Fantasy worlds are my most favourite to paint and the characters within them are so much fun to create.
After sketching my dragon, I really wanted to draw another one. I didn’t want it to be just a dragon though since I wanted to test myself to see how much creative knowledge I still have after the long hiatus or little to no art at all for 6 years. Drawing people has always been a bit nemesis for me ionmy creative journey. I’ll write more on this in a future post and show you just what I mean but, for now, I decided to sketch a dragon dancer with a Chinese dragon-inspired dragon – yes, there are too many dragons in the sentence but, let’s ignore that and carry on.
The line work for this piece is available in my Etsy shop as a colouring page. Go check it out and colour it in for yourself!
Pencil and Lined Sketch
This time I began my illustration traditionally with a pencil and paper; strange for a digital artist! I started sketching a load of gesture drawings using a Senshi Stock. Her poses are fantastic and best of all, they are free with an opportunity to buy other poses but I find her free ones a great resource for now.
After almost giving up and 5 or 6 messy gesture drawings, I chose 2 poses and made up the middle ground myself. All this in 20 minutes of drawing!
I’m glad I kept going, I’ve overcome a previous issue I had 6 years ago and part of the reason I took a long break from art.
After sketching my image, I did line it with Sakura Micron ink liners before digitally sketched over it. The reason for this wasn’t anything to do with actually turning my image digital, it was for my original artwork to then be coloured traditionally for my wall.
I love the digital lining part, previously I hated it as my lines were always wonky and never went the way I wanted them to. Now though, I have learnt to accept it and move on – taking a ‘finished, not perfect’ mentality.
The image here is a sample of the linework that can be purchased from my shop to support me in my journey as I’m learning to become a better artist.
I had no idea what colour to paint my dancer and dragon! In the past, the colours just jumped out at me but this time, nothing. Before the final colour choices here, I went through others trying to remember what I’d learnt in the past about the colour wheel.
After all the confusion, it has become quite clear that I need to study the colour wheel again, or just stick mine back on the wall, so I will most likely be writing a post on that in the near future as both a quick guide to you and a reminder to myself of all the lessons learned previously.
Simple and Detailed Shading
This piece is much different from my usual style of digital painting so painting detailed shadows and light didn’t seem appropriate for it. I chose a colour similar to the base colour and set the layers to soft light.
To tone down the colour a bit I used simple shading before going in with the more detailed shading.
This style of art is quite new to me since I don’t usually keep the line work and my characters usually morph as I get further into the painting. The shading “technique”(if you could call it that) was much different as well since I started with a flat shadow and built up from there. Whilst shading, I went with the flow and motion of the clothes of the dancer and the scales and fur of the dragon as best as I could and used a lot of gaussian blur to smooth the skin texture.
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