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I kinda did it to myself. Figured I would go above the simple "few shapes and gradients retro style" of backgrounds. I've found that while such are well and good, I also know that my true aspirations lie in being a background artist/landscape painter, so the time seems nigh to combine both my coloring desire and panging internal nagging that tugs at me to make original landscape work.
The ghost of Roger Dean haunts me. And that bastard ain't even dead yet.
I immediately envisioned this scene the moment I saw the lines, and knew it was inevitable. I would be throwing away a gargantuan piece of my time to make that vision come to fruition.
I actually started this image a week ago, getting the character completed and a basic wacom sketch of the background in place by Wednesday. However, I have gone through a dramatic transition in my job, and had to sort out a lot of my life before getting back into this one.
Which worked out just fine. I opened this image up tonight about four hours ago. And I immediately thought that it was just my good luck, because I was in a mood to just paint whatever.
To give some background on the character. While she's a half-dragon of sorts, the color scheme is an homage to my pet lizard Jhet. He (or she, neither of us are in a mood to find out which) has warm flame red colors along the side, dark brown carapace, a white underbelly, and two yellow pin stripes running the length of the back.
Enough blowing hot air. San Fernando Valley has enough of that wisping about already.
Texture Reference from CG-Textures.comOriginal Lines: [link]
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