I am so glad that I picked up that bottle of Sumi-e ink and broke the watercolors back out because I am having a lot of fun with them. Like Dragon Hatchling, this is another sketch that I made back in February, one of my favorites in fact that I never inked, until now.
As much as I love my fountain pens and inks, there is so much more control with brushes. I can vary line width with ease, even omit lines altogether by washing an area. Add water to decrease opacity. How was it that I never did this before?
The Night sky is dark and the land is filed with shadows, but there is a shadow darker than the rest that lurks and feeds on mere humans.
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Like Dragon’s Return this painting is from another sketch that I made back in February.
This one is of a baby dragon hatchling that has just emerged from her shell, soon to wreck havoc and destruction upon the world. For now, so cute.
Had the fortune to find Mary Doodles a while ago on G+ and watched a number of her wonderful timelapse paintings. Then life happened and her channel faded away from the conscious part of my mind. Recently I came across Time Bomb and another beautiful art video by Mary Doodles.
I love my fountain pen, but have been fascinated by the way she uses a liner brush with ink. So I went out and got me a bottle of Sumi-e ink and a liner brush. I broke out one of my sketches that I made back in February for my Challenge. It is a Challenge that I may not have been keeping up with completely, though I have been generating a ton of art, so I am not beating myself up over it.
In any case, I broke out the Sumi-e ink and some watercolors and started working and this wonderful dragon painting is what I came up with. I’ve got a number of other dragon sketches that I brought out with it and have been working on as well.
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Time Bomb by Mary Doodles
February was an incredible month, breaking in to watercolors and painting dragons. Going digital and learning and trying new stuff. It was also a month of failure. I month that I only completed 7 of my planned thirteen paintings. But I am not going to let that get me down as I explained in the post for one of my sketches.
In the end February opened up many opportunities and gives me a chance to redeem myself. A time to go back and complete somethings that I should have completed in the past. A time to break down walls and smash through blocks. I time of Spring cleaning. For that reason I am making the theme for March completion of projects that are left unfinished.
Here are links to my paintings for February
- Dragon on a Hill
- Spider Eel Dragon
- Rainbow Dragon
- Griffon Dragon
- Flying Pig Dragon
- Two Headed Dragon
Sailin – Complete
I finished up my seventh dragon of the month and do you know what? He is not a watercolor painting. Not even a little bit of watercolors in this image. In fact I kinda splurged on my art supplies this past week and went out and bought myself a new workspace. This new workspace is complete with drawing tablet and a fresh new copy of Corel Painter 12.
My Digital Workspace
A couple nights ago I got nervous about getting all of my dragons completed this month. That is I realized that we are halfway through February and even though I have six of thirteen dragons painted, life and work are demanding more and more of my time and energy. So I took a few hours that night and sketched out my final seven dragons for the month. Earlier in the week I had decided to give digital artwork a try and went ahead and ordered up a Wacom Bamboo Create for myself after reading some reviews online. The tablet is modestly priced for it’s size and features and seemed well liked even by professional digital artists. This arrived the next day and I scanned in my sketches and started playing with the first one in Corel Painter.
Corel Painter is kinda overwhelming, but they do a good job of associating the digital tools with analogous traditional tools. So I started try a few of these and ended up really liking the watercolor wash and art marker tools. There are literally hundreds of other options available, but I will get to them as I continue to use the program.
Sailin in progress 1
This particular digital painting took quite a number of hours, so if I was looking to decrease my overall time commitment to the Burning Thirteen in 2013 project, I am not so sure that I helped myself. However, it is a new and exciting tool and I am enjoying playing with it.
Sailin in progress 2
I hope to improve my proficiency with it and make many more cool digital paintings in the future.
I really like this guy. I took a pretty big leap from where I was with my previous watercolor dragon. Instead of going really big on the detail in pen and ink, I left the inking to the basic outlines of the shapes. Then I went in and used watercolors to provide the details in a series of washes and dry on dry layers. While he isn’t perfect, I think that he is a big step towards where I would like to be with my watercolor painting.
Flying Pig Dragon
I got the idea for this guy while watching Grimm on Hulu. A Geico add came on where a pig is on an airplane and the joke was a variation of “when pigs fly”. I went ahead and ran with the flying pig theme with this dragon and here is my final result in 5″ x 7″ watercolor.
This time I didn’t go back to touch up with pencils and I think that was due in part to me switching the watercolors that I was using to Windsor and Newton. The quality of these is much better providing brighter colors and avoiding much of the milky grey that I was experiencing with the previous paints that I was using.
I am not exactly sure what a Griffon Dragon is, a Griffon and a Dragon are their own separate mythological creatures. Perhaps you can ask a cryptozoologist about it. What I did here is took the idea of a griffon, that is a lion and eagle type creature and added dragon like scales and wings to it to create my very own creature. Again this is 5″ x 7″ watercolor. I hit up some of the spaces between the scales with a blue Prismacolor pencil to really bring out the yellows and browns.
I really do like this one. He looks as if he is flying through the skies while keeping everyone away. This is one creature I would not want to mess with.
Here is my 3rd watercolor dragon for February. The idea behind it was a diving dragon with long flowing tassely feather like multi-colored things. Like a Phoenix or a Feathered Serpent. I ended up having to go in and clean it up some with some Prismacolor pencils because the colors were either clashing or blending into dull colors.
In the end it turned out alright, but it didn’t really live up to the idea that I had for it originally.
Spider Eel Dragon
I have some catch up to do here again on my blog. If you find me on Google+ you will see my most recent dragons, sometimes before I post them here.
This particular dragon is a sort of a mix of creatures in coloring, features and personality. I started with some sketches where this guy was more crocodile like. Then the head gained more eyes and it turned into a sort of spider based creature. Well it is after all a dragon and so I wound an eel like tail behind him. For coloring, he ended up looking some what like a koi. I think that my biggest fear when making this guy is that he would end up looking like Arthur from the Tick. I looked down while making him and saw him very Arthur like. Hopefully he isn’t, or I will have to add moth (or butterfly) hero to the list of adjectives to describe him.