Ways to im­prove your com­po­si­tion

Lor­land Chen draws on a range of ideas and in­flu­ences to help him pro­duce a stun­ning orig­i­nal

ImagineFX - - Issue 108 May 2014 -

Lor­land Chen ap­plies a range of ideas and in­flu­ences.

’ve al­ways had a soft spot for clas­sic chil­dren’s tales such as The Wizard of Oz, in which a clever girl ac­com­pa­nied by friendly folk go on an ad­ven­ture. I also be­lieve in rein­car­na­tion, and per­haps in my past life I was a young woman. It might ex­plain why I like paint­ing fe­males in a fan­tasy set­ting.

When I was study­ing in col­lege, I fell in love with clas­sic oil paint­ings, es­pe­cially the aes­thetic that the artists con­veyed in their work. It af­fected my views of

Ifem­i­nine beauty, which continues to this day. So, for ex­am­ple, for this piece I’m not keen on paint­ing a cartoon-like scene, but rather a real­is­tic and clas­sic im­age. The model is one of my stu­dents, who was cos­play­ing when I first pho­tographed her. The re­sults in­spired me, and I asked her to hold a par­tic­u­lar pose and made her act like an el­e­gant lady, even though she was wear­ing a larger-than-life cos­play cos­tume. This proves that artists can be in­spired by a range of sources – you just have to look be­yond the ob­vi­ous.

Clever colouris­ing When paint­ing a piece it’s tempt­ing to zoom in when colour­ing your line work. The trou­ble is that you can be­come lost in the im­age, lit­er­ally not see­ing the big pic­ture. For best re­sults, re­main zoomed out and colour your art on a new Color Burn layer. You can al­ways make ad­just­ments later on.

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