Magickal Fowl

Long time, no post! I’ve been so preoccupied with school, I haven’t had much time for art-related blogging.

After over a year of no polished digital art, I’m making my comeback wiiiiiith…

Wizard chicken!

Here’s the initial sketch, which I was originally just going to use as a design concept for a more dynamically posed painting…wizchicken_wip1

…but then I got pretty invested in what I was drawing and ended up with some nice (although undersized compared to the resolution I’d usually work at) lineart. Woo!wizchicken_wip2

Base colours determining the light source and such!
wizchicken_wip3

Adding more colour, strengthening the highlights and shadows.wizchicken_wip4

More of the same process, adding some feather details and such.wizchicken_wip5

ALMOST DONE. There’s a background now! Woo! And magical energy stuff and more splatter texture abuse!wizchicken_wip6

And after being indecisive and playing around with colour adjustments, I finally ended up with this! Yay colours!wizchicken

So yes. I’m hoping to improve my use of colour and understanding of light/shadow. If things go well, I’ll find the time and inspiration to do more than one piece of art each year! It was pretty fun to work on and a nice break from animating.

I have actually done a lot of sketching during the last year at least, just not a lot of coloured work.

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Get Your Own Complete

I never wrote a blog entry for the completed image! I finished it last December, so I can’t remember what I might’ve wanted to write about. Here it is anyway!

As much as I loved those rocks to the right and put so much effort into them, that whole right-side chunk of the image really doesn’t add anything compositionally…! As always though, the image was a huge learning experience!

Get Your Own WIP V

Original: 8th Dec, 2011

It’s been a while since I worked on this, but I’d like to get it done, so I spent a bit of time on it last night!

I was originally trying to draw out basically every individual blade of grass, but ugh, that’s not really a great idea. Grass doesn’t need to be drawn in so much detail when it’s not even what the piece is about. I shouldn’t have spent so much time refining the rocks either since, again, the piece isn’t about the rocks or the grass, it’s about the general autumn mood and temperature and the characters’ interactions.

So I grabbed a texturey brush I made and scribbled grassy colours all over the already grass-coloured areas, drew some individual grass blades here and there to make it look a bit more uh… grassy. I went over areas with the same textured brush to add fallen leaf colours and went over THAT that with some leaf-coloured blobs of paint. Yay.

Get Your Own WIP V

Original: 8th Dec, 2011

It’s been a while since I worked on this, but I’d like to get it done, so I spent a bit of time on it last night!

I was originally trying to draw out basically every individual blade of grass, but ugh, that’s not really a great idea. Grass doesn’t need to be drawn in so much detail when it’s not even what the piece is about. I shouldn’t have spent so much time refining the rocks either since, again, the piece isn’t about the rocks or the grass, it’s about the general autumn mood and temperature and the characters’ interactions.

So I grabbed a texturey brush I made and scribbled grassy colours all over the already grass-coloured areas, drew some individual grass blades here and there to make it look a bit more uh… grassy. I went over areas with the same textured brush to add fallen leaf colours and went over THAT that with some leaf-coloured blobs of paint. Yay.

Get Your Own WIP IV

Original: 12th Nov, 2011

I don’t think I’ve worked on this since the day I last posted about it! But I got back to it tonight and started refining rocks.

So very many rocks, indeed. But actually, they’ve been sort of fun to work on. I’m not sure how much I’m looking forward to the grass, though I’ll have to remind myself to try not to make it just *grass*. It should be grass and leaves and twigs and all manner of foresty floor things. Y’know.

I’ve worked on the dragon and the girl a bit, though they’ve still got a long way to go. I’m finding it more entertaining to work on background elements at the moment. I made the decision to thin out the leaves of the trees since it’s autumn and they’d be missing a lot of leaves anyway. Actually, I never uploaded a screenshot of the version where that was a problem, so you wouldn’t know. The excessive amount of bright orangey yellow was bothering me and that seemed like a good way to solve that problem, so two birds with one stone, I suppose!

Get Your Own WIP III

Original: 8th Nov, 2011

Edit:
Here’s an update of work done over the last few hours.

I need to find a better way to draw foliage because I’m not entirely satisfied with what I’ve got currently…! We’ll see what I can do though.

Some more progress!

Working out tree details and making the landscape a little less uh… vague. I’m not really happy with what’s going on with the land around that little stream, so I’ll be changing that.

Get Your Own WIP II

Original: 6th Nov, 2011

I’ve been working on that ‘Get Your Own’ image some more!

I adjusted the girl’s pose and gave her some clothes. I’m not entirely sure I’ll be keeping her current clothing colours, so that may change in the future. I changed the dragon’s head position and expression. This time, I was going for a sort of ‘eager dopey dog wants your food’ type of look.

And, of course, I added base colours to give myself and others an idea of where I was going with the look of the environment.