Please ex­plain how to de­pict stone col­umns

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation | Artist Q&A - Do­minic Hud­son, Eng­land

An­swer David replies

To paint nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als cor­rectly, you need an un­der­stand­ing of how light re­acts with cer­tain sur­faces. If the sur­face is rough, like stone, you’ll have to con­trol a more lim­ited use of val­ues so that the tex­ture doesn’t ap­pear too shiny or re­flec­tive. As well as this, think about the gen­eral shape you’re try­ing to cre­ate. Is it a cube? A pyra­mid? A cylin­der? Think­ing like this will help you an­a­lyse your work and cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how to paint your de­sign.

To help an­swer this ques­tion I’ve il­lus­trated a tem­ple scene that in­cludes a num­ber of cylin­dri­cal stone col­umns. I be­gin in black and white to es­tab­lish the com­po­si­tion, as well as the light sources, and then move into colour. I’ve used two light sources in this scene. The first is a nat­u­ral light source com­ing from out­side, while a sec­ondary green light source comes from the main cham­ber. These two light sources are use­ful for defin­ing the shape of my col­umns and make them look more three-di­men­sional.

I also use a num­ber of cus­tom brushes and stone tex­tures (from www.tex­ and

www.pho­to­ to add some rough­ness to the col­umn sur­face. This is cru­cial be­cause I don’t want the col­umns to ap­pear flat or smooth.

Get­ting to grips with cus­tom brushes can take some time. Many artist put their own brushes on­line, so have fun ex­per­i­ment­ing with them.

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