step-by-step for a building study
1. find out the shapes.
2. look for colors.
3. search positions for main details.
5. refine the details.
This is a bit of a teaser slash workflow video of one of the illustrations for my upcoming Art Show called Witches & Wizards. It’s happening in June 2014, Cape Town South Africa.
ILLUSTRATION: NICOLAS RIX
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"So here are some steps I took along the way and I’ll say a bit about them because people seemed interested but firstly to see it full size open the image in a new tab.
First row: I don’t have a set process and every piece is different. Most change a lot more than this one did but something I try to do with every piece is establish my overall values, colours and composition at the very start. This can sometimes take quite a while but for this painting the end of the first row is probably about an hour into the painting maybe a bit more. I use a bunch of brushes and I’m just focused on getting my big overall look.
Second row: So once the foundation is in I start working out the shapes and stuff. I looked at a bunch of horses and spend quite a while messing with the trees trying to balance out shapes and contrast. I try all sorts of brushes and smudges on various opacity and flow percentages to get marks that might work. On the last step of the row I got some suggestions from Eytan, widening the painting a bit either side and adding more snow to the trees.
Final: Changed the angle of the girls face to make the character interaction more obvious, more refining etc. The hardest and biggest part of the painting is completed in the first row. The brushes I use are just a mixture of other peoples like Jaime Jones, Sergey Kolesov and Whit Brachna so download theirs and you’ll have all of mine and more.”
eytanzana: Process for The Gathering
i’ve been rethinking ideas about composition since seeing Dan Coles work. he has a refreshing point of view. he searches for patterns like no other. in a way he breaks a lot of the conventional “rules” of image making but he does it SO well that it makes you see the world differently, which is always the goal of art isn’t it? so when i came across this boat (in Glendale!!!) i purposely looked for the pattern of the scene and not the deep space or dimensionality of it.