Dragon speedpainting digital painting tutorial. This tutorial shows you how to create a dragon creature design in coastal scene. This tutorial shows you from drawing step to rough semi-finished concept art. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.
In this tutorial I start with a rough idea of a dragon hovering above the sea shore. First, I use lasso tool to create coastal rock, water and the mountain range in the far back. Then I draw the shape of the dragon using flat brush. Then I paint inside the silhouette with texture brushes to creature light source and textures. I add some spikes on his back and fire ball in his mouth. At this point, I am only concern with shapes and lighting. After that I paint rough character in front of the dragon standing on the rock. Once I have my scene fully composed. Then I add some more glow onto the fire and some particle dusk and fog to the bottom half of the dragon to create some depth of field. At this stage, I only focus on big shapes, lightning and base to get the overall look and feel of the scene first. After all the elements and composition is set with good lighting then we can start doing a bit more detail.

dragon digital painting tutorial

dragon digital painting tutorial

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You have to first take care of the big shape then you can think about adding design and little detail.
I use a lot of normal layer and just paint like I would paint traditionally in this video. But with a lot of help from custom brushes. Hopefully this can be really helpful to you all.

Again I usually start my image from shapes and build those shape up along with composition in mind. The lighting and value.
Tips on speedpainting. Keep it simple first and make your image clear and easy to read or identify.

Things you should focus on primarily.
1) Shapes and composition
2) Depth of field
3) Overall Design and look.

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Dragon speedpainting digital painting tutorial

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- Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Business Inquiry please e-mail me.