Fantasy Art

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paint along with Gilead Step 11

 A thin glaze of dull color, usually house paint, on the basic shapes. Let the background texture show through.  If you have to, water it down or mix in some clear acrylic medium.

Opaque highlights with artist quality paints.  The fact that we've maintained transparency up to this point makes these elements pop out off the the surface like they were real three dimensional objects.  Your eyes are trained to look for contrasts, if a wall is covered in a unified color it will, of course appear flat.  But if it is covered in bright colors of equal intensity it will also look flat.  But if the surface has variations in dull colors and bright, rough textures and smooth, cool colors and warm, then you begin to create an illusion of depth.

If you're running through the jungle and everything around you is bright green then you can't tell what's a solid mass and what's an opening between the bushes.  If you are slow to process this visual information then you run into a tree and tigers eat you, and then the only people who leave offspring behind are the ones who can discern the slight variations in color which tell you where to run and what to go around.

Our purpose here is less dramatic but based upon the same critical instinct.

The difference you see here in the intensity of color is the difference between house paint or cheap craft paint and artist grade paints. The acrylic polymer that the pigment is floating in is probably the same in all three, but there’s a LOT more actual pigment in art paints. Plus the pigments are probably different material like red cadmium instead of iron oxide etc.

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