A blog about Gilead's fantasy art. Exploring the secret fantasy world that may or may not all be inside the artist's head. Gilead shares his ideas and inspirations from the life drawing sketch all the way to the final painting. Step by steps, techniques and thoughts about models materials, pricing illustration, sign painting commercial art, galleries or just you know...life.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
After the convention I decided to do the entire image over in oil paints. The goal was to try to get away from the extreme blue/yellow contrast and reach for a little more realism.
Oil paint can be very opaque, almost like smearing out slabs of clay. It would be quite a waste to mix up a batch of muddy gray like these stones are made of, but I didn't have to. I had a bunch of half dried up paint on the palette that needed to be used up so I scooped it all together in one big pile and only mixed it a little. So as I smear the paint around with a palette knife I get an irregular color like real stone.
I also knocked out that wall on the left making it a more modern, open-concept dungeon floor-plan. So what do you think, are the stones more stone-like? They've got a lot of texture at this point and took a few days to dry.