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Crusade Against The Dragon of Doubt Video

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If you watched and appreciate the work that went into making this piece, please leave a like!

View the whole story and project here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/84217373/Crusade-Against-The-Dragon-Of-Doubt


Give my art/design blog and site a visit: https://shatteredelegance.net/


We are one and united we fight against the doubt that plagues us all as creatives.

Small, but mighty. We fight shoulder to shoulder, fighting the impossible enemy.


I'm truly proud of this; It's so cute. Thank you so much to Jazza for doing this competition. In many years of doing so much creative, this pushed me to try new things, take risks and have fun.


This piece...Oh lord, took me forever. I was so jazzed up (pardon the pun...) when I seen the video on Draw With Jazza about the Artist Army competition and I knew I wanted to enter and I had to hand illustrate it, but given my long history with Photoshop, I knew I wanted a mixed media using half traditional and half digital. So began the concept phase. Over a week ago I began thumbnailing and ended up with an idea and settled on Chibi style.

I went back and forth with the premise of famous artists, but given how many dear friends I have who I think the world of, I finally decided to showcase my talented friends at the risk of no one knowing them, but hey, you do now!

Thus, I began drawing the lineart and figured I'd take the lineart into Photoshop and color it there. I couldn't draw them in Photoshop or Illustrator the way I imagined because I don't have a tablet (hint, hint lol). I wanted control over the style and aesthetic.

I then began the long coloring phase and settled on blended colors instead of rim lighting and hard light/shadows to contrast the stark lineart. After finishing it all, putting it all together in a way I imagined, staying as true to the original concept as possible. Midway previews are here. Skin colors, hair and nuance were taken directly from photos of the artist/designer so it would be as accurate as a chibi can be. I really took a risk and used my modern calligraphy skills and did the wings traditionally for something really weird, but gives the nuance of the Doubt Dragon being something that we all think "you're not good enough" and us fighting that for the next generation.

This ended up as something unexpected and the last thing I thought I'd create and a complete breakaway from what people are used to seeing from me.


The people in this are (starting top left, clockwise) Sabrina Soto, Ronda Murphy, Kathy Dowd, Kerry Carley, Hannah Nguyen, Jennifer Morrison, Derrion Severson, Jarrod Vandenberg (myself), Michael Wiedepol, Priscilla Balderas, Sara Davis and Fola Akinyemi.

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Credits & Info

2.90 / 5.00

Aug 28, 2019
9:12 AM EDT
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects