I’m done with my winged panther digital painting. The background was done using Manga Studio’s water colour brush set at a really big brush size. I also tried out the snap to grid feature when drawing in the gold border. The total time taken was 5 hours, less than half the time of my previous picture so I think I will stick with this new process.
I’ve given Iyeon the Winged Panther some more definition on his hind legs and also given him some armour. The membrane of his wings now also has a redish tinge to it which I thought would look more natural – not sure when I last saw a winged panther in the wild though …
After taking 13 hours over my previous picture I thought I’d try out a faster technique. This time I’ve missed out the line drawing stage and gone straight to digital painting. I used a reference photo, Manga Studio and the Wacom Intuos3. This black panther digital painting took 2 hours. Next I will paint one with bat-wings and some armour!
Added in the light tones, tidied up a bit and added a background with a brush tool set to watercolour.
This picture has taken 14 hours in total due to me struggling with getting his legs right, changing my mind on him being topless to wearing a jacket and spending too long on the linework instead of getting straight down to the painting.
For this concept I’ve changed my technique slightly. In Manga Studio, instead of having the line layer on top and the paint layer beneath, I’ve switched it so that the paint layer is on top. This means that instead of having the line layer always visible it will now disappear as I paint over the top of it. I feel that this approach will allow me closer control on areas of detail as I paint whereas before, the line-work was obscuring the paint-work.
Total time spent on this is now at 10 hours and I have just completed “Blocking In” colour: