ArtRage paintings

ArtRage is a really fantastic little app for Android, that I use almost constantly. It’s an app geared at people with a Samsung Note Tab or Phone, because it takes great advantage of the pressure sensitivity of the Note pen, but I believe it can be used with fingers as well, easily enough, though I myself have never tried it that way.

Until now, ArtRage is the best app I could find for painting, because it enables the user to use a variety of tools that mimic traditional mediums, like pencils, felt tip pens, watercolours and oil paint —my favourite by far.

When I am waiting between lectures at uni it’s the perfect tool for me to pass the time.

Here are the latest examples of paintings I did using ArtRage on my Galaxy NotePro tablet:

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Lord Diarmat – Progress report 1

Lord Diarmat is a minor character from the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy book series, written by Michelle Sagara. He shares the same universe with the Eternal Dragon Emperor, Dariandaros, from my previous post.

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Lord Diarmat is one of my absolute favourite characters, ever. He prises rules, respect, proper behaviour, diligence and dedication above all. He does not tolerate tardiness, laze, disrespect or favouritism. Such character types immediately grab my attention. Thus, despite appearing seldom in the books, Lord Diarmat has managed to create a fascination —bordering on obsession— in me, that has lasted for 5 years now… and it’s still going strong.

Over the years I have drawn him numerous times and I knew, one day, I will create a 3D character of him.

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Artwork of Lord Diarmat and Kaylin Neya (main character of the series), in a non-canonical relationship.

I have now finally started work on this project.

Unlike previous characters I have created, I decided to go about this slightly differently.

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The Eternal Dragon Emperor – Making of

Back in February this year, during the 2nd semester of my 2nd year at University studying Computer Games Art, we started a module called “Creative Portfolio Development“. Ignoring the fancy title, in a nutshell this module was all about doing one project that interested us and helped develop skills in our chosen fields. The subject could be anything we wanted. Needless to say that, to date, this was my favourite module at Uni.

Wishing to be a Character artist, my project’s focus was the creation of a high quality, animation friendly game character.  I have chosen the Eternal Dragon Emperor, Dariandaros from my favourite urban fantasy book series; “The Chronicles of Elantra” by Michelle Sagara, as the star of this project.

I got a bit ambitious and decided to also create a 3d environment for him in my spare time. Though I love environment art greatly, I do not feel the same passion for it as for character art, and thus, I often neglect it, even avoid it in favour of doing more character based work. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to force myself to focus on the environment as well as, the character.

 

Boy, was I fooling myself. I did not factor in just how extensively time-consuming my other module, “The Journeyman Project” would be. What spare time? I barely had time to even finish Dariandaros, much less work on an environment. So though the environment was started, and is about 75% finished, it never actually got finalized. Not yet, anyway.

 

But I digress.

As with every project I started sketching out ideas. I mainly focused on the robes of the Emperor. The style, the cut, the colour scheme. I created many variations on this to try and get a sense of what might work best for an immortal dragon Emperor.

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