Warden of Cherry Blossoms
Fantasy dragon in a sea of blossoms
A fantasy poster invites you to dream and explore the detailed depiction of a magic moment. An elaborate illustration for poster production.
I started with a greyscale painting for this illustration. I wanted to make sure to pin-point the focus areas with contrast first. This means lightening or darkening the picture with your brushstrokes, until you end up with a rough painting or better.
After finishing the greyscale painting, it will be colorized. It is possible to do so at the very end of the painting process or sooner - and continue working with color afterwards.
I usually use this technique as follows: I work in greyscale until I am happy with the overall look and feel of the painting, colorize and continue working out the details in color.