"The Thunder Lizard" was a tumultuous new experiment with my process. I have been craving to return to traditional art, but didn't want to lose my skills in digital process. I loved the concept of the dinosaurs as Gods (God is to us as Dinosaurs are to Chickens, of course) and ran with the concept using my favorite, the brontosaurus. Brontosaurus means "Thunder Lizard," so she is placed in the storms of Jupiter. I began my process with bringing the drawing to completion. I photographed her and painted her in Photoshop, but was unhappy with the results. I knew I would make mistakes when trying to change to a new process, but it was still a disappointment. I took a step back and had her scanned and it made all the difference. I simplified to monotone colors in order to let the texture of the drawing speak for itself. It eliminated that "lost in translation" effect I was struggling with, resulting in a much more powerful finished piece.
A side note: Yes, the Brontosaurus is a dinosaur again. A skull has still not been found, but the current consensus is that the skull might have been similar to that of a diplodocus. I tried to keep the diplodocus skull structure in mind when crafting this piece.