Learn to paint the art of darkness with visionary illustrator Jeff Simpson
y process for painting personal work gets a lot of scrutiny. “How do you make it not look like a digital painting?” “How do you achieve those textured ghostly effects?” I always try very hard to make my images look like they weren’t created digitally, or at least make them transcend the medium in which they’re created. Digital painting often has a tendency to look flat, synthetic and lifeless. I always put an emphasis on
Mmaking my characters and textures look rich and full of raw, chaotic energy. It may be a cliché, but I feel that happy accidents are one of the main driving factors in my work, and since I’m using a digital medium, the ability to experiment is almost infinite (which can, however, be a problem in its own way). In the course of this workshop there will be many points where things don’t go as planned or take an unexpected turn. However, since this was done for a magazine cover with very specific goals and guidelines, I may not be able to play around with the image as much as I normally would.
The tools I use to paint this image are pretty straightforward. I never deviate from the basic Photoshop Hard Round brush for rendering, and the textures I use are generated from a few photos of my acrylic paint palette. Most of the experimentation comes simply from altering the colours and playing with the various layer settings.