Step-by-step: Merg­ing wisps of colours to­gether

ImagineFX - - Imagine Nation Artist Q&a -

1 I be­gin by block­ing in the largest shapes of my smoke. At this stage, I treat the shapes as though they’re solid but mal­leable, as if I’m work­ing with clay. I’m fo­cus­ing on how the in­di­vid­ual colours of smoke over­lap and flow to­gether to cre­ate a pleas­ing pat­tern. With my large shapes in place, I think 2 about the form of each smoke pil­lar: where they wrap around one an­other and where they be­gin to merge. This will help me achieve the ef­fect that the smoke it­self is coloured; a smooth colour gra­di­ent would sug­gest a coloured light. 3 I of­ten utilise photo tex­ture when paint­ing smoke up close. While I’m con­fi­dent I could paint some­thing by hand through care­ful ob­ser­va­tion, it would take time. Fi­nally, I look for ar­eas where the smoke colours would mix to­gether to form new hues and soft colour tran­si­tions.

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