With habits like yours…

Poirot and Bouc catching up, from Murder On The Orient Express.

Had to pause this movie a few times to snap drawing reference, the colors and compositions are fantastic.

This is the first digital painting I completed in Procreate for iPad. I miss some of the finer control of a Wacom + Photoshop, but it’s definitely powerful and fun. And the great thing is it also saves a timelapse!

Color values

Painting color is a tricky thing. It´s easy to slap a few flat colors on something but to make them a harmonious whole, to know where to apply those tonal differences, that´s the hard part. Since I´ve started doing color studies the past few weeks I´m already starting to notice that where applying color and light once filled me with a minor sense of dread, it is now slowly becoming automatism. It is training to see more than training to paint, really.

The payoff comes when backing away from the image and seeing it become indistinguishable from a photograph, color-wise at least.