Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? I know I am! =^w^=
Welcome back to the third installment of Art from the Archives! Today’s picture is the companion to last week’s post. It’s the Great Fire Dragon!
Just like Blue Mountain Dragon, Great Fire Dragon looks better in print than on my monitor. It’s a mystery~
The process was much the same for this photo. I started from a sketch, but skipped clean inks and went straight to blocking out colors and layering complementary shades. The glowing blue light from the orb was a little more difficult to do – deciding where the light would probably be reflected took a while. I should have added more lighting from the fires surrounding him, too.
Great Fire Dragon is the second and currently the last in the Elemental Dragons series. I also planned to do an Earth dragon, a Water dragon, and a Air/Wind dragon, and maybe one day soon I’ll get back into it. Goodness knows that these two were among the most fun I’ve ever painted. 😀
Don’t forget, next Friday is the last Art from the Archives installment for now! Check back then to see what else I found! Though I can give you a hint – it’s not a dragon, unfortunately. 😉
Hello and welcome back to Art from the Archives! Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite pieces that I made, oh, about five years ago, I think? Simply titled Blue Mountain Dragon, it took about 8-10 hours to complete and was the first in a planned series of elemental/nature dragons:
This picture (and the one I’ll post next week) actually looks better in print than on my monitor. I don’t know why? I feel like it’s usually the other way around, but eh! I’ll take it. 😄
The process for Blue Mountain Dragon was the complete opposite of structured. I was really only just getting into digital painting and used it as an opportunity to try whatever I wanted. I blocked in the dragon first, then used complementary blues, purples, and greens on various opacity settings to get that translucent, flowy look. The setting, sky, and moon were all done afterwards. As solid objects, it was hard to achieve that same layered look and still make them relatively realistic.
I’m really happy with how it turned out, considering my skill level at the time. So if I ever re-do this picture, it will probably be more of a touch-up than a from-scratch deal. I’m actually looking forward to it, but gotta finish the Gemstone series first~!
Don’t forget to check back next Friday for the third Art from the Archives post!
Hello hello and welcome to the first in my series that I’ve suddenly decided to call, “Art from the Archives!” Basically, old art that I recently found again. Most of it’s never been posted anywhere, and only seen by my family and friends. . . because back when I drew them, I was not posting regularly. . . .
AHEM. Anyhoot, the first piece I’d like to share with y’all is titled Angel. It features Cloud’s OC Alicia from the Tales From New Bruntum role-play. It’s one of the few pieces of art I made for that project before it went on hiatus, and I think the only finished one. The style is very different from my current style, no?
As it’s been a few years since I drew Angel, there are naturally things I’d do different now: more delicate lines, update the style, correct the perspective. . . . The one thing I’m very happy with is the color scheme! I think the soft tones and gentle shading convey the mood very well. =^__^=
I hope you enjoyed this look into the archives! Tune in next Friday, when I reveal another piece! 😄
Day 13’s theme is Tiger Eye. I intended to stop after doing the sketch, but I was having so much fun that I kept going until I finished the flats! I had fun painting the tiger eye pendant and trying to capture the way the colored bands seem to glow within the gem.
Don’t forget to check out the Gemstone Streak Club page! There are a ton of creative submissions – over 70, last I checked – and everyone is doing such a wonderful job.
See you all later tonight for the final theme, Onyx!
Today’s concept comes courtesy of my mother, who suggested I do animals with eyes like glowing opals. (Thank you, Mom!) Here we have a cat, a fox, and a mouse sitting together at dusk, their eyes glowing in the low light.
This piece took me about five hours from start to finish, and it’s the first colored piece I’ve completed in about a week. It’s actually a crop of the full piece; I wanted to really feature their eyes. I’m pretty happy with it! (Though I’m sure tomorrow I’ll think of things I want to change. . . .) I’m glad I was able to try something a little different!
Now it’s really late and I’m ready for bed! See you tomorrow for Topaz~
EDIT: I forgot to mention this, oops! Today I used custom Fur Brushes by Lhuin on dA. They were free and very cool! Even though they’re Photoshop brushes, they work in GIMP too; just put them in the Brushes folder like other GIMP brushes (here’s the article that taught me how to do this). Thank you, Lhuin!
Today’s theme was Peridot! Up until now, I’ve seen each day’s gemstone at least once in-person, but peridot is the first that I don’t think I’ve seen before. When I looked it up, the cheerful green reminded me of clover flowers, so today we have peridot-colored clover!
I was able to take this piece a bit further than the last three and begin flatting. I was happy with her hand when I drew it, but now something seems a little off. . . hm. . . I may have to redraw it. 😦 Despite that, overall I’m happy with this piece. It was a bit of a struggle for such a simple composition, but of course the most important thing is that I sat down and drew it, no?
Today I took a bit of a breather and decided to do a study rather than a full painting. Diamonds are fairly reflective, and they fragment the light – that gives them that sparkly effect ✧ – so I had a bit of trouble even with this, haha. My first few tries were too. . . hmm. . . busy, so I simplified it to get this style!
I’ve had some questions about the program I use, so I’ll mention it here. All of my recent digital pieces are done in GIMP, though I usually do the sketch by hand. I know it seems like most artists prefer Photoshop or Paint Tool SAI, but I find that GIMP works for me!