Okay, after a few misfires, I've got this sort of on track. I'm pretty new to the digital painting thing, so this might be a bit too ambitious, but hey, fuck it. I'm learning something new.
Spent some time on the background, and working on the monster now, with the other pieces just roughed in loosely. You can also see my palette at the bottom, which is really maybe 5 colors tops, if you ignore the colors that are basically blends of other colors.
So I've been tossing this one around, trying to get the feel I want out of it. Earlier ideas weren't doing it for me, and the colors were kinda boring as well. I've chosen a different palette. Also, without two 'beings' in a piece there's no relationship. I usually like the idea of the human facing off against the monster, but here I want something different. A single, centered human possessed by the old god. The first of many, I'd imagine.
Working on so many things right now. I've been working on a script for a potential comic project. Learning how to oil paint. Got an album cover on my screen and the kraken piece... I've started working on this as well, using the Ctrl-Paint method I mentioned a few months back. It's based on a doodle I had kicking around for a few years that I liked...
Enlarged it and tightened up the sketch, using tracing paper:
Now here's the interesting part. I'm a very big fan of the artist Glenn Barr. I love his moody sense of color, it's very different from my own. So I decided to useborrow steal a color palette from one of his paintings and use it on this one, especially since this piece is very reminiscent, in mood and locale, of something he might do.
Here's a screengrab of where I'm at now, you can see the palette grid, and the palette at work. It has a feel that I like. I'll still need to be careful that it feels like my work, and not like I'm aping an artist I like.
I still need to get some reference for the background, stools, dartboards, etc. As if I don't spend enough time in bars...