A very useful insight into your work process, thank you! The details on lighting and composition tricks are particularly useful, as well as the idea of using one unifying warm colour underneath the cool ones (I can often see this technique in finished images, but am never quite sure how to start with it myself). Thanks again for sharing this!
HappyHenryFeatured By OwnerJul 17, 2011Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great tutorial and inspiring words. I have to comment on your statement, "..."Thats what keeps me eager to start on the next..." That is inspiring! I am just learning to let go and paint with the realization that THIS one may not be perfect but I shall continue to paint another and another... This is a great tutorial, thank you.
Very informative. I particularly appreciated what you had to say about the use of overlay and multiply functions; it's always seemed to me that a refusal to use these tools is simply a refusal to fully utilise the digital medium - the use of them is in no way "less artistic" than a refusal to use them, and with my background in oil painting I can certainly agree that they in fact function in much the same way as a wash of paint thinned with a combination of linseed oil and turps.
Ah, excellent, was hoping you'd put up something about this one.
That dark wine colour to the left of the catcher still has me totally mystified -- the colour choice I mean. It really livens up that space, but I'd never think to use it in that context. If you have time, I'd love to hear how you arrived at it.
Thanks for posting this, always helpful to hear the thoughts behind a painting.
Like you said, the deep red-violet there is mainly intended to liven up the area. There are several reasons you might want to us a color in that way. Purples work well in shadows because they are a transition from warm to cool. You can see that color used in many of the dark areas, like on the tree. I could have left only the dull darkness there, but it didn't seem appropriate for a magical forest. Had this been a more realistic painting, I would have used more grays and less colors in general. In some ways it is also a bit random even to me though. I tend to toss colors around and hope they land in interesting places. It keeps the image fresh after many hours of noodling.
Colors can be very wild and unnatural as long as the values are kept in order. I hope this helps!
Yes, that helps, and makes me think... It's hard to break out of slavery-to-reference. I guess I just have to go totally wild with some test paintings (digital doesn't cost much, thank heavens) and then tone it down from there.
Different to what I'm used to but it obviously it works well Yeah, people who draw complex characters or architecture without lines amaze me, less important features like tress and such can just be drawn right off the bat line-free, but intricate stuff that has to be a certain way is easy to forget so I'd rather draw them out first too
Yeah, I've been drawing more lately in general. I think I am going to start drawing on paper and scanning them in, because even after years of use, the tablet is so unnatural. What should take seconds to establish a clean line, takes minutes. I am also finding it really hard to create good looking digital brush strokes, they require a lot of effort.
Thanks for your comments BTW, I can always count on you!