Im­prov­ing an old piece of art

Us­ing ex­ag­ger­ated forms, light­ing, and mind­ful shape lan­guage, Thomas Cham­ber­lain-Keen takes his old work to the next level

ImagineFX - - Issue 163 August 2018 -

Dis­cover how Thomas Cham­ber­lain-Keen takes old art­work to the next level.

I cre­ated my orig­i­nal paint­ing around this time last year, hav­ing been in­spired by the vast fan­tasy land­scapes by artists like Dong­biao Lu and Rux­ing Gao. It was my first stylised en­vi­ron­ment art­work. Yes, it was a lit­tle generic and de­riv­a­tive of sim­i­lar works, but it was also a re­ward­ing piece to fin­ish, es­pe­cially since I was start­ing to feel that I was re­ly­ing too much on photo tex­tur­ing. I wanted to go back to some pure paint­ing.

A year later I was in­ter­ested to see how I could im­prove the piece. There was some­thing very suc­cess­ful about it that was most likely a happy ac­ci­dent at the time, but had con­tin­ued to evade my un­der­stand­ing un­til now.

Look­ing back at it, I started to no­tice er­rors in light­ing, a lack of en­gag­ing de­sign work and un­ap­peal­ing shape de­sign. My chal­lenge was to try and pre­serve what had worked then, while giv­ing the paint­ing a ma­jor over­haul…

orig­i­nal im­age

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