Develop light and shade
Join illustrator and concept artist Olly Lawson as he takes you through his workflow for envisioning and crafting a painting that’s full of light
Join Olly Lawson as he takes you through his workflow for envisioning and crafting a painting that’s full of light.
In this workshop I’ll be taking you through the steps that I go through when painting an environment, from the early sketching phase through to rendering and finalising, with some advice along the way.
Whether you’re a professional artist or a hobbyist just painting for fun, it’s a good idea to change your process now and then, trying new things. To be able to do that, it’s important to have a strong foundation of principles and techniques that will carry you through this.
I like to go back to these fundamentals every now and then when I can to strengthen them, and this enables me to get on with the fun parts of experimenting while painting! I’ll be touching on some of these important principles in this workshop, as well as sharing with you some of my own ideas and processes as I go on.
I was tasked with creating a painting showcasing light and colour, and my mind went to all of the beautiful scenes that I’ve seen while travelling around India. I also enjoy traditional painters, especially the 19th century Salon painters like John Singer Sargent, who were able to so confidently paint their impressions of – among other things – beautiful subjects in naturally lit interiors. I had fun painting this image and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about it.