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

ImagineFX - - Issue 152 October 2017 -

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.

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