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 is not what my daughter had in mind when she asked me to paint the little mermaid. Couldn’t help myself, 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!
Still pushing through the details. Most of the work I have left to do is around the border of the image, mainly in the top left corner. It’s better to save the fun details until last but I couldn’t help myself, I went ahead and detailed most of the focal point. Now I’m stuck finishing the boring parts, lol. But I’m happy with how the character is turning out so far. The next post will be the finished image, wish me luck!
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.