Ques­tion

Please ex­plain how to paint fire and burn­ing em­bers Wal­ter Ospina, Canada

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An­swer David replies

Paint­ing fire can be a lit­tle tricky at first, so it helps to re­mem­ber that it’s no dif­fer­ent than paint­ing any other el­e­ment or tex­ture. To help show you how to do this I’ll cre­ate an il­lus­tra­tion, in Pho­to­shop, of a witch cre­at­ing magic around a fire pit.

Like any­thing else you want to paint, I rec­om­mend you look at real-life ref­er­ences of your sub­ject mat­ter first. With fire, you need to try to cre­ate the il­lu­sion that there’s move­ment within your im­age. Fire is a fluid el­e­ment with no real true form. Fur­ther­more, the flames are con­stantly mov­ing. They change shape and di­rec­tion based on the space around them. So, we need to try and cap­ture this in the de­sign.

I want to cre­ate the im­pres­sion that a lot of move­ment is hap­pen­ing in the fire pit. I don’t want the fire to look too static, or calm and gen­tle.

Don’t for­get, fire gives light! If you want the ef­fect to be con­vinc­ing, you need to paint light on other ob­jects within your im­age.

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