The second of my entries for ArtOrders Tiny Dragon contest! They added a Not So Tiny Dragons category, and this was what came to me – a tiny dragon that goes after the dead like a carrion bird. I imagine whole flocks of them descending on battlefields after the fighting is done, like pale ghosts that leave after a few hours, rising from skeletons picked clean with blood on their scales.
This one decided to be a challenge for me, and took a whole week longer than I thought it would but I got it done anyway, and that’s what matters. Lighting is unreasonably difficult to paint. Still, I’m pleased with how the head turned out at least, even if the rest of it doesn’t entirely make me happy. Progress, progress.
One of my entries for ArtOrders Tiny Dragon competition! Judging is going on this month I think so I’m crossing everything I have right now. This painting was inspired by the fact that if dragons existed there would absolutely be a whole Instagram community based around their aesthetic, and also the fact that I would be one million percent invested in it.
I’m actually pretty proud of how this turned out, given how little painting I’ve gotten done this year. One of my goals for 2018 is definitely to work on my digital painting skills, and who knows – maybe I’ll actually learn to paint in Real Life with Real Paints one of these days.
I haven’t mentioned it much on the blog (with the exception of this one post from way back), but since about 2010 I’ve been slowly working on a fantasy trilogy. Will it ever be finished? Who knows, it’s a mystery, but what isn’t a mystery is that I love my main character, and that this is the third time I’ve painted her. She’s changed a lot since I first started writing, in appearance, backstory and characterisation. Her name, though, is still Elena, and she’s still – at the start of the story anyway – a kind, compassionate, optimistic, slightly naive, loving soul, who just wants to help make things right.
So of course by the end of the series half the people she loves are dead, at least three cities have been reduced to ashes and darkness nearly devoured the world. It’s a fantasy series, what do you expect?
Portrait commissions in this style are available, I should mention, if anyone else has a character they love as much as I love Elena. And for the curious, I saved a few stages of the work and put together a process gif as I did for my painting of Hurd a while back: