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    So I wanted to post a screenshot today with a white dragon - but I couldn't find any open source freely available white dragon art that I liked. So I'm doing my own.

    Not a map I know but as a few people have been putting up non-mapping wips here I thought I'd stick it up too for fun.

    Here he is so far:
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    Excellent illustration, Torstan! Better than any illustration I've posted.

    In fact the only Dragon illustration I've posted here, just got noted because my dragon's got nipples!

    http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...dragon+nipples

    Heh!

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    Cool stuff Torstan! (no pun intended)
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    I like that a lot but he doesn't have a tongue Great sketch.
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    Pretty awesome. Might be a sketch but it's pro quality as far as I'm concerned. What's the medium?

    Also, I hope nobody's taking offense that folks (me included) have been posting non-map art in the General Discussion area. I like to see what other artistic things people are working on. Maybe we need a non-map art forum?
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    Thanks Mearrin! It's all photoshop.

    Okay, I think this is done. If anyone has any thoughts then I might do a little more to it.

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    Might make a good supporter for a map .

    Needs another head on the other side or perhaps a tail winding down for the lower right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by torstan View Post
    Thanks Mearrin! It's all photoshop.
    Egad. Well, then, I'm doubly impressed. I would have sworn it was charcoal on roughish paper but was wondering what the white strokes were. If digital I would have guessed Painter. Done in Photoshop that's very impressive.

    [edit]As to what else to do with it I guess that depends on purpose. What are you planning to do with it? It's good to go for a lot of purposes. For a cover illustration it might want a bit more work.[/edit]
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    Well it's not going to be a cover illustration. This is for a screenshot in my series about the Breaking of Forstor Nagar project I'm involved in. The screenshot will be up on Monday (but for those who want a sneak peak it's here: screenshot) Note that not all of the art there is mine. The tokens are Devin Nights and the portrait of the warrior is by Tyler Bartley.

    However if I were to truly want to polish this - do you have suggestions?

    As for the photoshop issue - not only is it all PS, it's all done with a hard round brush. Probably what I use 99% of the time these days. The shades are all done with layers set to soft light and built up over a textured background.
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    Okay, I think this is done. If anyone has any thoughts then I might do a little more to it.
    No - I think it's just brilliant! I love the style!!!

    I'm hopeless at keeping my drawings loose!

    But as long as we're sharing, I have a dragon pic here - http://craigssketchpad.co.uk/2009/05...ig-bad-dragon/
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    (It's been on hold so it's not officially finished but I did a quick make-ship finishing on certain elements with the idea of going back to it at a later date. ...That later date is still to come)

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