Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Dignity and Digital Painting

I've been practising drawing using my phone. I have a Wacom graphics tablet for my PC, but I prefer the experience of being able to draw on the surface where the image is, if that makes sense. I am still getting used to the difference in control between pencils and a tablet and I miss the natural messiness of real world materials. However, it easier to record progress on digital art, to share it with others and to adjust for one's inevitable mistakes...
This is the first larger piece I have worked on. It is based on a photo I took in the Spanish town of Jerez. I am absolutely fascinated by the abandoned and the decaying, so although this might not seem like the obvious choice of subject matter I enjoyed painting it and am pleased with the results. It is also a bit of a comedy piece - I was thinking about the film Labyrinth and the character of Shale from Dragonage: Origins.

This was the initial sketch I did - I try and do the sketch in a contrasting tone to the end piece so I can easily pick it out. I really like the dark orange/teal combo on this one - almost wish I'd done something different with the colours.

After doing some colour blocking and basic shading I started putting on the detail.

I accidentally blended the background layer with the teal colour-blocking layer, which made it more difficult to edit either. I also felt I'd made the background a bit too dark, which distracted from the statues so I erased it.

This is ostensibly the finished piece, although I am considering reversing my earlier choice to lighten up the wall in the background. While it emphasises the statues, it means the white pigeons are kind of lost, and the picture seems a bit sanitised somehow.

I would be really interested to hear from anyone else who likes painting abandoned places/scenes. You can find me on DeviantArt or Twitter (@LucySaintSmith)

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