Digital painting tutorial Lightning Dragon speedpainting

This tutorial shows you how to draw and paint a Lightning dragon creature concept design speedpainting in electric storm scene.
In this tutorial I start with a rough idea of a dragon emerging from the cloud of electric storm. First, I use lasso tool to create the cliff in the foreground. Then I spend quite a bit of time trying to get the cloud to look like want I vision. Then I draw the shape of the dragon using flat brush. Then I paint inside the silhouette with texture brushes to creature light source and textures. I add some spikes on the tail and back light. At this point, I am only concern with shapes and lighting. Once I have my scene fully composed. Then I add some glow lightning pattern around its head and wings. At this stage, I only focus on big shapes and the overall lookof the dragon design first, no detail. After all the elements and composition is set with good lighting then we can start doing a bit more detail.After that I paint rough character in front of the dragon standing on the cliff.
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You have to first take care of the big shape then you can think about adding design and little detail.
I use a lot of normal layer and just paint like I would paint traditionally in this video. But with a lot of help from custom brushes. Hopefully this can be really helpful to you all.

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Again I usually start my image from shapes and build those shape up along with composition in mind. The lighting and value.

Tips on speedpainting. Keep it simple first and make your image clear and easy to read or identify.

Things you should focus on primarily.
1) Shapes and composition
2) Depth of field
3) Overall Design and look.

I used
-pencil HB-3b
-Canson/Utretch sketchbook
-Sketchbook Pro
-Wacom Intuos5 Medium Pen Tablet

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