Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Thought I'd try a night scene. I can hear you gasp: 'Piya didn't paint a dragon!!???? The end of the world is nigh!!' Yes, I know I've done a ton of them, but believe it or not, I like a break once in a while! And yes, I know, painting a griffin isn't too different, but what can I say?

Anywho, I've had a bee in my bonnet about griffins being depicted only with an eagle head and lion rear. Yes, I know, that's what it says in mythology, but for heaven's sake, there's such a rich diversity of raptors and cats out there in the world; how can we not try something different??!! I'm starting to work on redefining other mythological and fantasy creatures, and I'll certainly post them here. New ideas are always welcome of course!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Old Farts

Here's my latest painting. Yes, more dragons. Hopefully this will make you chuckle a little though.

Here's the color rough. Yes, I know I barely did much on the rough stage, but I was on time crunch!!! (By the way, I usually do a full rendered pencil sketch here, but I simply didn't have that time. So I went from rough sketch straight to Photoshop. It was a bit of a roller coaster but hopefully the results speak for themselves).

And the rough sketch I did while sitting on the subway a while back. Funny thing is, it seems my best brainstorming for new pieces is done while I've got a pocket sized sketchbook. On the 11'x17' sketchbook, I can come up with character designs, but never full compositions. It seems I do better with less room. Curious.

Some New Sketches

So I did a few character design sketches based on those silhouette studies. What do you think?

I've already done a painting based on these, but you'll have to wait a few weeks to see them. I'll explain everything in due time....
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