Uploaded on May 26, 2008
Features of the Mountains
Dreadfully sorry about the lengthy delay; I've been tied up for a bit. As an apology, I shall set about answering some of the questions which have been popping up regarding previous installments in this project:
Q. How long has it taken to make this dragon?
A. As you no doubt are able to tell, I am something of a neophyte with computerized art, and as such went with the traditional oil painting techniques, which involve creating an extremely high-quality sketch before adding any colour. The sketch (which covers Parts 1-7) was done over the course of a couple of months, though the actual time spent working on it directly likely totalled around six hours or so.
Q. Did you come up with the storyline for the dragon?
A. I did have some influence here and there. ;)
Q. Is the dog near the end of Part 5 Mocha, your German Shepherd Dog?
A. Yes. She's 3 years old, 92 pounds, just big enough to be an Alaskan Timber Wolf, and has a penchant for falling asleep next to my computer desk.
Q. How long have you practiced?
A. Well, to make a long story short, I was told at a very young age that I had a talent for drawing, rested on my laurels without improving my art for ten years, then learned the finer points when I actually started trying to draw as a marketable skill. As the saying goes, 'practice gives XP, and XP builds levels' (or something like that ;)), and I believe that just as there are no people who truly can't sing, there are no people who truly can't draw, either; it just takes practice and training! Two things that vastly improve the look of your work beyond the initial stages are shadow and detail; master those, and its just a matter of mastering the look of what you wish to draw!
Q. tigerfire12 says: "I can draw a fairly good dragon. The only thing I can't get are the claws. Anyone got advice?"
A. Long nails help a bit ;), but to produce the most realistic claws, decide what animal style you want your dragon to be based on (bird, reptile, mammal, dinosaur, etc.) and look at real-world examples of said animal's claws (or fossil/illustration/cg examples in the case of the dinosaurs).
Q. Was the random singing in Part 8 from Disney's The Little Mermaid?
A. Yes (it's easy to get 'Part of Your World' confused with Aladdin's 'A Whole New World' ;)). I shall take this moment to mention that yes, I am taping over previous recordings to make this tutorial. You shall also find in an earlier part split-second footage of an animatronic sauropod from a 2007 excursion to the Metro Toronto Zoo!
Q. When will you be able to clue us in on Kazdrea? Is it a book?
A. As of yet I can't do too much more to clue you in on Kazdrea, though I have snuck tidbits of material into the videos (keep an eye out for a bit of the continental map and a few ancient runes from the world's first written language of dragons). Yes, Kazdrea is a book, but it is also so much more! ;)
Next time we'll deal with dragon scales!
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