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Old 13-02-2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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Below are two characters from a lighting fast project with code name "The Journey" that I and some
friends of mine did to test out unity engine. Stay tuned for a bigger and better presentation of it soon !





And a nose study:
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Old 17-02-2012, 09:39 AM   #12
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Default Dragon thumbnails

I've been doodling some dragon designs the last few days in my spare time. Dragon is a strong word if you look the thumbnails below, they
are more of a jungle - monkey - birdish types of dragon, and yes, as you expected , the majority of them don't brief fire, sorry if I disappointed you.

I don't know why but the jungle theme couldn't go out of my head so many of them are dragons that don't fly but just glide from tree to tree, hang from
trees like monkeys and so on. For the gliding idea I was particularly inspired from an episode of BBC's "Planet Dinosaur" (great documentary ).

From the bunch below I really like the balloon dragon idea (thumbnail number 5). I imagine it when the air sack on his back is full and he lift off the ground, by strongly swinging his tail up and down he can gain height. The other favourites of mine are number 3 , 7 (the flying squirrel dragon ) , 8 , 9 , 14 and 15 (monkey dragon ).







I had some real fun doing these, but I enjoyed the sketched ones more than the pure black silhouettes. The abstract method of thumbnail generation also didn't feel very comfortable for me.





Here is a further exploration in 3d based on the thumbnail number 8, done for a bit more than an hour.

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Old 28-02-2012, 08:26 AM   #13
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Default Rhino studies

Helloooooo there Here are three studies of rhinos that I did this week.
Due to some poor job on gathering good reference I couldn't pull off the skeletons with good understanding as I wish I could.
Actually I found only two crappy photos of rhino's skeletons and combined what I saw on them with the information from two anatomy plates
of cows and bulls. I should definitely spend more time on animal anatomy and revisit those studies once I have a better grasp on it.

If someone can recommend good resource or have a link or two where I can find better reference, please, share it! Crits are welcome too,
if you see something terribly wrong don't hesitate to comment it.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:28 AM   #14
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Here are few quick sketches of weird looking creatures that are supposed to be non-typical dragon designs.
I started them from the thumbnails that I've posted not so long ago.

This guy came from thumbnail number 9. Except the wings it doesn't feel very dragonish, but anyway, I had lots of fun sketching it out:



OMG, what is this poor creature below supposed to be ?!



What to say...if you didn't guess by now, this is a monkey dragon. Wow, that was a suprice He doesn't fly, nor he briefs fire, but instead has an array of horns sticking out from his head .They are actually pipes, which helps him to make really loud noises ( similarly to the parasaurolophus ). He has some remaining of feathers on his sides, which are far from enough for flying, but they gives us a clue that his predecessors (the flying monkey dragon) could actually fly. I started it from thumbnail number 15.

Here are another two weird fellows.The top one was intended to be a water creature, but except the fins at the end of the tail it doesn't feel like it is supposed to live in water. The bottom one is a quick overpaint to test and idea that came from a good buddy of mine, Soulsurvivor. Now it matches better the water theme and it does look capable of swimming , but still I don't like it, especially with those enormous arms. Maybe I'll give it another try , starting from scratch. Thumbnail number 8.



And lastly what I called the flying squirrel dragon. Looks more birdish, but it was inspired by looking some photos of a flying squirrels, at least part of the pose came from there.Thumbnail number 7.



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Old 08-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #15
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Love all the exploratio you've done on this design ! You've really mastered this 2d grey shaded type of rendering The volumes and the lights are really good.
I'm wondering how it would be with a bit of texture work like scale etc.

Keep up the good work !
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:45 AM   #16
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Thanks a lot, Vincent
I'm quite new to digital painting and I learn many things with every sketch that I do. Texture work is on my list for exploration !

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:13 PM   #17
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Default Weird Dragon Creatures part 2

I decided to do several more weird dragon designs, because I was not satisfied with the first batch and wanted to explore more this theme.


This below is a butterfly dragon (but probably "bat" suits him better). It came out as an experiment. I wanted to explore a new technique involving 3d modeling for generating interesting shapes. You can see example of this process at the bottom of this post. About the dragon, the long transparent extrusions that looks like butterfly wings are just for peecocking, only the males have them at extreme size to increase their chance of attracting a female. This species has extremely well developed ears that helps them to track their pray using echolocation.



The guy below is some sort of insect looking dragon. I started it from a squashed version of the 3d model of the balloon dragon that you can see at the bottom of this post. I'll get to this technique later.



I'm not happy at all how the balloon dragon sketch turned out. I really like the thumbnail and the initial idea of how the dragon will fly by inhaling a lot of air and filling up his back sack with hot air and gas. Maybe I'll do another take on him. Here it is how it looks right now, not very cool.



Now, here are two images showing the process I told you about. In the first image you can see how the butterfly dragon started. I've take one abstract thumbnail that I did not so long ago and mapped it onto a flat 3d plane. Then I cut out some shapes and extruded them and finally deformed the whole plane using FFD box and soft selection. The interesting thing about this is that by moving the camera around the object you can get with new and interesting shapes and they will be in correct perspective which is a nice bonus.



To wrap up this post here is a turnround animation showing a similar experiment, this time using the balloon dragon thumbnail as a base, fleshing it out in 3d as quickly as possible and posing it. The insect dragon above came from this 3d model with a little bit of squashing and deforming.



I would love to hear your opinion and critiques

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like your Designs,especially silhouette studies
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Thanks, Mohammad !
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Old 13-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #20
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yeah awesome work dude. wicked designs coming out
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