Creekside Preening

Posted May 31, 2020, 6:05:18 AM

More cross postage from DA, this time a commission!

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This one was an interesting piece to work on!
I had been requested to reinvision/adapt/update/tweak an existing character with pretty much free reign on what I could do with the character, so I took a formerly fully-scaled wyvern and poomfed him up with a coat of feathers, a new set of headgear, some fin adjustments, and a new coat of 'paint' following similar schematics of the original incarnations.

It was interesting working with cast-lights from multiple sources known for throwing strongly-colored reflection light, and using that in an attempt to portray the general reflectiveness of the scales and feathers; plus remembering ambient cast lighting on fellow scenic items.

Rivers/creaks/streams/brooks are.. interesting bodies of water to attempt replicating, as they all look differently depending on angle, time of day, and weather/seasonal conditions. I'll eventually figure out an easier way to render them more effectively than I tried here. Same for my trees.. Trees are... hmm, yeah... Trees...
Liking the water shadows though, and the little blue cast light on the rocks under the trees :>
Character (c) Hyratel

Art (c) 2019 - Myself - Please do not alter, copy, and/or redistribute!

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  • May 31, 2020
    That is one beautiful dragon/wyvern! I love the clear difference in scales on the front to feathers/fluff-

    It looks like you paused an animated feature and if I hit unpause it will keep moving.. thats hard to do!

    It has a nice cool colorscheme thats pleasing to the eyes.. and I really hope the person you drew this for loved it.
    • May 31, 2020
      :> This one was definitely a fun one to experiment with, and I'm pleased to hear that it looks like it could have been plucked from an animated piece! Most folks who do screenshots like that typically add noise pixellation to haze the image a tad.

      And he did very much enjoy it! A lot of the scheme was pulled from his original palettes for the character.
  • Jun 1, 2020
    This is gorgeous! His pose is done well, it madness sense why he hasn't fallen over while on one foot. You implemented the scales and feathers wonderfully together, it's easy to have it feel forced but it doesn't at all. The pattern choices are nice too, it works with a limited pallet to a great effect. I take it the commissioner liked it?
    • Jun 20, 2020
      Yus they did! They got to see the process from start to finish, and I had done their character before in sketches a couple times prior.
  • Jun 1, 2020
    The water here looks beautiful!
    • Jun 20, 2020
      This one was interesting to do as I did a mix of stuff and studied several photos of similar angles.
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Beautiful linework and colors. I love the subtle shifts from blues to purples.