July 22, 2011

Then With a Roar that Shook All Narnia...

Hey everyone,

Last week I came up with the crazy idea to do a digital painting: not a simple practice painting (although it certainly taught me many things), but one that would challenge me a bit more.  I wanted to paint something that I would enjoy working on.  I'm happy to say that it most certainly fit that criteria:

So this is what has kept me busy during the last week-and-a-half or so.  As the painting came closer to completion, I became more and more eager to work on it.  I used an image from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a reference for the painting.  The biggest problem I had was that I was painting this on my laptop monitor.  Everything looked great, but not on different monitors.  I compared the image on a bunch of different computers.  I found out that I didn't like the colours on the majority of them, hence the colour-correction of the final image.  It now looks more like the painting I initially painted on my laptop.

I figured it would be nice to post my steps through the painting process, so here goes:
A simple sketch: the origin of the whole thing.

I added the basic islands of colour and experimented with the background colour I liked the most.

I moved the head up slightly, just to give the roar that extra bit of power ;)

The rendering begins!

I did some other minor corrections; mainly the tail.

This is where I had saved the best (worst!) for last.  The mane...

They proved to be an interesting challenge, but I'm happy with how they turned out.

 A few corrections in colour, contrast and detail.

 Here I started working on the rocks.  This provided me with some challenges.

Some final changes before starting to work on the sky.

And that's it!  I really liked painting this, and I might actually do another one in the near-future.


  1. Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing waaaaaaaaaaaaaauwwwww.
    We're proud to be your parents.

    Dad and Mam

  2. Really nice 8SilverSky! It almost looks real! And it's really cool how you put the whole process here! Keep up the good work!

    (De_De from NW)