This one is for
Our task was to draw one of the Guardians she designed.
I made Navara, the guardian of foating mountains. I am aware that I made a lot of anatomical mistakes with him, but... Meh, I tried my best
Since we were allowed to fit our OC's in the picture (which seemed a brilliant idea for me) I decided to include the only flying non-dragon OC I have at the moment - Evaroth [link]
To make things funnier, Evaroth hates dragons of all kind ( It's because he strongly believes they are incarnation of the devil, I tell you later more about him, I promise), so it seemed like a perfect situation to start the battle. Too bad Rottie doesn't stand a chance in such confrontation.
I know, I'm evil.
Wanna know how I did it?
Step 1: Mess with the sketch til in some way you get it right. Pure luck is the main factor.
Step 2: Start Background.
Step 3: Give up on background and move to the main characters. Start shading.
Step 4: Stop at the rear wings and move to the background again. It's still not good enough.
Step 5: Don't give up from frustration and move to the shading charas again.
Step 6: Stop the shading, complaining of your lack of abilities in distributing scales of same length on a very long tail.
Step 7: Play with colors on the wings until you find right combination of both colors and layer settings. It may take a while considering you're experimenting all the way.
Step 8: Start coloring, even though the characters aren't fully shaded. Who cares, coloring is fun fun fun.
Step 9: Threw the background away and start completely new one. The previous was getting on your nerves, no?
Step 10: Get in the "painting frenzy" mode and complain that your charas don't fit the background at all.
Step 11: Wait, they do fit. Add some lights.
Step 12: Stare at your "masterpiece" with a feeling it lacks that certain something...
Step 13: Add a bunch of fleeing gryphons in the foreground. When you finish them, earse them saying they came out of nowhere. Because they did.
Step 14: Still working? add shiny sparkly details.
Step 15: Add more details that aren't actually details.
Step 16: More. Details.
Step 17: Buildings count as details. Paint some on the floating islands.
Step 18: Shiny little dots as birds do count as details too. Mash them in various places in a group of three.
Step 19: There goes your conclusion - more details doesn't always mean good thing to you. Get a break.
Step 20: Realize that you broke the jaw of the dragon. Just shrug - he still looks great in your opinion, and that's what matters (not).
Step 21: Hey, the background isn't as awesome as you thought it was...
Step 22: Save it as JPG file ASAP and post it on DA to get rid of your "I hafta do moar things" syndrom. Congratulations, you did it!
Joking aside. It was a pleasure and fun to work on this piece. I've learned a lot while making it. I believe it took me 20 hours if not more.
The original file is 5800x2680 Pixels, which is HUGE for me. Try to run around on such image with an 3 pixel brush, it's frustrating!
Oh well, I did my best. Hope you like it!