Hi, I'm Fulgrate, I've been drawing since I was little, but never took art seriously until a year and a half ago.
16 hours in Photoshop using Wacom Intuos3.
Last edited by Black Spot; December 4th, 2012 at 04:49 PM.
Don't use black for shading. Where is your light source?
Lay off the dodge and burn tools. The whole image is very flat at the moment.
Try reffing real animals that resemble your fantasy creature ie: Rhinos, lizards to see
how light plays on the texture of their skin and horns.
I dunno. It has its own funky charm. I'd like to see a whole menagerie in this style.
I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
you have an understanding of how things work, i mean you have the "eye" for the stuff, which means tons of potential. it's just you need to practice and draw on frequent basis. i'd suggest you to sketch and draw from life whenever possible. with serious practice, you can rock the socks off the audience in around a year i guess.
I disagree, sometimes digital is superior for studying. It gets you past that whole 'I am putting pencil to paper actually creating something so I better make sure it is good' block that a lot of people tend to have. That can freeze you up. Quick sketching in something like SBP can be more immediate and there is less commitment to the piece itself since there is no physical medium. While i do sketch in my sketchbook (and any other scrap of paper I can find at work), if I am near my computer, i use the computer. The computer also gives you a quick method of reversing the image without having to use mirrors so that you can spot errors quicker.
Not to mention it's not like the "fear of white paper" doesn't exist with digital medium or that you can't get over it with traditional paper. That's based on your personal mindset, not that digital would be superior for that.
Unless he has one of those creatures sitting around, he is going to have to search for photo reference anyway. My point was, the emphasis should be on the practicing part and not on the medium part. The implication that traditional media is better for practicing simply because it is traditional media is BS.
The temptation to leap in and do a full painting with traditional media is there as well. Of course the whole thing is a mind game you play with yourself. For some digital is better for others pencil and paper is.
When I draw with paper and pencil, I get my sketchbook out and start (sometimes I look for a reference first, and then start) When doing digital drawings for the first few times, I spend hours trying to figure out the program, playing around with brushes/tools/settings/filters and so on, without drawing a single thing. Tried to do speedpaintings, but wasted the entire day on getting "proper" brushes. Using a pencil is also much more natural (thus easier at first) than a tablet, which takes a while to get used to.
Traditional media is in the beginning definitely better for practicing, as there are no distractions, and you can focus purely on getting a good drawing. Once you can draw the basics, you can start playing around with digital and it becomes more of a personal thing which is better for studying. I'd say to do a mix of both (:
Hello again, thank you very much for the feedback and critiques. I want to mention, that before moving towards digital painting, I was solely a black and white artist when I got the tablet, for example, these Bug warriors lineart, or beastish villains.
Yeah, I should use references. I've only done so in art classes when we would paint or sketch still life. On my own, I was using a method called "drawing from memory". Where I look at something and try to memorize it, then draw it on any medium a substantial amount of time later, anywhere from hours to days later. I did so thinking it would improve my ability to mentally visualize and retain imagery when drawing. For the dragon, I used knowledge I had of animal skin that I got from looking through zoological books at the library a while back. And also some recent real life knowledge as after college classes, I would sometimes visit some wild turtles in the nearby lake and they would literally get in my face, so I think that might have been a factor leading to this digital painting.
The actual method for digitally painting this piece was to use 3 of the brushes from the first row, layers with varying opacities, and layer masks. Outside of brushes, only other tool I used was the color replacement and smudge in a few a places. It looks like I accidentally reached the same effect as dodge and burn with layer opacities. In more recent works, I start using textured brushes.
albino dragon holding a knights head which remained unfinished and a Lady Butterfly which is also unfinished. I knew I was doing something wrong while working on them so I decided I would get back to them later when I got more knowledge.
Dragon Warrior later named the Greater Robust Dragon. I technically just enlarged the line art of the head to a high resolution, and painted over it with layers of colors using masks. The original concept image itself with lineart and plain colors took 2 hours.
For comparision, other dragon concepts I have, The Fighting Dragon, The Gold Dragon, and a Wind Dragon, the last two inspired by the asian legend of 4 beasts guarding a gold dragon.
Used in conjunction with paths to make speedlines.
I appreciate all the feedback, and I will try to improve using said feedback.
If anybody wants to see some samples of my inks and sketches that I have, I'll link some below:
Here is several pieces put on the same page for comparison, drawn from the mind. The are all ideas from trying to come up with an epic story with an interesting cast. On the extreme left, is when I was planning to tell the story in a very toonish style, while everything to the right of that is when I was trying to make my style more serious and fitting for something epic.
An example of a black and white comic page: The main character being some kind of knight.
You notice that nobody is saying "buy an airbrush set with a dozen nozzles and use that to learn". Because that would be the same problem -- your tool getting in the way of your learning.
Thank you all for your responses, I have read each and everyone's message and have taken them into account and will use this knowledge for further development and improvement.
Also, in regards to digital vs traditional, I am neutral on the subject in terms of which is overall "better", but I think digital is faster in terms of line speed once you get use to it. It took me several months of doing digital ink drawings before my speed was faster than with pencil on paper. Paper has a few advantages to it as well such as its mobility in terms of where and when to draw and immediacy.
Heres an example of a digital ink I did a few months: http://i.imgur.com/MdiKM.png