this video was made with the help of video copilot (most of my videos are influenced by that site) using after effects (http://www.videocopilot.net/)
I didn’t like the way the background just sat there and made the dragon look like he was simply floating so i decided to change it. what i did was draw some mountainsides in illustrator suing the same method as before. using Photoshop to give some texture and brighten up the moon. now the dragon and the ground he is standing on look a similar style
details added to the illustration are the fire burning in the monsters mouth and the obvious photo “realistic” background, (comprised of several different shots of mountains and moons) color coreection and some Photoshop filters included
After the base color is set you have to make the dragon look more 3d than it actually is one way to do that is add shadows and add light. the way i do both of those things is by using the pen tool to overlay a solid black layer and then lower the opacity between 20-10 (depending on the color your shadowing.)
the large box above shows the eyes of the dragon which have more of a flare to then a solid stark color yellow i added variations of white and black to spherical it. the same can be seen in the second box the wing has a lowered opacity that will benefit once a background is behind it. but also some basic black and white figures in between the two to demonstrate depth.
step 4 will involve more details and textures along with color variation
Now that the black and white outline is established the second step is to add some color. the process i go through is creating a second layer in illustrator directly behind the outlined picture.
the top enlarged box shows the same details as step one did the only difference is that its colored further along in the process you can add shadows and light areas on the dragons body, foremost the eyes.
The second box shows the dragons wing and the difference between the front and inside of his wings, many details can be added to the dragon to show off. lowering the opacity of the wing is an effective way of showing a thin twat wing
Step 3 will involve shadows and eyes
(Tools Needed; Adobe illustrator, pen tool,)
The Vector illustration above is the first step i go through when drawing many of my pieces using the pen tool I would outline a basic sketch and use the “Fill” to make the lines thicker and smaller in certain areas.
The First Enlarged box shows off the dragons face and all the detail within it, the pen tool is used to make the darkest shadows bigger and to outline the dragons texture to come.
The Second Enlarged box shows the dragons one of many scars across his body the scar is created using the pen tool but without a fill and just a stroke technique, the reason for that is mostly subjective but i wanted the upcoming scars to have a different fell to them regarding the skin.
Step 2 will be about adding color to the illustration in illustrator
Darker color same outline but with some added texture and blurs especially to his eyes
This spiral background was created in Photoshop using basic rectangle shapes and some strokes, the robot was drawn using the pen tool, the front layer is strictly black outlining and texture. the layer behind that is the colors and shades no blur was used on this piece.
The Head of this blog was made all in illustrator, the moon light is made by a duplicate layer burred so much that it is unrecognizable and gives off the illusion of light. the trees are several triangles put together and shadow layers underneath each of them. and then my logo with some basic drop shadow technique.
A vector dragon with a more photo “realistic” background Calen-Sul means something but i forgot what i just remembered it sounded cool.