Figure paintings this week, all of these from photo reference by Hong Ly (characterdesigns.com). His photo sets are always a nice challenge to paint from because they often have more interesting lighting conditions than the typical single light source (that many artists admittedly love to paint from), or the photos that are uniformly lit from all angles (which is, like, 99% of all photo reference).
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Back to personal paintings, with a good bunch of fantasy-themed pieces this week. Some of them skew kind of dark, but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve been wanting to do a Medusa for a while, too, so it’s nice to have gotten to do that this week.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
This week, self-portraits! With very dramatic lighting.
So I’m trying something different this week, painting from my own photo reference. I recently picked up a basic photography lighting setup so I could take better reference photos, and actually control the lighting the way I want.
The setup I’m using is essentially the exact setup described on Strobist’s Lighting 101 guide (external flash mounted on a light stand, connected to the camera using a sync kit). My setup is actually even more spare than that, because I didn’t even use an umbrella to diffuse the light — just a direct flash. But this way I get those dramatic, interesting cast shadows that painters love and photographers always want to avoid.