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Discussion Trying to do a Seraphon Illustration

Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Lherad, Jan 2, 2018.

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Which sketch you think works best as a cover illustration?

Poll closed Jan 9, 2018.
  1. Sketch 1

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. Sketch 2

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    9.1%
  3. Sketch 3

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  4. Sketch 4

    7 vote(s)
    63.6%
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  1. Aginor
    OldBlood

    Aginor Well-Known Member

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  2. NIGHTBRINGER
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    NIGHTBRINGER Second Spawning

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    That is some mighty fine work!
     
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  3. Lherad
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    Lherad Active Member

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    Welp, it's been a while! Not having much time to paint (neither this or my Seraphon, sadly), but progressing somewhat slowly with it. I would love to have it finished by now, because I am starting to feel a bit anxious about the amount of work that it's left to do. But oh well, I'll keep hacking at it until it is finished... After saying that, I'm pretty happy about how it is going.

    Let me know what you guys think, and thank you all for your comments!
    Cheers!

    cover_color6.jpg

    A super resolution crop of the finished areas:

    crop4.jpg

    And I could not resist doing this =P

    cover_funtry.jpg
     
  4. n810
    Slann

    n810 First Spawning

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    :shifty: - - - :photogenic:
    :facepalm: - - - :artist:
    :bag: - - - :artist:
     
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  5. ravagekitteh
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    ravagekitteh Well-Known Member

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  6. Aginor
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  7. Teheloqtec
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    Teheloqtec Active Member

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    You are a very accomplished illustrator, I just love your work! Thank you for sharing. My only criticism would be the upper front row of teeth, they seem to be a little too close together, but other than that this is pure awesome!!!
     
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  8. Zeetherak
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    WoW...

    I wish I had time to get back at my Lizardmen sketches..
     
  9. Warden
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    Now that is a book cover.

    Amazing work! :artist:
     
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  10. Crowsfoot
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    Crowsfoot Guardian of Paints Staff Member

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  11. Ritual
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    The gold shoulder armour is really coming together, I like it a lot.
     
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  12. Scalenex
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    Scalenex Keeper of the Indexes Staff Member

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    Picture is too blurry or maybe my eyes just tear up with delight whenever I look at that picture.
     
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  13. Aginor
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    There is something I really hate about that picture:

    ....it wasn't painted by me.
     
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  14. Koriialstraz
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    Your work is amazing mate !
    What tools do you use?
    Can you explain me a little the different steps you did ?
    I would like to start doing some stuffs like this, do you have any tips for a really really beginner ?
    I wish that I can make something half as good as your work. :p
     
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  15. Lherad
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    @Koriialstraz I use Photoshop and a graphic tablet (a Wacom Intuos Pro as of now).
    Well, I use to sketch some rough ideas abour composition and shapes first, then do a "clean line" pass (which is never too clean and I always end up changing, but it's good as a base to work from); then i pick a colour palette that I like and I think suits the scene and its mood and paint in the different elements in the scene. I usually work keeping the background and the characters/different elements separately, as it's easier to work on each that way. Then I go on about light and shadow passes and also adding detail into the places where its relevant. For example, face/chest, weapons, etc... I will dedicate a lot less time to areas I don't want the spectator to look too much into, as the eye is drawn to detail.

    I could go on and on about my process, but I think that's mostly it. If you have any question feel free to ask me =).
    As for tips, draw. As much as you can. Some people think that you are either born with "the gift" or not, but I firmly believe that good practice makes perfect, and that you only need the will to keep at it! That said, it's always a learning process, so it can be a bit frustrating. I suggest drawing and studying the bases (anatomy, perspective, etc...) first.

    It's nearing its end! Some more work to do on the warriors and guards behind the saurus, and maybe some adjustments after that, but not much more.

    Lemme now what you think!

    Cheers!
    cover_color8.jpg
     
  16. n810
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    n810 First Spawning

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  17. NIGHTBRINGER
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    Like most things in life, it is a combination of a nature and nurture. To create something as spectacular as you just have requires both an immense amount of practice and an innate natural born gift. If you didn't put in the hard work required to improve your craft, you would not be able to produce such a spectacular picture, but by the same token, a "regular" person could practice twice as much as you have and still never even hope to achieve half the effect. Innate skill dictates your maximal potential, while hard work and practice determine how much of that maximal potential you eventually achieve.


    In any event, great work!
     
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  18. Koriialstraz
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    @Lherad . Thanks a lot for your answer !
    And your work is truly amazing !
     
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  20. Lherad
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    Well, finally it's done. Or at least, I'm calling it done. I'm pretty happy with it, learned a lot!

    If you have any final comments, I'll be happy to read them all and make changes if necessary.
    Thank you all for your help along the way =)

    Cover_web.jpg


    Cheers!!

    PS @Crowsfoot, lemme know how you want me to send you a copy of it =).
     

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