Hello, this is my first 'Making of' so please apologize me for every mistakes and missing's. I'm not a famous artist so probably you have never heard my name and seen my works before; anyway I hope you can find the content of this small and quick article interesting.
When I created the subject of this illustration I didn't know that someone would ask me to write a "Making of" so I have not maintained many intermediate steps of my work. Anyway I will try to do my best to show you the philosophy under my work.
Before starting. one last thing… if you like this image and want the hi-resolution picture, you can download it from my website www.landofsecretarts.com (of course absolutely free).
I have created this illustration for an Italian event. I live in the North of the Italy, in a land that many years ago was totally covered by a huge lake called 'Gerundo' (now it is disappear). According to the legend the guardian of this ancient lake was a huge dragon that moved between the various villages looking for its favorite food: children! I know, it sounds a little bit macabre but this is what the story says...
However, this year a local organization has decided to celebrate our ancient lake and it asked me to create a illustration for the event. The only thing they said me it was that in the image had to contain the dragon, some "pirogue" (our typical ancient boats) and of course the lake.
So I created two different proposals: one with a girl and an autumnal environment (I thought, pretty girls are always welcome!), and a second one with a summer environment and the dragon wrapped around a big tree. At the end we have decided to stay on the image with dragon and tree: this subject is more focused on the theme of the event and it has a more "fantasy style" respect to the variant with the girl.
I have imagined a story of revenge in which a desperate father challenges the monster with his small sword... he has nothing to lose, everything he had in this world is finished because of the dragon (remember, it likes to eat children!).
Behind him a small group of people that come to see the monster and this improbable fighting. They have also arrange a "big top" for this great event... humans are so intelligent and at the same time so stupid. To create the entire painting I have not used any photo references: there were no dragons in the neighborhood willing to pose for me...
BASIC TECHNIQUES AND TOOLS
The painting is totally made in Corel Painter X with a WACOM Intuos A4. For all my pieces I use mostly the standard tools already installed in Painter: they are fantastic with an incredible natural feeling so I don't need to create several personal brushes... quiet, I'm not a Corel commercial promoter simply I love this software ;) My preferred tools are "oil brushes" and absolutely the blending stumps: they are fundamental for me because they are at the base of my working process in digital and traditional works (I love drawing simply with a pencil and a paper). I like the way in which Painter melt together the colors and also the way in which it manages the paper textures. The following are the brushes and the tools that I used to create this painting.