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Painted digitally using Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom pen tablet. 30+ hours.
Additional images and information on the process can be found at www.artstation.com/artwork/905…
© Donavan Neil
The original drawing:
"About 10 years ago, my little brother, shadacate, asked me to draw a dragon. We had just visited the library together, and among the books we took home, there was a picture book about monsters. Many of the illustrations were of human-creature mashups: werewolves and were-spiders and the like. I went to work on a human-dragon hybrid for my 6 year-old brother.
The difficulty I encountered in the design process is that I am an analytical, conceptual artist; I seem to have no ability to create anything that isn't purposeful and thematic; and so, what I created was a bizarre exploration of the repercussions of sexual repression and the denial of sexual agency, a totally age-inappropriate, angry piece of political and confessional art heaped in bloody, Biblical imagery.
Though he might have preferred a standard European swords-and-magic dragon, my brother has loved this drawing for a decade. Because of the sentimental value it's taken on, I decided it would be the perfect candidate for a do-over."
I'm glad the improvement shows, though I am a little vexed that I still haven't outrun how much people like that old drawing. One reason I wanted to try the idea again is that the original drawing is still the thing people I know tell me they remember and love, and I can't stand how glaring its mistakes are! Haha I hoped I could make something to outshine it.
I'm glad the work I've done on anatomy and rendering skin is apparent. How about the composition? I feel like that's still my weakness, but I do think this is much stronger.