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SBS From concept to substrate

Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by Zotilraxx, Oct 12, 2016.


  1. Zotilraxx

    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Good day, good people of the orange community. As the title suggests, it is not a tricks and techniques sbs, we'll not entirely. I would like an idea of what I do when presented with a project that I do not have a ready plan for.

    Usually, after I find out who my PP is, first thing I do is troll around the social networks, FB and here, and try to get an idea of what my PP likes to paint. That usually takes a few days of background work. If I find my PP in FB I look for some interesting photos of the person that I could encorporate in my concept.

    Next, I search local legends and myths using my PP'S city. If there's anything interesting I would then sit down and start scribbling ideas. Taking my PP 10 as an example, Michael lives in Lausitz, Germany and in my research I found this legend of the Lindorm dragon. According to legends, the dragon main diet includes people. It is also said that this dragon has the ability to turn into a man in which form it destroys lives instead of feeding on men.

    Armed with my sketchpad and a B4 pencil, I would sit down and start doing thumbnails. When I find one that I like I would then transfer that onto my substrate. 2016-10-11 18.31.37.jpg
    There are a number of ways I do this. With a tracing paper, carbon paper or, in this case, I just drew the line drawing again.

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    From there I do the usual stuff, underpainting with white, getting the darks and textures in the right place.
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    Then alternating between burnt umber, yellow ochre and red ochre, I glazed over everything, reinforcing the contrasts and textures.

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    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Using black, I cleaned up the edges...

    2016-10-11 20.01.59.jpg

    Half man:
    2016-10-11 20.03.04.jpg

    Half dragon:
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    The souls of its victims:
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    Thanks for coming along for the ride...
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    Mr.Micron Royal pain in the air hose Admin

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    Very nice SBS and very cool concept .
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    JackEb Dragon Hunter Staff Member Admin

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    Thanks for sharing @Zotilraxx, Its always nice to see how people proceed from initial thought to end product. You've done an outstanding job on a very personalised product for your recipient :thumbsup:
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    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    Thanks buddy...
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    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    ThaNk you, Jackie. ...
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    markjthomson Very happy! Staff Member Mod

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    Very cool - love seeing the creative process.
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    musicmacd Air-Valve Autobot! Very Likeable!

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    Wow! Thats deep :) thanks man
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    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    You're welcome, my friend.... and thank you for checking it out...
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    Micha der Wolf Artist of the Month! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    It is especially here to read how you painted it and now I hold it in the hands!
    Danke mein Freund!
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    Zotilraxx Air-Valve Autobot!

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    You are most welcome, my friend...
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    I enjoyed reading that, I have done that too but also just painted what i wanted to paint at the time. This PP i have painted something that is liked BUT i did also want to paint it. So 2 birds with one stone.

    Lee
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