Wood Guardian

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Wood Guardian

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Proof of originality AKA work-in-progress peek: http://sta.sh/020ta2ebv82y

So... When seeing the challenge title I start thinking, what's the difference that makes traditional and digital art so different?

I can think of two things:

1, traditional art is the art of subtraction, as paint on paper absorbs light, while digital art is the art of addition, as the screen emits light. That's usually how I handle these two type of arts.

2, traditional art is imperfect, there's always some flaws, and that make things look rough and awesome. Digital art is more of, very smooth and easy to put detail, while texturing would look kinda lack of variety.

And that's it. I've been drawing strange monsters all the time, so, this time it make sense to have some ridiculous looking monster. This is an "experimental" art after all.

While the challenge asks to show the contrast, well, the two kinds of art should be able to blend in well. Thus, this pic is supposed to look like both traditional and digital art, rather than slapping two pices of diferent art one on top of another.

The inking is done with pencil (when I want rough line) and Wacom Bamboo (when I want smooth line). The base color is done with coloring pen and have texture (a job not suitable to be done digitally) while all the parts that are supposed to glow is done with very saturated bright color and have the blooming effect to stand out (something that traditional method can't quite achieve).

The background is done in both traditional and digital method as well. The grass and the tree trunk should have texture, and thus are done via coloring pen traditionally, while the sky and the "leaves" emits light, and thus is done digitally.

Background and foreground is done separately on paper and combined together on computer, which allows me to add shadow and blooming, and to be honest I'm actually surprised how well the monster blends into the background. I thought that it would look like two pics being combined together but, the seam is really hard to notice.

By the way, when scanning the pencil strokes the first time, the pic looks a bit dirty. But rather than erasing all the dirts, I decided that they should stay, and I only erased the paper edge to help the blending. That actually works pretty well, to be honest, and it makes the digital part "kinda like traditional but clearly not".


Oh and, by the way, if you want to see more of my artworks, consider also paying a visit to my DeviantArt page: flamerat-yehlon.deviantart.com

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Apr 9, 2017 | 10:50 AM EDT
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