At the moment I’m having a look at techniques in digital painting. I found a good tutorial here: The Quiver Tree. So today I had a go at using this technique.
Last night I was reading ‘Game of Thrones’ by George R. R. Martin (which I am really enjoying.) I like the way each house has an animal, a colour and some words. I love the cold, I love wild country and I like the decency and truthfulness of the Starks of Winterfell. So I guess if I lived in that world I would be happiest among the Stark family with the words ‘Winter Is Coming’ and the Direwolf for my flag and the colours white and blue/grey, even if I was one of their servants (I would most like to be a Magister and practice learning and healing). Anyway, after reading all of that, I remembered that I needed a sketch for this digital painting so I scribbled one down in pencil and then made some changes in black biro….
This is the sketch after I’ve photgraphed it and uploaded it to my PC. It is of a wolf on the side of a hill and represents how O feel about the Stark family from Game of Thrones. (I had a bit of trouble with the sketch because after I’d drawn it (loosley using a picture from online) I realised that the photo I was looking at was of an Alaskan Malamute, which is a beautiful dog and closely related to a wolf but, as far as I know, not a true wolf. So I looked at a true wolf and altered my sketch a bit.
My next job, acording to the tutorial I was following, was to block in all the main areas. Which ended up looking like this:
As I began to move on from this and put in my background with more detail I found that it was very difficult because I kept running up against foreground items and my strokes were quite broken. So I scrapped this approach and decided to paint digitally as if I were using acrylics and letting them dry between layers.
So first I did the base background colour:
Then I worked on my wolf:
This is my final painting (click to see a bigger version). While little wolfy here is OK the thing I’m really pleased with is the background which didn’t take too long and would make a decent background for some comic-book foreground adventures.
The whole thing took about 2 hours from loading the sketch into Manga Studio to putting a border around the picture.
Since this is a picture of a wolf and I know she loves all animals, I want to dedicate this one to my friend Christine who has just come out of hospital and is recovering at home. xxx 🙂
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