Q&A: a glass face

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Danc­ing Queen, Scot­land

Naiha replies

When paint­ing a glass face, re­mem­ber that high­lights will ap­pear on the op­po­site sur­face and wher­ever the glass ‘turns’. This is usu­ally where the shad­ows will be on any other opaque ma­te­rial, such as wood or plas­tic. Not all light will pass through the ob­ject. Some sur­face re­flec­tion will also be vis­i­ble where the light hits the glass. There’ll be no sharp high­lights on this sur­face. How­ever, sharp high­lights will form where the glass turns ‘ in­wards’, such as the bot­tom of the nose and the chin if the light source is present above the face. This is the sur­face that di­rectly re­ceives the light pass­ing through the glass.

I start by sketch­ing a face in white. Then I add the dark­est colour in my pal­ette to the cen­tre where the light will pass through. I keep almost all the bound­aries lighter be­cause th­ese are curved sur­faces. I dis­tort a few of the lines that pass be­hind the glass face to en­hance the three-di­men­sional feel of the face.

Christ­mas 2014

Com­bine the prin­ci­ples of light to come up with a form. The type of glass will de­ter­mine the ap­pear­ance of the face. Light not only re­flects off glass but passes through, re­fracts and dis­torts.

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