View Full Version : The Starbridge...A WIP

05-07-2003, 11:40 AM
Well I'm going to attempt a work in progress thread. I'm still really new to digital art and i have a hard time drawing with the tablet. I'm on of those people who turns my paper around when I'm drawing but that obviously doesn't work with a tablet. Anyway, I doodled this wolf anthro, liked it, and built a story/picture around the pose. I'm using Painter 7. Here I go.


The whole image, just the sketch. I prefer working on black for some reason. The sketch was done using Detail Airbrush. He's crouching/straddling two logs, looking below him at a nebula or something.


Here are the logs, roughed in using Digital Airbrush and Oil Pastel. I've since decided I don't like the way it loox and I'm going to change them.


It wasn't until I was this far into the piece that I decided to make a WIP. Sorry about that. Here I've blocked in several areas, using a couple of wolf pictures for reference so I can correctly follow the fur tracks and color patterns. Digital and Detail Airbrush with some Oil Pastel.


Here it is again, without that messy base sketch to get in the way. Arrows!


A close up of the shoulder and head. The fine hairs were done using the Detail Airbrush size 1. The Detail Airbrush is better than the Digital Airbrush of the same size because the marks it makes are clearer and darker. The Digital Airbrush is best used at larger sizes for its subtle marks. Can you see the clump patterns in the neck, shoulder, and side?


New layer. I keep switching between layers. One for base coat, one for tighter details. I actually work on the head zoomed in around 300%. Working on the neck fur, trying to get the pattern and colors right.


The legs are mostly blocked in. In this screenshot, you can see the size of the pastel I mostly use. I use the Eyedropper tool (Alt) to choose my colors. The downfall of this is that the woofer looks very flat and boring. I will fix this later....He needs some blues and purples, maybe some green.


I've blocked in the limbs in the back and I've started tightening up the details even more. At this point I see that his head is too small, his ears are shaped funny, and I'm having lots of trouble getting the fur to look soft and subtle. The arm is way too bright. Ugh. That white circle is my Airbrush.


A happy little close up, 230%.

That's all I have for now. Comments and especially Critiques are welcome. I'm going to rethink that bridge. I still wan tit to be nice and green but righht now it looks dumb. We'll see.

I hope this post works.

05-07-2003, 04:21 PM
Wow! You have a wonderful eye for detail. No critique here. If anything, I'm learning from you!

As for you wanting to flip the paper around, in photoshop you can flip the canvas around which can help with the brush strokes. I'm not sure if you want to go through the trouble of importing it back and forth from Painter, but it's an option.

Looking forward to seeing the completed version.


05-08-2003, 10:17 AM
I didn't work on thi smuch last night and this is gonna be my last post for I don't know how long...Moving to a new place and I don't know when we'll have net connection. Anyway.


I've developed the tail some more, as well as the neck, hands, and haunches. I darkened the forelimbs (arms, whatever. :3) and I've added some rich red browns to the base of the tail, side, shoulder, and behind the ear to warm it up a bit. The face still needs some rescuing. One thing I noticed...don't get to zoomed in or stay zoomed in when you are working or else you will lose sight of how the area you are working on compares to the rest of the piece. That's probably a "no duh!" thing to most people but I am still just tryin' to learn! ^^


A high quality JPG so you can see the details better.

05-08-2003, 10:39 AM
:D :clap: :clap: :clap:
Fabulous fur! Great pose!
Looking forward to seeing this finished!
jana:D ;)

05-08-2003, 01:04 PM
:clap: Stunning... great work:clap:

06-27-2003, 12:06 AM
Dragging this back from way back when. :3 I'm back, all moved, and still slowly working on this.


Here is a close up of the tail, slowly adding more detail using the Detail Airbrush, Size 1, Opacity 90%.


Full size view, more detilas, using varying amounts of pressure and using the eye dropper tool to pull colors from mixed areas to blend with. I added fur clumps to the legs, still mostly concerned with color and texture.


A close up showing all the lil squigglies that simulate fur texture.


And finally for now, what ive got done as of this moment. The front legs are blocked in and the rest of the body is getting pretty close ot being done. Then comes lighting and shadow and the background. til next time!

oh, yeah, critique away!

06-27-2003, 02:18 AM
This should be considered a classic!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Please, post this sort of WIP as often as possible. (And save them for a book on digital painting!)

It's a generous lesson.

06-27-2003, 09:11 AM
That fiercely poised critter is coming along just nicely.

Anyone that gets all the way down to this response must be really interested, so here's my favourite top secret stash of hair and fur drawing tuts:

Furry links (http://www.fignations.com/jelisa/tutorials/fur_and_hair.html)

06-27-2003, 09:38 AM
...you give great links!

:cat: :cat: :cat:

06-28-2003, 01:32 AM
*gibbers a bit*

No critiques here, especially not on this as a WIP.

Not to be too ingratiating, but where did you learn to do digitigrade? I am trying to learn, myself, and having no luck whatsoever.

And your fur...*drools*

Do you have any more furry work that I can look at?


06-28-2003, 05:58 AM
*blink* *blink* so much detail in such a small thing... I'm amazed!

06-28-2003, 08:14 PM
How is this coming, BTW? I look forward to seeing a more complete version and the final. :)

06-29-2003, 01:56 PM
Black Tigr: I have more anthro art on my web gallery, in my profile. I also scribbled this sketch for you so it might help you see what i do. I use the real animals hind legs as a base and modify them a bit.


Now then. I worked some more on the details.


The jg compression kinda makes the forelegs seem too mottlye. sorry about that. It was difficult for me to make the short stiff fur on the front limbs but i think I solved the problem. It need more work to get it to look like I want.


I also worked on the hind limbs. I hope this closeup shows how my work progresses. Most everything is still in its middle values. Nothing is quite the broghtest its gonna be of the darkest. I still have some more colors to add to punch it up some.

I've now decided on a background. I want gothic cathedral style arches, columns, whatever. My vocabulary and knowledge of this sort of architecture is sketchy at best, so hopefully I'm not making a fool out of myself (a friend already informed me that flyingbuttresses go outside). The predominate color will be gray blue. the light filtering in pale shafts will be watery yellow, fo rthe sunlight has been filtered through a massive forest outside the building. there will be green plants growing around the stonework


If you can read that sketch, I applaud your skills. :3 Its just a very basic idea.


06-29-2003, 03:18 PM
...this image is going to be so powerful when it's completed! Your proposed background is terrific.:clap:

06-29-2003, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the headsup on your page...

I guess I am just going to have to drag out my books on animal anatomy and go through them...again. For some reason, the human/animal foot anatomy combo just isn't working in my mind. Maybe more practice.

As for a classical column study? You might want to check Rex Vicat Cole's books out. Very classical architecture stuff, and good ideas to learn from. They're cheap, too. Iirc, they're about $5-15/per.

Good luck finishing this. Really want to see more. :cat:


10-11-2003, 11:37 PM
Dredging this up from the past once again!

Ive pretty much finished the wolf. Eventually I'll add the lighting and jewelry and other odd bits of clothing/decoration. As per usual, I'm very open for critiques.

Now to start roughing the background eh? ;3

Oh yeah...is it ok for me to post a few other WIP in progress pieces I've saved? They arent nearly as thorough as this one, but if it would helpf people...? Course that's assuming a lot.

10-12-2003, 02:46 PM
I would love to see your WIPs, I'm fascinated by how other people work, and its a huge help to me in my own work.

This wolf is fantastic so far!

10-15-2003, 06:18 PM
I can't really add to anything anyone else hasn't already said. My jaw just continues to drop. I'll bee looking at this like many times, I'm sure, just for the visual tips!

Thanks for posting, and I can't wait to see the bridge with all the vaults and columns!

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