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Monster Soup :: pages 13-14 by shirotsuki Monster Soup :: pages 13-14 by shirotsuki
Before starting this illustration, I tried working up color digitally from a grayscale image. That's sorta turned backwards now, with local color being developed in traditional media, and then using photoshop as a means to enhance the tone, colors, and details only where necessary. It takes forever. Seriously it does, this took over 60 hours to complete.

I'm currently on my third piece for this project, and the process has come a long way. I'll be excited to share that one when it's ready!

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Tools: graphite, watercolor, gouache, soft pastel, charcoal, colored pencil, Photoshop CS4

final size: 14" x 22"

Please do not reuse my artwork without my permission.
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:iconsydniart:
sydniart Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is stunning o.O
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fwipination Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous watercolors and great movement in this. I love your design on the dragon.
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arefugarudo Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
oh god that dragon is beautiful...the swooping feeling of the underwings into the chest and legs
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horse-spirit13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! The colors are so soft and pastel-looking. Good job!
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oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012   Artist
amazing..:wow:..
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LadyofLute Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so light and airy...you can really get a feel for flight...the soft, crisp detail! Amazing! :eager: Also love the waving ripple of the grass. Definitely believe the 60+ hours you put in.
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SpecialVampireDoll Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
:iconiloveyouplz: OH. My. Gosh.
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:iconchiichiichan94:
Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesiiime
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!
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zapenstap Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
lovely! This came up for me in Google on an image search for Tumblr Monster. No idea why.... But I'm glad I found this picture.
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Artist
So very delicate. I love this style! Beautiful perspective on the dragon, really adds to the composition.
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Neesboy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
(Found this from your favorites. XP) Lovely piece! The painting is downright gorgeous.
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Siihraya Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
very impressive and a great idea
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:icontaivaas:
taivaas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
nice! :) i love the detail, amazing job!
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:iconfrazzlefang:
FrazzleFang Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am in absolute awe. There is so much detail to look at; a very enchanting masterpiece! Love it!
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Gigicom Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
this is gorgeous :wow: really impresive
I like the dragon design and perspective
:+fav:
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:iconelya667:
elya667 Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
oh that's so beautiful :heart: *O*
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:iconxgesshuu:
xGesshuu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I can't believe that with simple crayons someone can make one drawing so wonderful like this
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:iconinkdweller:
inkdweller Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! ^^ The dragon design with it's flowing mane plus the grass billowing under the wind of it's wings makes for a very graceful effect. It's an interesting point of view and the way the blue of the sky tints the dragon in shadow and the gold of the dragon is seen somewhat in the grass really unifies the picture nicely.
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tempestofazure Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
is the tutorial for this process available on that comictutorials site?
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:iconlunarwingsart:
LunarwingsArt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful dragon!
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SwampFoxTheThird Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Love the dragon! The colors are really nice on this. :)
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Gorgeous Design On The Dragon!!!
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:iconforeverain:
ForeveRain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Can I fast forward time and read the book now? :)
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:iconsoradioactive:
soradioactive Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
gosh, you create such lovely art! this peice is just wonderful.
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:iconamberjorr:
AmberJorr Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I love how elegant the dragon is, and the contrast between the dragon's large size and the cooks is very striking!
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:iconalatier:
Alatier Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
This is brilliant!! So much detail. I love the colourscheme and that flying beast!
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:icontwistedsynapses:
TwistedSynapses Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really beautiful
I love all the movement
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Took forever, but the result is very impressive!
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:iconkiher:
Kiher Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
omg
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:iconbeciass:
Beciass Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
as always amazing *___*
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:iconookamiotokoo:
Ookamiotokoo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
B-e-a-UTIFUL!!!! :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconsusiron:
Susiron Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow, this is stunning!
The flowing quality is absolutely beautiful and the windblown effect on the ground very well done!
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:iconnexyines:
NexyInes Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I fell in love with this creature :) soo loving the colors.
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KaiBot Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
very nice... I am loving the soft texture... o.o 60 hours... how do you sit still that long >.<
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:icondagionax:
Dagionax Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing! The colours are so, magical!
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:icongutheory:
gutheory Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Photographer
Great work..:)
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
time makes great art, I must say
and patience is always the key
I'm really looking forward on seeing the finished product

by the way, may I share your art with others?
I will put whatever you require of
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Mad--Hatter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Looks great. I love the vantage point.
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:iconneed-le:
need-le Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
wow...this is a lot of work...love the colors :love:
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:iconsweepblackdust:
SweepBlackDust Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, man, it's so beautiful... The composition, the colors... it's just a great moment in time augh *_*
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KootiesMom Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Glorious!
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how graceful the dragon looks <3 Beautiful artwork :)
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GlassGuitar95 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Artist
I do rather enjoy the whole wind blast feel of the image
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lost-4-wordz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
so BEAUTIFUL!!! :)
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Captain-Poppy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Man every time I turn around you just get more and more awesome :/ stop that. Or I'll never catch up xD
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LyssieMil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
:O :wow: Incredible talent!
~Chieko
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Aikodea Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOA
That is cool!!!
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Naiave-ShadowMoon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
well worth the effort! the detailing isn't lost in the transition from grayscale to colour!
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic and beautiful work.
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