Here's my entry: "Trucks in a Bottle."
This image resulted from the idea of bottles floating in the ocean. I thought about in what context glass bottles live in the mermaid world and that led me to thinking about how sometimes people build ships in bottles. If a mermaid were to do the same, perhaps they would be more interested with land vehicles, being sea creatures themselves.
I think the rough layout is done...although I think the work table/rock needs to be fixed perspective-wise. Any feedback or things I'm overlooking is greatly appreciated.
Inktober Day Two. The Dragon Rider. There are species of dragons that do not breathe fire or have wings. The Eastern Blue Dragon is among the rarest of those. While mild in temperament, centuries of dragon hunting have made them quite fearful of humans and they will lash out if cornered. The blue diamond embedded in the forehead of the Eastern Blue is said to be one of the most powerful magical objects known to the world. A single blue diamond can power a small city for a century. The most common use however, is in weapons manufacturing; more specifically, in the forging of Legendary Blades.
While their fashion sense is a little odd, the Dragonite clan has gained the trust of the Eastern Blue, and the two species have formed a symbiotic relationship; the Dragonite mages provide firepower (a blue flame that the dragons are immune to) while the Eastern Blue is able to provide blinding speed and fearsome physical prowess.
As part of my Helmet & Hound series, I redid a piece that I drew December of last year. Hope you like it!
And here is the one from last year:
Within the last year, I decided to take my art more seriously. I think I'm making improvements, but definitely still feel like a newbie. I feel that SVS (among other things) has given me a more solid foundation to work off of.
I finally purchased a subscription to SVS after a several year hiatus, so I thought I'd introduce myself again since there are so many new people here in the forum.
My name is Shinji Fujioka and I love art! By day I do sales and account management, but I daydream quite often about eventually having a career that is focused on some aspect of creating and distributing art.
I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to creating art, and enrolling in SVS again is part of my commitment to learn things the right way. I want to get the fundamentals down so that there is as little friction as possible standing between an idea and a finished piece.
One of my biggest challenges is that I've been having hand issues for the last several years and have had to scale back quite a bit on how much time I spend drawing. This is another reason why I want to learn the "ins" and "outs" of drawing so that I can be more economical with the time I do spend holding a pencil or brush.
Looking forward to participating more in the forums and learning from this community
After watching Jake's Inking tutorial, I decided to participate in Inktober. Aside from using pencil and paper when I was a kid, I haven't really used traditional mediums. I thought that this would be the perfect excuse to do something non-digital. It's awesome to see so many other artists participating and I'm loving the sense of comradery (spelling?) in the art/illustration community
So I have a vague idea for a story that I'm going to explore and see where it goes. It's about a little dragon that doesn't know how to breathe fire, but is determined to figure it out.
I created this image with that in mind and also to submit for the live critique on Tuesday. I thought I'd share it here as well and get as much feedback as I can. (But I already emailed it, so I won't be able to make changes before the critique).
@Leontine @Rob-SmithI tried tinkering with the eyes, but I kept on losing something in the girl so I think I might leave it for now.
Inktober Day Four. Gaia, the Hidden City.
Gaia was built by the descendents of Aelia during the latter end of the reign of the Old Kings. Because of the war and conflict of the era, they saw the need to create a safehaven for their people. The city was built in secret over the course of 70 years and is considered a defensive stronghold. There is only one mountain pass from the south that leads to Gaia, and even that is often obscured by cloud cover. The surrounding area is home to a number of dragon species, making an attack from above quite tricky. To the north lies the mountain range known as the Divine Wall. It is there that the last known sighting of a Guardian occured. The Guardians have remained silent for the past 200 years.
I think I'm ready to submit...I took the advice of those that said to lose the plane in the top right and instead placed text there. And I have to agree, I think it makes it a better composition. Having another plane there would have been more noise than was necessary.
And here are a few progress pics.