|Thumbnail. I hit on the idea quickly enough. |
There were some other ones I liked but this was the main thumbnail from which I worked.
|Digital Rough. The little rabbit did not make the final cut. |
He did show up in another piece in my Lyrebird collection though.
|Something was bothering me about the girl looking off and I wanted her to engage us a bit more. |
That, and the rhythm of the dragon's body felt more natural to my eyes flipped.
After settling on the rough, I gathered research and shot reference photos.
|Drawing. The first pass, an under-drawing.|
|The second stage. This is probably my favorite step.|
|At last, the finished drawing.|
|Just look at this weirdo, detail.|
|Digital painting. |
Drawing scanned and ready to go. I like to block out all my shapes.
|Then I take all my main elements and make sure they're layered. |
Easier to tinker with later on.
|For this piece I really didn't have a specific palette in mind, just started playing.|
I'll often do a separate watercolor to preserve the original drawing, as I did here for the background.
Working digitally affords me that luxury.
|After some time I hit on something I liked though it wasn't quite there yet.|
|The next step.|
|It took pushing the values more before I started to become satisfied.|
Lightening the sky and darkening my figures just a touch did the trick for my eye and arrived at mood I really liked.