Cre­at­ing a dragon knight

Dis­cover how Dongjun Lu paints realism and de­tail­ing.

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This is a per­sonal piece, which I com­pleted in un­der three days. Be­fore this I was busy cre­at­ing con­cept art for a film. This as­sign­ment had lasted a num­ber of months, and be­fore mov­ing on to my next project I was keen to paint an im­age that was the op­po­site of my con­cept art. I wanted it to be re­al­is­tic and heav­ily de­tailed, and de­cided to por­tray the clas­sic fan­tasy el­e­ments of a knight and dragon. How­ever, I still had to draw on my film con­cept art ex­pe­ri­ence to achieve my goal. Be­cause I was short of time, I used tex­tures to help speed up the paint­ing process.

The ori­gins of this piece came from the sandy build­ing im­age that I even­tu­ally used in the back­ground. It gave me the idea of paint­ing a knight in the desert.

At first I toyed with the idea of de­pict­ing a knight on a horse, but then I won­dered if it might look a lit­tle odd, see­ing a horse in such a dry, hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment. So I changed my mind and set­tled in­stead on a dragon with black scales, so that it con­trasted nicely with the sandy desert.

Once I was happy with my ini­tial idea, I started to sketch out the scene.

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