I did this picture for the art contest at the anime convention. I got 3rd place for Original art section.
I found this piece to be very challenging for me because: - This is my first competition work - This is the first time drawing Dragon - It is on A3 size paper - Books, there so many books I was also working on my school assignments at the time, I carried A3 sketch book with me everywhere. I work on this piece while I was waiting for my tutor, during lunch and any class break I can get. I spent so much times and effort into this artwork (may be even more than my Multimedia assignment)
I am quite please with the result though.
*I re scan the whole thing and joint two part together now the pic is complete. I upload the bigger version so you can see all the datails Please full view.*
Anyway, this pic base on my original character from my very own comic (concept/plot everthing in progress). Done with: Copic Marker, Castle artist pen, watercolour, ink and acrylics.
normal lighter "in action" at magnification ratio of 1:1 Camera: Nikon D5000 Lens: AF-S Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:3.5 G ED DX
Clamped the lighter at a vice to fix it which was necessary to place the camera (on a tripod of course) at the right distance. DOF was very small which made it difficult to get the right point sharp. Two extra common desk lamps for lighting, no sunlight. Little black background did the rest...
... ehh - and about 1000 photos to get about 3 good ones.
Its rather difficult to get the timing and not moving the camera a bit by using the lighter with the other hand at the same time...
no adjustments except of cropping the photo a little bit.