THE BEAUTY OF BLACK & WHITE
10 artists who will change the way you paint
Welcome to my third ImagineFX cover and workshop! It feels a little crazy to write that. I was pretty taken aback at being commissioned again, but when the ImagineFX team told me they saw my Fool’s Gold image and wanted to create a cover inspired by it, how could I resist?
As you can tell from the cover, this workshop is all about the power of painting in black in white. There’s something very raw and highly enjoyable about foregoing colour and embracing black and white. Admittedly, there’s a splash or two of gold in there, but the majority of the painting is monochrome. I’m starting with a fairly open brief to begin with, but gradually we settle on a powerful, winged, illuminated figure.
There’s a plethora of inspirations available for black and white art lovers, but I’m particularly inspired by artists such as Brad Kunkle, Yoann Lossel and Rebecca Yanovskaya. All of their art is gorgeous and each of them has an interesting take on monochrome palettes often complemented by splashes of metallic gold. That colour palette never fails to look gorgeous. I think if you’re really inspired by a colour palette, no one owns it and you should always feel free to try out your take on it!
I had lots of fun painting the cover, so I hope that whatever insights I can share in this workshop are helpful, and inspire you to crack out the digital paintbrush!