I need help depicting a freezing cold day. Do you have any advice?
Coming from Sweden, I’m used to putting up with four months of freezing cold every single year. So I know exactly how you can paint a horribly cold day. Simply paint a horribly freezing person or people in an ice- cold environment. That should make the image feel really frosty, because it gives people something to relate to.
To paint a freezing person it’s good to either draw from memory or put yourself in that person’s shoes if you’ve never experienced a cold winter. Imagine how you would feel being chilled to the bone. You’d probably be shivering. Your nose would be running and your eyes would water in the cold air. You’d probably hunch up in your thick winter jacket, maybe hug yourself in a futile attempt to warm up a little. Your cheeks and nose and ears would be reddened, and your breath would condense in a cloud before you. There could be snow falling and everything in your scene could be covered with frost, snow and icicles.
Red cheeks, ears and nose hint at the freezing temperatures, and don’t forget the watery eyes!