Dragon tamer digital painting tutorial. This video tutorial shows you how to draw and paint a dragon tamer. This tutorial shows you from drawing step to rough semi-finished painting. In this tutorial, I start with a rough idea of a duel between flame throwing creatures. But eventually, two dragons and a dragon tamer emerge as final painting. Most of the time, the contexts is less important to me as long as I maintain the composition. Minor detail or characters can change, but not the core of the painting. You can scroll down further to see step by step images with instruction.

dragon tamer digital painting tutorial

dragon tamer digital painting tutorial


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First, I use the lasso tool to create a back wall, columns, and boulders. Then I add vertical lines on the wall using texture brushes. The vertical lines are there to show the sense of scale. Then I paint a silhouette of a big creature with flat brush in the foreground. Then I use texture brushes to creature light source, forms and textures on it. I add wings and some spikes on its back. At this point, I am only concern with shapes and lighting. After that, I paint a rough character facing the creature in front of the wall. Once I have my idea fully composed. I add some glowing fire on the dragon’s face. Then add some fog in between the mid section 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.

Below is step by step painting dragon tamer process.

dragon tamer digital painting process

dragon tamer digital painting process

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Dragon tamer 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.