Drawing I did for a friend of mine.
It's her character, Tailgate. He's kinda like a griffon... thing.
Go ahead and reverse Google search it if you don't believe me that I drew this.
I know it looks awful. That's my fault. I wanted to start, finish, and upload all on the same day, and this was my first foray into fur texturing a character to be as believable as possible, so it was rushed and sloppy, and I did stupid things that hurt the image quality in the end. I could have stood to deviate from the source material just a little.
That's the thing that makes me better than most freelance artists. You ask me to make a drawing of a character, I will excessively analyze that character down to the nth detail, and I will go back to the reference material over and over and over until my version looks as close to the original material as I can get it to be in the selected style.
Could have taken more liberties... Also should have worked the custom brush I'd made for hair so that it looked less like faux fur, but I didn't want to waste a bunch of time just doing that. And initially, I wasn't even planning to hyper detail the image.
Another mistake I made was a lack of planning. I didn't really put any thought into how I was going to shade it until I had already done an hour and a half worth of work that ended up being unnecessary in the end, anyway... There wasn't meant to be much shading until I started deciding I'd detail it to the extreme.
By the way, that kind of detail work isn't something you just sit down and have Photoshop take care of automatically. The only things photoshop did for me was making the gradient on his beak. The hair you see all over the character's body was entirely me. There is no "realistic hair" option in photoshop. The way the hair flows across the body like an actual animal had to be done 100% manually, turning a 1 hour drawing into an 18-ish hour drawing. (Probably would have been shorter if photoshop hadn't crashed my computer, wiping out all of the custom brushes I'd made specifically for this image, forcing me to recreate them all, and then photoshop crashed itself not long after that, wiping out all of my custom brushes a second time. Strangely, the image survived both times (because I was spastically saving) but not a single one of the bushes survived. In fact, closing photoshop down for the night, last night, also erased them a third time, all but the brush I had used the most.
You might be wondering why my version looks so angry if I attempted to make it as close to the source as I could get it.
I went into the drawing intending to give Tailgate the look and demeanor of my favorite Bleach character, Ulquiorra, just because the contrast amused me. Tailgate is so cute and fluffy, Ulquiorra is blank and cold. So I gave Tailgate the expression and face paint Ulquiorra wears. Turns out, Tailgate wears the look well.
If only I'd put more time and planning into it.
Oh well. She didn't pay anything for it. It was a surprise gift, and she loved it anyway.