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Fantasy dragon art and how I painted my own

Updated on March 12, 2013

See how I painted my own Dragon art

Fantasy dragon art has always been a passion of mine and after 20 years of collecting fantasy art books, I have plenty of inspiration. I dabble in digital fantasy art myself and the step-by-step below shows you briefly how I work. I am not an artist that sticks to a set path but just takes the painting as it comes. Fantasy art is a fascinating subject and watching the dragon art come to life will always be a great feeling.

There be a dragon here, beware and enjoy!

My new fantasy art blog

Scribbles, doodles and fantasy illustration

If you like my dragon art then take a look at my new blog filling up with strange scribbles and illustration over atThe Art of Jonathan Grimes.

Adesso drawing tablet used for my fantasy dragon art
Adesso drawing tablet used for my fantasy dragon art

The tools I used for my very own dragon art

Adesso drawing tablet and Photoshop

Like most digital artists today, painting on the computer requires more than just a mouse. Graphics tablets (link to drawing tablets) are an absolute must when it comes to today digital art and illustration.

Drawing tablets come in many shapes and sizes, and varying prices. Like many things today, there is some truth in the saying 'you get what you pay for', but not all Drawing tablets need to be expensive.

At the moment I am using the Adesso drawing tablet which has a great specification, and in the grand scheme of things, is well priced. It's specification is on par with many graphics tablets that are considerably more in price.

Adesso drawing tablet

The Adesso drawing tablet offers a high specification drawing tablet at a price much lower than other tablets of the same specification. For a more indepth review of the Adesso drawing tablet take a look at this Adesso Drawing Tablet Review

Photoshop used to create my fantasy dragon art
Photoshop used to create my fantasy dragon art

Photoshop, the software of choice

Photoshop is very versatile and easy to master, the possibilities are endless

There are many digital art software packages on the market, but at the moment I am using Photoshop for most of my digital art. The scope of the functionality within Photoshop is superb for the fantasy art I produce.

Like many digital art software packages, the freedom of working digitally is fantastic. There are to many advantages to list, but the ability to have multiple layers on your artwork is great. Layers that you can turn off and on, as you need them. The ability to blend layers, overlay images and multiple undos, is second to none.

Photoshop brushes can be customised and used changed with the click of a button, helping to achieve textures and a more painterly style. Photoshop functionality is vast and is a whole other lens, but needless to say that using it for digital art is superb.

What digital art software do you use?

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Sketchbook roughs, the stating point for any of my fantasy dragon art - The sketchbook is the starting point for most of my fantasy dragon art

The fantasy art dragon pencil sketch can be seen 17 seconds into the video. Everything starts from a small pencil sketch or as a digital sketch on the ipad2.

Step 1 - Scan pencil image - Everything starts of in a very basic way

Nearly all the paintings I start, begin life as a scibble with the pages of a sketchbook. These are then scanned into the computer via a simple but effective scanner. The initial line drawing has a thin layer of tone added to it, which removes that white background starring back at you.

I don't have a set way of working but seem to let the image grow. Working on the background, I like to create some kind of setting in which to place the main character. I will always return to the background throughout the life of the painting and there are times when I have to stop myself from tweaking the.

At this stage, it's just a matter of getting something on the surface to start the ball rolling. With digital painting tools you can do this initial work on a separate layer to that of the main pencil scan. This allows you to restart and change as many times as you like, due to the freedom you have with digital art.

step 2 - Start to add layers of colour

Another layer of tone is added to the image. This is to start the ball rolling and start to get something down on the initial pencil scan. Photoshop allows you to have as many layers as you want. You can blend them in many ways, turn them off when required and manipulate them in many different ways. Photoshops versatility is second to none, but for this image, I lay down another light brown colour across te whole image.

Step 3 - Start to add layers of texture - Texture can be added with a brush or an image overlay


In step three I start to add more layers of colour and texture. This is the part of the digital painting process I don't like, as I am eager to see the finished painting, and at this stage things start to look messy. I also jump from one area to the next, which seems a little random, but this is the way I work. Some areas will get more attention and be taken to a stage where I can start to build up detail, while other areas are no more than the pencil sketch. I work like this on a lot of my paintings and it comes form being impatiant and wanting to add detail,

The aim for this digital painting was to have the dragons head popping out of a sandy wall and this is the initial start to try and achieve this effect. With digital art you can also overlay photographic textures, and then blend them into your chosen colour scheme. This can be very effective and help to mask the digital feel of some computer art. You would be surprised at the digital tricks that can be applied to reduce the stale digital feel some digital art can have,

Photoshop allows you to have many brushes at your finger tips, and the press of a button means you can change the brush at any time. You also have contol on the width and pressure of the brush stroke. Many combinations are available and you can even make you own custom brushes. For this particular dragon art, the brush was oddly shaped with a texture, which would help with the painterly rough feel I was after.

Step 4 - Start to add shape

In this step I start to add some shape to the main dragon head and the textured brush is used to add faint areas to the background. As I have mentioned, my style of working is very hap-hazzard, and I jump around from back to front, from dragon head to texture. Doing this gives me a sence of finishing the painting. Maybe I should have a more focusd approach, but at the moment, the style of painting seems to work for me. I advise that whatever the style of work and process that works for you, is fine. There is no set and correct way of working, only what is best for you and that you are happy with the end result.

Step 5 - Adding stronger areas of colour - The dragon art starts to take shape

Stronger areas start to appear and at this stage I am looking to start getting to grips with fleshing out areas and adding detail.

Step 6 - Adding more texture

In this step I have added a layer which is a texture image of sand stone. This layer is added and blended over the layers below giving a texture to the whole painting. I didn't want this particular texture to cover the whole area, so certain areas are then taken out with the rubber tool, simple but very effective.

Step 7 - Light direction - Make your fantasy dragon art more vibrant by ensuring a strong directional light source

A strong directional light source casts shadows and in my paintings I like the effect strange looking shadows can have on a painting. Here I start to highlight certain areas and have a good idea as to where and how the shadows will be placed. Large surface areas can be brought to life with strange shadowy shapes dancing across the surface, idal for fantasy art.

Step 8 - Adding shadow - Combat the highlights with shadow, but shadows don't have to be dark!

In this step, we see the start of the shadow areas beginning to creep in. I like the contrast in light and dark and always try to use colour in my shadows. Shadows do not have to be dark, and using black as a shadow will just reduce the impact of the painting. I will go a little overboard with the shadow areas and make it as interesting as the highlights. It's at this stage I also start to pick out various details, which I will then build upon and add to.

Step 9 - Adding detail and colour, the fun part - The dragon art starts to really come to life

In these later stages, the detail starts to be applied and the shadow areas are focused on. Even at this stage I am still jumping from one area to another. I might work on the background one minute, then jump to adding detail to the main head area. It's a case of going with the flow of the painting and what works. The details start to grow and the painting is now at a stage where I am happy working on it. I continue to add detail and colour to multiple various areas, and the final step shows you the result.

Step 10 - concentrate on the focal areas - Focus the detail on the main area of interest

In this step we see the additional detail added throughout the dragon art. It also shows that the final detailing is in the areas I what the viewer to focus on, and this is the head. Looking at the image now, I would add more detail to the dragon head and less to the surrounding areas, just enough to sharpen and make the dragon head pop out of the image. In real life, when looking at every day objects, the actual object is in focus but everything else is very much visuble, but just out of focus.

This is the part of painting fantasy dragon art that I like the most. Hours, days and sometimes weeks of hard toil, result in an image I am happy with, sort of. The detail and lighting make the piece come to life and it's time to sit back and see what you have created. I am one of those people that are never totally satisfied with their work and beleive there is always room for more detail.

dragon art book
dragon art book

My published dragon artwork

If you like my dragon art you might like to take a look at my other fantasy art. This time it has been published within the pages of Dragon World, a fantasy art book by Impact books.

Other fantasy art lenses you might be interested in

As someone who like fantasy art, collects fantasy art books, there are a few other Squidoo lenses you might be interested in, and see the links below.

Dragon World, dragon art book from Impact book Dragon World brings together many different artists from the on-line art gallery, Deviant Art. There be lots of dragons here and some great art to.

The best fantasy art books

As a collector of fantasy art books, I have highlighted a few here that I think are great books. More to follow, put the fantasy artwork is well worth a look.

My other artwork!

My art work, both digital and traditional
My art work, both digital and traditional

Being a budding artist I have produced a few other pieces which can be seen via my gallery website, and feedback is always welcome.

Do you like dragon art and fantasy art in general?

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      wow. amazing!!

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      Love dragons ... but never tried to draw one. Now I really want one of those computer art tablets. I haven't drawn much for years, but back in high school I was pretty good. I wonder now how rusty I'd be if I tried to draw something ... no time like the present to find out! Your dragons are amazing and I agree with Lisa, WOW!!!

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      mcgilwriter lm 5 years ago

      nice work, loved seeing how it progressed!

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @CCGAL: Thanks for the feedback. Drawing and painting with a drawing tablet is very much the same as you would on paper and canvas. It takes a little time to get used to the fact you are drawing on the tablet and it appears on screen. Once you get used to this it's fine. The drawing tablet is only part of the set up as I use Photoshop, which gives you fantastic freedom. Just need to dive in and give it a go. Thanks for the feedback and plenty to follow.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @bigjoe2121: Thanks for the feedback Lisa, plenty more to follow.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @mcgilwriter lm: Thanks for the feedback and plenty more to follow.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I found a lot of great dragon art on Zazzle products. It impressed me so, that I made a lens about fantasy dragon art. I'll feature your page there. Well done!

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks for the feedback Vallain and the feature of of my lens on your fantasy dragon art lens.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi, the images were created on the computer using a drawing tablet and Photoshop, after scanning the pencil image, so no camera this time.

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      TheManInTheHat 5 years ago

      Great artwork and a very good lens! I do enjoy fantasy art in general and I think you did a great job here!

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @TheManInTheHat: Thanks for the feedback and plenty more to follow.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      How wonderful to meet a fellow artist! Your dragon is spectacular. I'd love to develop my digital art skills but I fear it will take time. :-)

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @marigoldina: Thanks for the feedback tokyonights, I find digital art easier in some respects due to the flexibility it allows.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Your artwork is incredible and I loved seeing the dragon evolve through stages. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo."

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @chezchazz: Hi and thanks for the feedback and blessing, appreciated.

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Really interesting seeing the progression of you fantasy dragon art! Maybe I could be a little more daring and brave as I learn to do art digitally.

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      Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

      Really interesting seeing the progression of you fantasy dragon art! Maybe I could be a little more daring and brave as I learn to do art digitally.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @M Schaut: Hi Margaret and thanks for the feedback . . . being daring is ideal in digital art as you have total freedom and can re-work, re-start over and over.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Very nice! And I so want one of those tablets!

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @cmadden: Thanks for the feedback and plenty more to follow.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feedback Gprice2012. Painting both digitally and traditionally is something I have been doing for years. Practice is a big part but its a great hobby and more to follow from me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Terrific lense, extremely informative, I learned something today, thanks for making my day!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I was born in the Year of the Dragon, so I've always been a fan of dragon art. I loved your step-by-step guide. I always wondered how artists went from a sketch to a digital creation.

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      bloggerjon 5 years ago

      @LisaDH: Hi lisadh / racicero, thanks for th feedback and plenty more from me to follow.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I do like fantasy art- you're very talented when it comes to dragons! *blessed

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      lclchors 4 years ago

      great lens fantastic information thanks

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      MarcStorm LM 4 years ago

      That was awesome seeing you go step by step. Afterwords, as the readers, we can go back to the first picture and then go down fast and watch it all form like a flipbook lol As always, great artwork!

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the feedback and plenty more from me to follow.

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      Zebedee32 4 years ago

      Looks fantastic! Very interesting to see the changes with each picture.

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      Kathie Miller 4 years ago from Southern California

      I love your dragon paintings and would like to learn more on how to paint in PS. FYT, the link to your website above is not working and had to google you to find your website. Wonderful lens

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @buteoflyer2: Hi and thanks for the feedback and I have mended the link issue, with it now being in the copy below the image.

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Absolutely love dragon and fantasy art. This lens is amazing. I have wondered about painting in photoshop compared to oil painting on canvas. We have lots of fantasy art books and recognize you from Dragonworld. Nice to meet you.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Nanciajohnson: Great feedback LilMonkey. It was great to get my work into Dragon World and its great you have the book. Painting in Photoshop compared to traditional methods is a massive step, but one that can be picked up easily. In my experience, digital and traditional both have the good and bad points and I see my self working in traditional media just as much. The big thing with digital is the freedom for multiple undos and reworks, layers which you can turn off and on. If you don't like something, you can just turn off the layer or rduce its opacity. The freedom and speed is amazing. Colour can be an issue as its on screen and when you view on another screen it can be different. I love the feel of traditional painting and the end result is a physical item, which I still love. Both have there good and ba points and what ever works best for the artsit is the best way forward.

      All the best and thanks for the feedback and you can find more of my work over at

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      Guided Abundance 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Fantasy Art mostly. I really liked how you walked us through. The pictures really drove it home.


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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I do like fantasy art, and was very interested in the developing picture, as I am really just a beginner with Photoshop. I shall bookmark this, and send it to my grandson who is doing this kind of art for A Levels,


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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      I <3 dragons! Lovely work :)

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thanks Gloriousconfusion. . . :-)

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the feedback. . .plenty more to follow.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Fascinating walk-through on creating the artwork!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Great art work! I have always loved fantasy art too. Dragons are awesome.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @AlleyCatLane: Thanks for the feedback AlleyCatLane.

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      Dark_Shadows_Memorial_Trust 4 years ago

      Spectacular dragon! Takes my breath away.

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      Wish List Gifts 4 years ago

      Amazing art. Looks like digital drawing is the way to go.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Dark_Shadows_Memorial_Trust: Thanks for the feedback and it's amazing what you can do in digital art.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Wish List Gifts: Thanks, and digital art just gives you such scope and freedom.

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow this is awesome and all made by you! Blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are so much fun! Thank you for sharing with everyone!

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      employmentresources 4 years ago

      My daughter loves to draw. Gonna share this with her.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      What a magnificent dragon! Beautiful work of art! Angel Blessings!

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      I will also show this to my daughter who is an amazing artist and story teller!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I admire the talent that goes into dragon and fantasy art. Your step-by-step is awesome! Congratulations on your purple star!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, you are a great artist! Loved seeing the dragon as he progressed.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      Amazing! You make it look so simple!

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      johnny-knox 4 years ago

      magnificent work,, you are really talented! well done!

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is so interesting and we are in the market for a tablet too for my daughter. Great lens

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      Camp April 4 years ago

      This was simply amazing to watch the progress. What a terrific lens and gift you have. Makes me want to learn how. Thanks

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Amazing, beautiful art work. I'm very impressed.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Nice Dragon! I like it so much!

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      nice art. I don't have your talent.

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      candy47 4 years ago

      I'm so happy to see this lens as Lens of the Day!! Well deserved and a long time coming. Congratulations!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      I didn't even know something like dragon art existed. :-)

      Your drawings are great!! And to see one develop step by step is fabulous. My compliments!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I love dragon and fantasy art! You have done a fantastic job on this awesome dragon! Great article.

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      irminia 4 years ago

      Thank you for givin this behind the csenes description of your working process. I was alway interested in seeing how a real piece of art like this comes to life.

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      VeseliDan 4 years ago

      This looks really great! You are a true artist! *blessed*

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      You are an amazing artist, congrats on LOTD, too!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens and congratulations on your LOTD.

      I adore fantasy art. My dragons tend to be cute and fat however :)

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      You did a great artwork, I know it's not as simple as you make it look, congratulations!

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      mrsfashionista 4 years ago

      Great artwork!

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      That is incredible, excellent work.

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      The finished piece is so life-like, one can hardly believe you started with a few line sketches! Great work!

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      agagata lm 4 years ago

      This is brilliant! I love it although it is too complicated for me to try ;)

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      Ninche 4 years ago

      Really amazing, the whole process looks unbelievable!

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      Excellent! I really enjoyed this step by step illustration

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      your step by step guide is excellent! fantastic picture as well :)

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'd love to have a go at doing something like this. It looks great. Congratulations on LOTD too!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

      I like the step by step explanations: you make it look easy, but I know it's not!

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      myoyster1957 4 years ago

      Great work love it.

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      I love fantasy art....I wish I could draw like that!! Really really loved your drawing!


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely amazing! You are a gifted artist!

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      The-Quirky-Banana 4 years ago

      Your work is amazing! :) I like how you combine digital and traditional art. Talent! :)

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      Love it! I love dragons and love sketching them (not as successful as you) .

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Wow, I'm without words behind a so spectacular work!

      Great job, it's fantastic!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Really well explained, but still not sure that I could do it! Blessed.

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      Missmerfaery444 4 years ago

      Fabulous! Yes, I love fantasy art and dragons too. Congratulations on LOTD and a wonderful dragon!

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      English-lion 4 years ago

      Wow! Love it! I've learned so much I didn't know there was such a thing as a drawing tablet ....must have been living in the dark ages. I can understand how long it must take to do this . Beautiful art.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @bloggerjon: I knew this lens was special and am glad to see it featured as Lens of the Day. Congratulations!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      You have real talent and I enjoyed seeing the progression ! Congratulations on a well deserved LotD :>)

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      Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I do because it reminds us to take a break and visit other worlds.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens is today's lens of the day. You can read all about it here:

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      vidiku 4 years ago

      Wow, this is really great!

      The step-by-step method makes it heaps easier to follow!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I do! Congrats on LotD, and here are some SquidAngel blessings for your stunning artwork!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to say congratulations again for your well-deserved Lens of the Day!

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the great feedback on this lens and the artwork. As an artist i have a lot of step-by-steps and will publish more in the near future.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Tim Bader: Practice practice practice . . . easier said than done some days.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @MartieG: Thanks, was unsure how many steps to put in but plenty more examples to follow.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @English-lion: Thanks, using the drawing tablet and painting digital gives you sooooo much freedom, but still love the traditional.

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      great to hear that you are going to publish more of step-by-steps artwork; thanks a lot for sharing and congratulation on LotD

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      The dragon turned out great! You are a very talented artist.

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      GuyNadeau LM 4 years ago

      I am an artist myself. I used to draw realistic portrait. That's why I was interested in looking at your lens.You did a really good job. I love step by step stuff like this. Really impressive and well done. A great example to follow.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Love dragons, and I really love to see step-by-step for how a piece of art takes shape.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Really beautiful art work and your tutorial is awesome. Congrats on lotd!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good tutorial! I know how to use photoshop but not at that level

      Congrats for LotD!!!

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Fantastic step by step guide - loved how much effort you put into showing the various stages - brilliant dragon too! Reminds me that 'Game of Thrones' is starting again soon :-) a dragon or two in my stories :-)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Wow what an incredible image of a dragon, very nicely done! I have only drawn dragons in my Pegasus art and they were miniatures paintings.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      Absolutely. The thing about fantasy art is you look at it and automatically want to know the story behind it, or make up the story to go along with the excellent artwork. Great step-by-step illustration of all that goes into dragon art, and congrats on getting LOTD!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Love your dragon art. Makes me want to go break out my digital tablet and get serious about my art. Congrats on LotD!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Amazing and beautiful art! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Really great tutorial and beautiful artwork. Congratulations on LOTD>

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this remarkable lens "Fantasy dragon art and how I painted my own" and congrats on Lens of the Day !!

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      Congrats on the LotD. Love your dragon. It's eyes look real. Good job on the lens.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I'm so pleased this lens has won LOD! Congratulations!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Your dragon art is wonderful. I used to have an art tablet at one time and it was really a great help.

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      A very talented digital artist.

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      TCG master 4 years ago

      OMG I absolutely love this lens. I am very bad at drawing so I'm very impressed at what you drew. Keep up the good work!!!

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Nice artwork. Thanks for the detailed flow through.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've gotten a tablet, and will now have a better idea of how to use it.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Congrats on your LOTD, well deserved for this beautiful informative article on your art. Blessed.

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      wow there is some amazing artwork here. I love dragons and fantasy art. This is a great lens. Thank you very much for sharing and congrats on LOTD! Angel blessed!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      I do. What a fantastic Lens; I use to get a magazine called Flights of Fantasy it was a great publication, not sure if they produce it anymore.You are so very talented. I love Photoshop, heck I'd marry it if I could.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Well done thorough tutorial.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Speechless :O very nice!!

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      MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

      Dragon art is very cool. Love the idea you shared- great lens. I have sketches in pencils of my own and never tried to perfect it digitally. I guess for now I will still do it the old school way-pen and paper.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I love fantasy art and your work is amazing. Thanks so much for sharing! Congratulations on LOTD! :-)

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      hideki7771 4 years ago

      Excellent work. I am impressed.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Your so-called dabble in digital art shows amazing talent! I thoroughly enjoyed watching your fantasy dragon turn into a piece of fine artwork.

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      Hurlserv 4 years ago

      Beautiful work. And I'm not particularly a dragon lover. Your step-by-step progression is excellent. It's seldom do we get to look over one's shoulder while they create art.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. You are very talented. I would never have the patience to create something do detailed. Well done.

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      Linda Hahn 4 years ago from California

      Lovely page.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      Amazing. In my next life I want to come back as an artist.

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      Love dragons and fantasy so this was great! Really interesting how you build up the work. Had a look at your site and deviant art gallery as well and love the colours and textures in the cave dragon's yawn too. Also your landscapes which have a mysterious quality.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Wow! this is amazing. Congratulations on your LotD. Thanks for sharing, blessed:)

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      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

      You've just shown that art is even more involved than I had previously thought. Congratulations on your LOTD! Well deserved.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      This is a great lens! I am not a good artist at all so I admire anyone that is able to make good artwork. Congratulations on making lens of the day!

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      wyzeguru 4 years ago

      Nice work, now I must call my mother in law and tell her something.....

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Love dragon art. If your ever in Vancouver BC there's a specialty shop on Granville Island that's Dragon. You'd love it. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Wakerra LM 4 years ago

      Woo Gimp made it in the poll! Unfortunately thats all I can manage with right now. I started learning how to digitally draw with Photoshop in college, then I had to drop out for various reasons. My poor computer won't be able to handle Photoshop (and neither can my budget D: )

      I see you keep the original pencil lineart as well, so detailed sketches would be beneficial. my sketches tend to be vague, and when I color them I'll only use the sketch as a reference, eventually removing it completely and detailing everything digitally. I figured lines in a picture were nothing more than 1: A difference of Light and shadow; 2: an overlap of two objects; and 3: A difference of colors.

      Granted I'm no professional by far, but I am improving and learning at my own pace, its so much fun to see how far you've come . Nice lens and congrats on the LotD!

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      Wow, what a fantastic tutorial on Fantasy Dragon Art, Thanks for sharing this. :)

      Liked and Blessed. :)

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      tinyant 4 years ago

      so cool! you are such a genius

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      You make it look so easy... that's talent. Awesome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool stuff. Terrific art and a terrific lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      MGarciaP 4 years ago

      excellent work of art!

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      mj11769 4 years ago

      very detailed lens......nice job!

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      HankKlinger1 4 years ago

      Thats just plain badass. Much respect my friend.

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      fbcivcoming 4 years ago

      That is just Awesome!

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      ZachG LM 4 years ago

      Fascinating lens. Keep up the great work!

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      healthusa 4 years ago

      WOW. So much layering, I'd have no idea where to begin (figuring out colors alone!), you're an incredible artist!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on LOTD

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @healthusa: Thanks for the feedback. Using layers in Photoshop is great, with each one being able to be different in opacity if need be. You can also turn on and off depending on the effect / colour you are looking for. It gives you some amazing freedom. With regards colour, I have a basic idea on what I hope to use in the painting but many times the painting just evolves and the colours with it.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Fascinating lens ,thanks for sharing

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      JerryWojo 4 years ago

      Great lens, Fabulous work. I've been to a few fantasy art shows in my area and enjoyed them. Amazed at the wide variety of styles. Thank you.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Fiorenza: Thanks Pererduck, plenty more to follow and with the success of this Squidoo lens I will be doing a few more based around my work.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Incredible art work. Amazing process.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pretty cool art.

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Awesome tutorial on how to draw and paint a dragon. Bookmarked it :) Congrats for your LOTD!

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Very cool lens! Congrats on the LoTD!

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      PaulForcey 4 years ago

      Ok i am jealous as I have absolutely no art skills at all!

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      Spletni Delavec 4 years ago

      Woow, this is great. Congratulation on LOTD title. I mentioned you in "Top ranked lenses on Squidoo" lens for your 7th place overall.

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice drawings, I also got myself a drawing tablet, still learning but hopefully it will show some improvements in my lenses, thanks for sharing

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      khatha0808 4 years ago

      Congratulation for LOTD.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Spletni Delavec: Hi, it was a really nice surprise to see this lens in 7th place overall and I have a few more lined up.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Wakerra LM: Thanks for the reply. with regards Photoshop, I did use it for this painting but Photoshop elements (cut down version) would have done the job just as well. I use it because I am familiar with it, nothing more really. Photoshop is a little over kill but has a lot of features you can use if needed. Artrage is a fraction of the cost and very good with a number of illustrators using it. Gimp is also dam good but all are just tools, and its good old practice and drawing that are the foundation. Thanks again and plaenty more to follow from me. . .

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @MissKeenReviewer: Thanks for the feedback and good old pen and paper is, and will always the best. No matter what gadets I use, its ALWAYS started with a pencil drawing and you can't beat it.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @GuyNadeau LM: Thanks for the feedback and plenty more step-by-steps to follow.

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      LindseyKrelle 4 years ago

      Wonderful Lens - and such a helpful lesson in Art and photoshop. Really enjoyable

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @PaulForcey: For me it just take practice, practice, practice.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      Thanks everyone for the feedback, if you can't see your comment as yet it will soon be added. I am just going through them all and down to the last 80 comments.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @tobydavis: Thanks for the feedback and plenty more step-by-steps of my fantay artwork to come soon.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @irminia: Thanks 'irminia' and I love looking at how artists produce their work, so thought I would give it a go myself. Plenty more step-by-steps of my fantasy artwork to follow soon.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @candy47: Thanks and it was great to see it on the page when i logged in. I am planning to do a few more Squidoo lenses on my fantasy art soon.

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      FancyThatUSA 4 years ago

      Wow! that is so impressive, it looks amazing. I just don't have that type of artistic skill to start with, so I shall leave it to the professionals. Great step by step guide though

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      taylorday 4 years ago

      loved your lens, interested in the photoshop as I used it when I worked in the print industry pre press

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love dragons! I draw them when I am not doing my holiday artsy stuff! Thank you for sharing this step by step technique! It has been very helpful! Congrats on your LotD and Purple Star selection - Well deserved! =)

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: Thanks for the feedback RiaB. . .

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wow. grand art tutorial lens. love the way you have presented it. a masterpiece.

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      kmhrsn 4 years ago

      I love how you start with a traditional pencil/paper image that is scanned. That makes a lot of sense. And your work is beautiful!

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Lenses like these are what makes Squidoo special. I wish I had the patience and skill to paint like you. Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing.

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      editionh 4 years ago

      Hi Jonathan,

      not bad dabbling indeed :). I don't know much about digital art and the use of those tools. Your tutorial is an eye opener . The way you did this dragon seems quite similar to old master oil painting methods working in layers step by step. Very cool.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      like dragon art much more...wonderful:-)

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      FlynntheCat1 4 years ago

      @bloggerjon: A heartfelt second recommendation for ArtRage here :D

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      Balltongue 4 years ago

      Wow! Truly amazing art, I wish I had your talent.

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      karMALZEKE 4 years ago

      Crazy in love with it. Cool STUFF. I like your style.

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      djroll 4 years ago

      I can draw stick people! I have always admired people who have the true gift of being an artist. Beautiful work you have shared with us - Thanks. Even though I have I'm unable to draw or paint, I love watching others who can.

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      Evelyn Saenz 4 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on LOTD and making it to number 1 on Squidoo.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      My goodness that's a beautiful dragon!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Beautiful art work indeed. Pinned to my board "art I love" and blessed. Inspirational, I want to take up drawing and painting more, although I don't think I have your native ability.

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      chas65 4 years ago

      Enjoyes sharing i your different steps from concept to completion.

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      kcallarman 4 years ago

      Way cool! I love seeing the step-by-step images. Thanks for posting this tutorial!

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      As a pro artist myself, I can appreciate the work that you put into this lens. Excellent job! :)

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      mj11769 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens.....I saw you being mentioned on the forum and I took a look too.....congratulations on being number 1......very impressive:)))

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @mj11769: Hi and thanks for the feedback, could you direct me to the forum post?


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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, well done!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congratulations on being ranked #1 overall, I know what a great feeling that must be. I've only reached #9 overall and I took a screen shot and sent it to my mom, I think you should do the same.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      I really enjoyed seeing how you develop your art work from start to finish. It's a rare glimpse into the creative process of an artist. Beautiful!

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      vgopal 4 years ago

      Awesome Lens

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      wiyadase 4 years ago

      great job...

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Wow, you are a great artist. That dragon is really cool!

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi and thanks for the feedback. . . I to have taken a screen grab of the len as 'Lens of the day' and at position one. It's great to see and plenty more to follow. . .

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @jnstewart: Thanks for the feedback, especially from another artist.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @editionh: Thanks for the feedback and have always worked in layers as it just seems natural.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @CherylsArt: Plenty more to follow and for me its just practice practice practice. . . thanks for the feedback!

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      I love the dragon art idea and the art work you shared is extremely beautiful. These creatures are fascinating me for so many years. Thanks for the lens.

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      miller83 4 years ago

      Superb lens. Loved seeing the transition from sketch to final artwork. Really impressive.

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      sbaiju 4 years ago

      great tutorial, I whish i had those tablets to work with. Imo it is much better than mouse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really liked this article on -fantasy-dragon-artâ¦..its great information..contents are understandable and worth to be noticedâ¦it is going to help people find their next insight into it....

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Hi and thanks for the feedback, with plenty more to follow from me.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @Keith J Winter: Wow. . .thanks for the feedback on this and i am going to put a few more together based on other artwork.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Wonderful. Good job

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      zafsot 4 years ago

      great lens and tutotial..thanks :)

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      Actiongames LM 4 years ago

      Interesting way to do color work with the pencil.

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      dwindhaus lm 4 years ago

      great lens, liked seeing how that came together.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Excellent lens and well presented, you are a talented artist.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow . . . if you ever did, take a picture and show me.

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      greta tutorial, nice presentation, cool work of art.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      wow. this is amazing. really amazing

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      Wonderful painting! I love dragons! We have a football team that's called "The dragons" - It's Futebol Clube do Porto! Dragons are wonderful creatures. I try to watch every movie with it! Silly, I know, but they are just wonderful fantasy creations! I also have a small Wacom tablet. It's much better than using the mouse.

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      Of course I like dragons, what a question! Otherwise, nice dragon drawings and nice page in general. Thanks for sharing. I wish I was as talentful as you to draw (but believe me, I cannot draw).

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      shewins 4 years ago

      It's so wonderful to see your step by step process and how the painting grows. I use Photoshop and Gimp to enhance photos or scanned art, but I haven't made a full on digital painting.

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      bloggerjon 4 years ago

      @shewins: Thanks for the feedback on my digital painting process. Plenty more to follow and I am putting together a similar lens now.

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