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Pearl Dragon Portrait: Process

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By Kamakru   |   Watch
Published: April 7, 2011
© 2011 - 2020 Kamakru
Process for this painting Pearl Dragon Portrait by Kamakru

I forgot I had these photos! So I'll share, for anyone that for some reason may be interested to see how I go about doing my dragon portraits.

Step 1: The supplies! I'm a simple person when it comes to my art. Tupperware dish, check. Toilet paper (we were out of paper towels that night lol), check. Also I added in the second photo my grand painting mat - a piece of paper! I'm so queen. x]

Step 2: The background! I use a dark and light color, with the lighter area in the center for focus. Play around and blend until satisfied. Let dry

Step 3: Nothing drawn in pencil, just dove right in! Using the lightest color of the dragon, painted the main body shape.

Step 4: Gradually working darker, started defining body parts by adding details and shadows

Step 5: Finish up by increasing intensity of shadows where needed, highlights and other details such as eyes and (in this case) the sparkles.

Acrylic paints on 5x7 inch canvas board.


All art (c) Kamakru
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Image size
4000x16860px 29.9 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Shutter Speed
1/30 second
Aperture
F/3.2
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jan 6, 2011, 8:36:06 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Sensor Size
6mm
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InspiredLittleBird's avatar
InspiredLittleBirdProfessional Traditional Artist
Phenomenal! Great job
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Thank you! =]
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varialomeHobbyist Digital Artist
where did you learn to use acrylics ?
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Watching tv shows about painting, self taught studies and classes in high school =]
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varialomeHobbyist Digital Artist
allright thanks :)
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IamlaylaHobbyist General Artist
WOW!
diamondwhitewolf's avatar
I love seeing all the process stuff :D
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Me too! Honestly I'm often more interested in the process than the final piece. It's the journey (and the insight) x]
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GhostWolffHobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY SHI* like as if i didn't think you were amazing before, you are a TRUE artist
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Aw thanks! :blushes:
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GhostWolffHobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem!!
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mrcbaxHobbyist General Artist
cool! :)
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UruborosProfessional Writer
I think seeing this will help me on future projects. I just finished an acrylic piece myself. It's always a learning experience to paint.
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Yes, each piece is a learning experience for sure! And painting can be so morphic. Sometimes you never know exactly what you'll get ;]
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UruborosProfessional Writer
I thought the most interesting of your techniques was how you put the white on top of existing paint. Did you just apply a really thick layer to make it opaque?
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
It's acrylic, so it's naturally opaque. If you use a heavy body paint it'll cover any color ;]
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UruborosProfessional Writer
Okay, that tip should prove very useful for making smoother paintings in the future. Thanks! Now I won't have to paint around everything so much.
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Well painting around stuff can be useful say if you sketched on the canvas already. But if you think you have a good feel for what you're painting, then it's not as necessary.
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UruborosProfessional Writer
Okay, I'll keep that in mind! Thanks!
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
Anytime! =]
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kurai-kataraHobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see it in person. It looks so beautiful.
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KamakruProfessional General Artist
And it's on it's way! -Along with some other goodies ;]
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kurai-kataraHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooo hoo! I am so excited :3
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Railey98Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Very interesting, you have a very simple set up. :)
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