Step-by-step: Paint some­one who’s trapped in a glass jar

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1 I lay out the com­po­si­tion with the glass jar prom­i­nent in the fore­ground, and lay some tonal washes over the draw­ing. I keep per­spec­tive lines on a sep­a­rate layer so I can turn vis­i­bil­ity off, when nec­es­sary. I in­clude some other jars in the com­po­si­tion. The main light source will be the fire burn­ing in the range near the ogre’s feet. 2 Be­fore deal­ing with too many re­frac­tion ef­fects, I work up the form of the jar, in­tro­duc­ing a few re­flec­tions. My jar has bright re­flec­tion down its left side, but is darker down the other side. I block in some ex­ag­ger­ated dis­tor­tion of the ta­ble top and blue jar, and have light com­ing through the mid­dle. 3 I work up the jar’s edges (translu­cent wa­ter­colour), bring­ing a few glints where the light catches the thick­ness of the glass, us­ing an Opaque Chalk tool. I al­ter the shapes of what can be seen through the glass, and soften edges. I also add some wa­ter droplets and con­den­sa­tion to help de­fine the sur­face nearer the viewer.

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