How to paint sci-fi insects, atomic explosions, light through blinds, molten glass, a sci-fi fleet and lots more!
Julie Ballhaus, England
There are a million ways to go about this. You have to first think about what you want to communicate, which will inform your composition and where you want to place your camera. You could set it at street or rooftop level, or choose an aerial view. You could make a detailed drawing with pencils, or knock out a speed painting with compound brushes.
It’s an atomic explosion, so the viewer will expect to see the mushroom cloud in the distance. It’s ripping through a city, so we’re going to need a good view of all that destruction. I’ve chosen a view from just over the rooftops of low buildings, with some skyscrapers in the distance. The entire piece will have an overall warm colour palette, with bright fire from the explosion throwing high-contrast light and shadows