Ref­er­ence and re­search

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

To cre­ate a be­liev­able world we need to un­der­stand the world around us. I spend time look­ing for pho­tos and art for colour ideas and in­spi­ra­tion. If I pick well, I can take the colours from images and the ideas of shapes and forms from an­other to cre­ate some­thing new. Here, I take light and colour in­spi­ra­tion from Al­bert Bier­stadt’s Rocky Moun­tain Land­scape.

Find the fill light

I think about each light source in­de­pen­dently, and the eas­i­est one to start with is the fill light. If you’re out­doors that will be the blue of the sky: a soft light source with soft shad­ows. So I fill the frame with a solid colour that’s the colour I want my fill light to be. I then use darker and lighter ver­sions of this colour to paint in soft shad­ows.

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