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Making of 'Little Dragon'

By Vlad Konstantinov
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Date Added: 4th July 2011
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3ds Max, Photoshop

I was happy with the appearance of my character, but the spikes on his back looked too plastic. That's why I created a new layer and, painting with a simple brush, I smoothed the relief of the comb to make him look soft. Further I selected the spikes and duplicated them to a new layer with Hard Light mode and a big value of opacity. It helped me to simulate the SSS effect. After that I created another layer with Screen mode and painted the glare on the dragon's comb with white (Fig.26).

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Fig. 26

At this stage I decided that I liked the style of my character and I started to work with the background. Mixing a few blurred photos and using color correction I got a nice environment which was suitable for my dragon, camera angle and mood of the scene (Fig.27).

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Fig. 27

After that I had to composite the character and background. It was enough to make the sky glow for that. I duplicated all the layers, merged them into a new one with Screen mode, added a strong contrast to this resulting layer and blurred it. Next, with the simple Eraser tool and opacity parameter, I tuned the glow effect (Fig.28).

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Fig. 28



And that's all! Later I finished off the second image in the same way (Fig.29).

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Fig. 29

Finally I'd like to say that the method that I described is not ideal and has some weaknesses. But it allowed me to get a nice render that matched with the author's original idea in a short amount of time. And I often use such a method in my job.

I hope that this article was interesting and useful for you, and that you could find something new here. If you want, you can ask me about any steps of this making of and I'll answer you on the 3DTotal forum. Thanks for reading!
 



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(ID: 270525, pid: 0) Mike on Fri, 25 April 2014 6:52am
Hello, a beautiful dragon. Would like to build a papercraft model. Could you provide me the file at disposal? Mfg. Mike from Germany
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(ID: 47677, pid: 0) Irendeir on Tue, 09 August 2011 8:46pm
This drawing now wallpaper on my desktop =) Fantastic Vlad! I spoke to you and once again I will repeat, it - he is a fine dragon! ;)
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(ID: 163362, pid: 866556) Swordlord (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 11:11pm
[QUOTE=Nupsi;866555]Hi Vlad,that's really a great making of. Thanks a lot for sharing!Best regards,Nupsi[/QUOTE]Hi! Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it!
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(ID: 46372, pid: 866556) Swordlord (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 11:11pm
[QUOTE=Nupsi;866555]Hi Vlad,that's really a great making of. Thanks a lot for sharing!Best regards,Nupsi[/QUOTE]Hi! Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it!
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(ID: 46370, pid: 866555) Nupsi (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 11:09pm
Hi Vlad,that's really a great making of. Thanks a lot for sharing!Best regards,Nupsi
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(ID: 163361, pid: 866555) Nupsi (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 11:09pm
Hi Vlad,that's really a great making of. Thanks a lot for sharing!Best regards,Nupsi
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(ID: 46347, pid: 866501) Swordlord (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 3:29pm
[QUOTE=Not-Registered;865861]Awesome!Really awesome. Can you say how you started modeling? With box, sphere...[/QUOTE]Thanks! Almost always I use poly-by-poly technique.
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(ID: 163360, pid: 866501) Swordlord (Forums) on Fri, 15 July 2011 3:29pm
[QUOTE=Not-Registered;865861]Awesome!Really awesome. Can you say how you started modeling? With box, sphere...[/QUOTE]Thanks! Almost always I use poly-by-poly technique.
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(ID: 45976, pid: 0) Roma on Sat, 09 July 2011 1:44pm
Awesome!Really awesome. Can you say how you started modeling? With box, sphere...
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(ID: 45819, pid: 0) Vlad on Wed, 06 July 2011 10:21pm
Thanks guys! If you want, you can give me some questions about this article and I'll be glad to answer.
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(ID: 45776, pid: 0) Peter Kvarnström on Wed, 06 July 2011 1:31pm
Great final image and I really like to see other artists workflow. Thanks!
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(ID: 45692, pid: 0) Julian on Tue, 05 July 2011 3:09pm
Great M-O thanks for sharing! Good Job!.
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