To stick to the topic of dragons: here a drawing of the dragon Nightfury plus girl I made today, inspired by "How to train your dragon", the cute children's movie with even cuter dragons. I've been drawing things now and then on my Wacom tablet, and I guess I'm more or less okay with this result. Nightfury looks a lot... scarier than it actually is on this picture, but that's sort of fun.
I'm still frustrated with Photoshop. Perhaps I'm just bad at browsing, but each tiny thing I want to do requires half an hour of searching the internet. Sometimes I just really can't find it. How do I get colours to shift gradually, as is so easy to do with real pencil and paper? How do I get a line that looks as if it's made by a real pencil? How do I use the fill bucket tool? Things I still haven't been able to find. So here's two things I learned from making this picture, for future personal reference (and who knows, it might help someone else out as well):
How to create a circle:
- Change the main colour to what you want you want to be the colour of your circle
- Select the shape tool (press U / 7th icon from below on the left bar)
- Right-click on the icon and select the Ellipse tool
- Hold shift while dragging to create a perfect circle instead of an ellipse
I don't know the official way for not filling the circle automatically, but I'm glad I didn't need that option for this drawing.
How to change the background colour:
- Change the main colour to what you want to be the colour of your background
- Select the background layer
- Click alt/option + delete
Remember, this is how it works on Photoshop CS6 13.0 on a Mac. It might work different with another version and there might be better ways. These are just simple solutions that work for me.