This artwork is the final piece I made for a project concerning griffins. The method which I tested first with "Surprised old man" was again used, within Adobe Photoshop.
The initial sketch is shown here, which is again done with pencil on paper.
The scanned sketch is divided into a foreground and a background layer, and some shading was done. Some composition guides were added too.
Some detail is added to the main character, and lightning bolts are added in a separate layer. Everything is again done with the dodge and burn tools.
Basic colours are applied to get some general idea on the final result. Again the colors are put in separate layers with the colour blend mode; one for the background, one fore the foreground, to avoid color mixing at the object boundaries.
Highlighting of the main character is done, and a misty effect is added in a separate quite transparent layer.
The blue colour of the lightning is added, together with reflections on the clouds, the griffin and the person. Even more detail is added to the griffin's wings.
More reflections are added.
I redrew the mist layer, and highlights are added in the clouds at the top of the lightning bolts.
Extra characters + tone adjustment
The overall tone is adapted, and two extra characters are added to the scene in the background, together with three griffins above the mountains.
The added characters are finalised with more detail and reflections.
The final piece was printed on a 60x80 cm canvas.