I need help de­pict­ing a freez­ing cold day. Do you have any ad­vice?

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation - Nick Lewis, Aus­tralia

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Viktoria replies

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!

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