Monday, January 23, 2012
Happy Year of the Dragon
This is my first commissioned dragon from back in the early 80's. I was fresh out of art school and fortunate enough to get some fairly steady jobs doing video covers. This was used in the logo of a Kung Fu movie. It was done in airbrush and Prisma Color pencils.
I Had studied oriental art history at East LA City College which really helped me flesh out the design on this one. A very fun piece to do and one I still own.
I had never worked on a computer before but was given one to learn on. At one point they switched us to Apple computers, Photoshop 1 wasn't yet available on standard PC's nor was the main publishing tool of Quark Xpress.
While experimenting with Photoshop I realized it was also a great painting tool. It was extremely clumsy using a mouse to paint and draw with but when I showed my bosses what I could do with it they allowed me to do the Quest for Glory 1 remake cover completely in Photoshop. This is how it came out. Probably one of the first published illustrations done completely in Photoshop. Circa 1992.
My style of drawing dragons will probably always be heavily influenced by Chinese dragons and my first interpretation of them. This blue one was another done completely in Photoshop.
My current art has been focusing on local landscapes. I love painting with a brush and acrylics. My only complaint about doing things the old fashioned way is not having an undo button. :o)