Finally I get to post something! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been busy with a few projects that I can’t display for the next few months. This is some fan art I did for Ark Survival Evolved. It is definitely my favorite video game of all time so this is way overdue. I’m sure my fellow Ark players can relate to this image, lol. My Argentavis ‘War Bird’ is my longest surviving dino yet so I decided he deserved a spot on here. Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think!
This was a tough commission. I don’t have a lot of experience with robots or machinery, but I always love a challenge. The worst part though was when my tablet crashed when I was almost finished so I had to start over. I was lucky enough to get twice the experience on this one, lol.
This is a cut out from the illustration I’m currently working on. I’m sure you can pretty much guess what is happening in the scene, lol. I should have the entire thing done by tonight, we will see how things go. Enjoy!
Well here it is! It was hard to decide to call it finished, but after staring at it for so long I might just make it worse if I keep messing with it. I made some serious changes to the dragon, he was looking a little goofy. Next time I paint eyes that big, someone speak up! But anyways I hope you all like it, it sure did take forever. Let me know what you think!
Color! Now it’s getting interesting. I’ve added some base tones and some detail in the focal point. The colors tend to change as I go along, warmer and cooler as needed until I feel that its flowing correctly. As you can see I’ve changed the dragons face considerably to make him look more friendly. I still have a ton of work to do, but its beginning to come to life. This is my favorite part of the painting process by far. I will continue to play with the colors and add in all of the details.
At this point I’m happy with the overall composition and feeling. Pulling the grapes hanging in the top left more into the foreground really topped off the composition and keeps the eye from wandering up there. I’ve began to push the details into the focal point, and use mixer brush to blend in the unwanted details along the border of the painting. I still have some cleaning up to do and some smaller details to finish up before adding color. I really try to push myself as far as I can before letting myself add color layers, because it will really save me some time in the long run. I hope this is all making a little sense, I’m new to explaining my process, lol. I’ve always really enjoyed when artists let you into their mind a little bit. I really don’t feel like I’m that interesting but, hey, maybe someone will get a little something out of this. Thanks for reading.
This is a personal project for my portfolio, I wanted to show some of my process and the steps I take during an illustration. After noticing there was a lack of happiness in my work I decided to hold off on the frowning characters and add in a smile, lol. At this point I am happy with the sketch. I blocked out some areas with light and dark tones to show depth, and I’ve started to render in some detail on the dragon. I will continue shaping out the forms until I have a solid foundation to start adding color to, as you will see in my next post.