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Pearl Dragon Portrait: Process
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Published: April 7, 2011
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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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Comments (22)
InspiredLittleBird's avatar
InspiredLittleBird|Professional Traditional Artist
Phenomenal! Great job
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Kamakru's avatar
Kamakru|Professional General Artist
Thank you! =]
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varialome's avatar
varialome|Hobbyist Digital Artist
where did you learn to use acrylics ?
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Kamakru|Professional General Artist
Watching tv shows about painting, self taught studies and classes in high school =]
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varialome's avatar
varialome|Hobbyist Digital Artist
allright thanks :)
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Iamlayla's avatar
Iamlayla|Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!
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diamondwhitewolf's avatar
I love seeing all the process stuff :D
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Kamakru's avatar
Kamakru|Professional 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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GhostWolff|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY SHI* like as if i didn't think you were amazing before, you are a TRUE artist
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Kamakru|Professional General Artist
Aw thanks! :blushes:
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GhostWolff|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem!!
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mrcbax|Hobbyist General Artist
cool! :)
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Uruboros|Professional 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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Kamakru's avatar
Kamakru|Professional 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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Uruboros|Professional 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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Kamakru|Professional 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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kurai-katara|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see it in person. It looks so beautiful.
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Kamakru|Professional General Artist
And it's on it's way! -Along with some other goodies ;]
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kurai-katara's avatar
kurai-katara|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooo hoo! I am so excited :3
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Railey98|Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Very interesting, you have a very simple set up. :)
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Kamakru|Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yup, I like to keep it simple - heck I've painted in my lap before xD
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Railey98's avatar
Railey98|Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I love doing that! :)
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