Artwork by Stefanie Reville ( LINK )
And as always for those who are interested I have some work in progress breakdowns:
1) Thumbnail: As you can see I immediately worked out the greyscale, I wanted the composition to revolve around the wizard character in the middle.
2) ROUGH: More fleshed out Thumbnail, I added paws to the dragon to frame the composition better, but since I didn't want to spend a lot of time on this drawing I decided to leave it out (call it being lazy).
3) Line Art : Speaks for itself, no idea why I dropped blacks on the wizard since I decided from the start I would paint this.
4) Since most of the image would be the dragon, I decided on the color for it first and then painted in the sky.
Skip ahead a bit and you can see I was just using a darker version of the green to block in the shadow.
At this stage I still didn't paint any highlights (apart from the red eye), I just changed some of the colors on the wizard and painted in more refined shadows.
When I was happy with the overal image I then started painting in the highlights (lighter parts).
I passed it on to my buddy Eddie jensen to have a look at quick fixes, he pointed out the double hat looked kind of strange, and a lack of something on the left to guide the eye around the painting. I remedied both in the final version and also tweaked the final colors a bit.