Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Okay, now for the business at hand here. I am teaching myself the process of digital painting, which, I am finding out is VERY different from traditional painting. First stab at digital is to establish tonal values and tell the story and mood with light, seen in an earlier post. I then took that black and white and added color. Mmmm....the results are, as you seen at the top, drab, drained, dead. Ick. Yuck. So I decided to do a completely different tonal value start, this time with my beloved sepias, the way I would with my acrylics. In traditional shadow; I use Burnt Umber and Alizarine Crimson with either Cad Red Light (for warmer shadows) and Manganese Blue (for cooler shadows); but for this illustration I chose a brown in more of a yellow range, not red. Yeah, I painted it again, but in Photoshop, it did not take very long. The steps and knowledge were already rehearsed. And now I know why many of you, when you paint your illustrations, the color is like it was for me; dead. Start with sepia tones, not black and white.