Our team first started looking into warm and cold colours and looking at the appropriate colours that would match the Dragon Tree world. We looked into basic tree colours like blues, greens, browns and oranges but we also wanted to give the work pops of colour, possibly through the creatures that inhabited the world.
I started experimenting with different scenes and seeing what colours would match them, applying the warm and cool colours as well to see what would match the scene best. When looking into this our team discussed that it would be cooler near the face and the back of the dragon tree while the chest would be red due to the glow of the heart and the fire within the stomach or the Dragon Tree world so we considered this when choosing if the rooms would have a more cooler tone of light or a warmer tone to it depending on what they were close to.
Our team also looked into what the actual colours of the dragon should be, so I did a study into looking into the texture of the bark and took a photo of a tree to help me with the texture and painted it using water colours. I thought it would be a great way to experiment with colour by painting it in warm and cool colours and comparing then side which I loved doing, I felt like it gave it a nice presentation.
Phoebe also had different colour variations which gave us a broader choice and push into a more vibrant colour choice for the dragon tree. So as a team we came together and decided that we liked the cooler look to the dragon, so I suggested that we could made the cracked between the bark a vibrant blue while a keeping a simple look by choosing the have the bark just a cool toned brown, which everyone agreed with and then we started to discuss how the blue would then change moving into the warmer colours of the chest as well as the glow of the eye effecting how the colour would look as it would bounce on to the surrounding area. To give everyone a better idea of the detail of the bark I moved onto using Photoshop and did a quick sketch of how the bark would look like, also giving it colour variants to see if the blue undertones was truly what we wanted to go for.
I finished up a watercolour painting for the final look of the dragon and then moved on to the characters within the world. These characters were in the more cooler coloured areas so I made them more cooler colours and took into consideration their areas and if they need to be camouflaged into the background. The firefly creature that lives in the eye is a great example as I took into consideration the colour of the glow of the eye as the glow is made by the fireflies and because we all decided on green for the dragons eye I coloured the body green.
I looked at the scenes within Photoshop and worked with tonal colours first and looked a what it would look like with cold and warm colours and then used this to come up with the final design the that scene and how the light would effect the things.
I also experimented a lot with colour with the creatures which was a lot of fun, I mainly like how the teeth (monkey looking) creatures turned out personally. I definitely see room for improvement within my digital drawings, which I feel doing these projects will definitely help.