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After working on Rylee's adventure for a while, I decided that that was enough for one night and started doodling. I then proceeded to sit there for three more hours and paint this guy. I hardly ever spend that much time working on a piece in a single sitting; usually I get ancy and have to go do something else. This one, however, remained fun and interesting throughout, and went smoothly from the first gesture line of the sketch to the last dab of pixels. I could use paintings like this more often! Still a little rough in spots. I'll tighten up a few areas, add some texture overlays, and colorize it tomorrow.
As far as techniques go, this one was influenced by some photos I saw of some creature demos done at the New Zealand workshop, as well as the work of Rich Doble. As for the creature itself, its a predatory alien descended from insect-like ancestors, which over millions of years evolved an internal skeleton and other vertebrate-like adaptations. The the bump with three dots is its eyes, and the hole in front of that is its nostril/heat sensor pit. The bristles on its back detect vibrations in the air, while its padded feet detect vibrations in the ground. The teeth at the ends of its jointed jaws are long, for grasping prey, while the teeth further back slice prey into edible chunks. Its claws help it hold onto prey, climb, etc. It really doesn't have toes, just tough, sensitive pads.
Worked a bit more on this guy. The fun thing about drawing these aliens is that I don't have to be accurate with the muscles, since they aren't from Earth. All I have to do is make them look muscley and not outrageously implausible.
Rylee's adventure is coming along as well. I'm actually getting a decent sense of light and color now. Now I just have to render! Obviously, I drastically changed the composition, first making Rylee and Carmine (the dog) face the same direction, so that they weren't pulling the composition in separate directions, and I added some more interesting tree shapes in the background. That was working better, but the space was still too big and empty, so I zoomed in on girl and dog and brought the trees, ferns, and logs in a bit closer. I'm liking the composition much better now, for its own sake and also because it's not so vast and intimidating for me to paint now! I also added some mushrooms and glowing butterflies for some magic. Mushrooms, butterflies, fairies, and dandelions are repeating elements in the pictures I do for my cousin.