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.

Alina

The way strong light illuminates and scatters through hair has always been a fascinating phenomenon to me. It looks so great. Any sort of rim lighting always makes things look more interesting.

[Update] Alina liked it.

Wilde words

After watching The Words tonight I felt compelled to paint this striking shot from the movie.
Done in photoshop in about an hour.

I feel this film deserves more recognition than it got, it’s a surprisingly heartfelt story about people and the mistakes they make. If you haven’t seen it, it deserves a look.