to the new things.
Here's a creature I painted yesterday, in a few hours.
It's kind of rushed, sketchy style but I like it. It's a dog/dragon/cat, sort of.
What the.. Abril: I must be seriously lacking in my psychic skills, since I didn't see your comments at all while posting. . . you actually pushed my book to page 2!
And thank you, for your very kind words. *bows down in thanks*
That's one hell of a compliment you just gave me.
Actually, making "mind blowing stuff" is what I strive to do, and as far as I'm concerned, I'm not there at all yet, but thank you! And welcome aboard !
"...it had the serene look in it's eyes of a creature that realizes it's a tube on legs..." ~ Terry Pratchett
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." ~Pablo Picasso
I've been working on more paintings lately, none of them finished
A white Dragon (from the Dungeons & Dragons monster)
I'm still struggling with the walls. The dragon is supposed to roam an icy cave,
but painting ice seems like a pain. Maybe I should use reference instead of
stubbornly just imagining things.
An attack dog, attacking... something
As usual, I'm too spiked to consider finishing the sketch and instead I just started paining
while at the same time I'm still thinking of what the dog is chasing, where the light is coming from,
how the light plays on the creature (creating shadows), what colors are appropriate...
I kind of like how it's an ongoing process, thinking of new ways to approach certain parts of the painting
as I paint along..but sometimes it's also a pain, not knowing what to do next. Getting stuck halfway.
That's probably what more people run into, I think? Do more people recognize this?
Or is it just me, and I should first develop the sketch more, bring that to a finish before I lay on some paint.
I especially like your cartoon drawings. They are very well stylized with a nice line action.
Realistic work is also done well, but needs some more attention to anatomy.
Overall very nice work, keep posting! cheers
Ivan Turcin: Thanks, and you'r right. My anatomy still is a weakness; that I tend to rush past in the idle hopes that I'll accidentally just get it right.
Sometimes that even happens, but I usually find that I accidentally get it wrong. I should really do some anatomy studies.
I like your tag by the way, very true.
But first, here's a sketch for COW 181 - Beast of Revelations