Master light in Photoshop
Takes you through his process for creating an atmospheric character illustration, with the emphasis on how light plays in the scene
Olly Lawson creates an atmospheric character.
ight is at the heart of every picture, so it’s in our best interests to try and understand it. Tame it to do your bidding and you’re well on the way to creating a successful illustration.
I like to paint whatever’s floating my boat, and having played a lot of chess lately I’ve decided to play with some of its more famous tropes to create something engaging. I’m very enthusiastic about the idea of outside interests affecting one’s
Lart. I feel the least inspired when sitting at my work desk, which can obviously lead to some problems. Taking walks, travelling, reading books and other ‘ distractions’ like a game of chess all help to generate ideas for my pictures, and this workshop draws on all of these
I was sketching out ideas for what to paint for a workshop, when my good friend and illustrator Connor Adams suggested we play chess. Of course I gave into this distraction, but I realised mid- game that if I’m more interested in playing chess than painting, why not mix up these passions and use chess in the picture? Suddenly I realised plenty of scenes to paint, and commenced the illustration with a strong idea in mind.
I find my best pictures work out when I can first visualise the idea, especially when the idea is one that seems both original and challenging to me. How do you bring excitement to an idea of a girl playing chess?