Saturday, 21 September 2013

Colour Comps - Master Studies

There are some painting exercises that will always prove helpful, no matter the experience level. Master studies are one of these, as they not only help you digest and de-construct the works of old masters, but also help hone specific skills, whether they be colour understanding, or composition structure. Here is a page of quick paintings by myself exploring colour range.

I'll be posting more of these in a couple of weeks with some tutorial work to demonstrate certain ideas, but for anyone who is struggling with an aspect of digital painting, try this exercise out. It will really help you understand why a painting works and also allow you to explore the incredible works of your favourite artists. These colour studies shown purely concentrate on colour, there is no need to worry about perspective or rendering. The purpose was to see how accurately I could replicate colour, without ever using the colour picker tool. The same exercise can be used for compositional studies, or tonal value etc. More of this to come soon.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Concept Art - Midnight Delivery

Another new piece of concept art emerges! I know, it's another dark, gloomy alley way, but this one serves a different purpose. Contrast and tonal range are really important aspects of any painting, but they are especially important when creating work that has depth and atmosphere.

This is primarily the reason for this black and white piece, experimenting with atmosphere in dark lighting such as this, whilst still trying to convey form and detail. I've currently got a few other pieces in the works, plus some small studies which I'll be posting soon. 

At the risk of sounding like a tit, I'd like to share some of the influences. Partly inspired by Dickens and the horrors of Victorian England, but also by the superb book, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. A cracking factual narrative about the Chicago World's Fair and the darkness therein.

In the coming weeks I'll be posting some tutorial related things, so keep an eye out for some free resources coming soon.