Haha, yeah, I used to start painting a lot earlier but I've learned as the years go on that most of the problems in my artwork happened because of not spending enough time at the drawing stage, so I try to clean up the lines as much as possible before starting the render.
Haha, thanks! I'm afraid there's really no secret to it, it's just an application of light and form fundamentals and the patience to noodle on things for hours until they look right, haha. If you want to study the subjects I'd definitely recommend James Gurney's book Color and Light.
The amount of detail and precision is staggering and commendable!! You truly love what you do, and it is lucidly evident!! Your solid time, effort, imagination, and talent have paid off!! Keep up the tremendous labor!!!
The step-by-step endeavor enables others to see what it takes in order to complete an art piece of this magnitude!!
haha, yeah condesning a 40 hour painting in to a 30 second gif definitely makes it seem simple. xD
As far as the swirly blue line, that was mainly a compositional thing. I was trying to figure out how to position the tail (the red lines) and after a few attempts realized I was just trying to cram the tail in to the corner without connecting it to the rest of the piece. So I used the swirly blue line to find some of the implied lines the elements in the piece were making, and then was able to use the tail to add to that motion and lead the eye back towards the other important elements, so it fit compositionally.
Wow, I am seriously ignorant when it comes to composition. I wouldn't have even considered how all the disparate elements, like a tail, would fit together in the picture as a whole (let alone implied lines and such). When I used to draw, it was just to get an image down so other people could see what I was thinking about. I guess that just made me close to a beginner in the craft.
And that's why I abandoned graphic design as a career path long ago.
Haha, they're in the final image, they just ended up being hard to see cause they're pretty thin and are obscured by the armor. And thanks, glad you like it!
And yeah, I used a bunch of reference. I didn't have like singular references that I exactly copied, but I gathered a bunch of different pieces as inspiration and to help fill in little details that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. So reference to provide information more than to copy. Except the hands, I shot direct ref for those.
You're extremely talented! Very inspirational to watch. Thank you!
Sometimes you see these amazing pieces of art and it makes you think, "How the hell did they do this, it might as well be MAGIC for all I can see!?". These step by step gifs really are inspiring, showing how simple it starts off is truly motivating.