Dragon Soul – The Process

The process of the painting started off as a rough sketch in my sketchbook. I placed tracing paper over the sketch to draw the final lines with a Staedtler fineliner. I scanned the finished tracing in to Photoshop to edit some more. I wanted to make sure in the final painting, everything was in perfect proportion.

On a separate sheet of watercolour paper, I painted the background sky blue first, then left to dry. I printed out the edited line drawing on to A4 print paper with a lightened opacity, this was so I could draw over it and then press it on to the watercolour paper. I used it as my guide as I was painting.

The Original Sketch

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The Tracing

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Sakura Season

Sakura Season

Today is the start of the cherry blossom season in Japan and I like to think that instead of Sasuke doing something for Valentines with Sakura, he waits until cherry blossom season and picks her flowers. We all know he isn’t the romantic type, but he is thoughtful!

I have also made a time lapse video of the process of this picture, do take a look.