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Finnhorse progress



I decided I really ought to add some horse power to my portfolio, since I’ve spend such a long time studying them, but currently had nothing to show for it. This was also a convenient excuse to give digital pencils a try, and to see if I could get traditional looking results with them.


The initial drawing. I knew I was not quite happy with the head, but knew I’d better catch an expression I liked in paint then with line, so I didn’t worry about it too much at this stage.


Initial values laid out with a broad brush.


Threw a gradient map filter on top of the black and white to get a ground of color.


Color worked in. lots of lots of small strokes with digital pencils. Time consuming but strangely satisfying. I was actually really happy with this version, but alas I had decided to paint a finnhorse, and the coloring was just too yellow to pass off as a breed color, even with artistic license. The horse is a bit elegant for a finnhorse too, but since there’s so much variance in the breed between the different uses, I felt I could pass that off better. I do love palominos though!


Did another gradient map to adjust color, and worked on the color until I was happy with it. Added fine detail. Fine tuned background from this to reach the final image.


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Monster Medley Progress

Here is some progress from my most recent piece. I felt this time the workflow was pretty smooth overall. I think I learned a lot from the dragonrider piece progress-wise, and actually managed to implement what I learned.

I started by spending an ungodly amount of time going through ideas until I finally landed on something I liked. But time really did pay off, because after that progress was surprisingly smooth.

First I took in my thumbnail sketch and tried out basic lightning and values on it, to make sure it was all going to work and I knew where I was going. After that I dutifully printed it out and started drawing on top of the sketch through my light table to get the “final” drawing. Mainly I forced myself to actually decide what kind of details the buildings were going to have, so I wouldn’t spend ages noodling those out in paint. I still left the figure part of the drawing open, with the excuse that I couldn’t get any detail in anyway since it was so small on my paper.

I then started pushing around color until I arrived at lightning and colors that felt good, and started working on the details. Overall no huge roadblocks there. The figures were a bit of a problem though, and I eventually decided I just couldn’t get a readable silhouette out of two overlapping figures at such a small size, so I nixed the less important figure. Naturally that was the figure I liked more, so it had to go.

I had great fun doing the flames, and was really pleased how easily they came out with a good drawing to use as a guide.

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