Space! I had this great dream the other night, and this visual scene really stood out in my memory, so I said to myself, "what the hell, I'll try to recreate it." I call it "Departure" because it was a departure from my normal fantasy themes. Yeah, I'm bad with titles. :P
Sooo, I've been teaching myself Photoshop over the past year or so, like reeeeally immersing myself in tutorials, reading, magazines, demos, practice, etc. etc., and I've been learning a little something everyday... sifting through what applies to me as a painter, and the stuff that is just... fluff. BUT... today I had a minor epiphany of sorts... that "Ah-Ha" moment (no silly, not the band)... something just clicked, and I felt like I made a huge leap in my understanding of how things work in PS in relation to how I know they work in traditional painting (but simplified as digital-ness goes). Any who, long story, slightly shorter... here's the result. I think he turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself! Plus, he's a dragon! My favorite subject to draw and/or paint. :)
Oh, I'll post the colored versions of this guy as soon as they're done.
How about some Death Dealer action? Yes? Yes. In the pic above, I've made a side-by-side of the original "Death Dealer" by Mr. Frank Frazetta (left) next to my humble start to a Master study (right). If you're saying to yourself... doesn't the "Death Dealer" have more above and below the characters? The answer is: Yes. I've cropped the image somewhat on the top and the bottom to put more focus on the characters, and to just switch it up a bit. If you're wondering what the heck that thing is on the top center of my study, it's just part of my easel.
Soooo, it's a WIP (Work In Progress) that I'm doing for the practice and fun of it.
My study -- Oil on board, 11" x 14"
I'm using the indirect method of painting here, where I basically start by laying everything out in a tonal image (Frank often used this method with his paintings). After the tonal underpainting is done, I will start applying glazes of color, and lastly I'll finish up with some opacity here and there for some added final touches.
I've actually done more work on this since this pic was taken, and I *promise* to post an update of it soon. ;)
Jon Schindehette of ArtOrder announced earlier this month that he was looking for a new illustrated version of the little dragon in the logo (seen here on the left). The image on the right is the illustration I came up with.
It was drawn with graphite, then inked, and finally watercolored. After that, I scanned it into a computer so that I could add the "ArtOrder" bubble digitally, as well as make a few final adjustments to the image.