Hello, Friends! Long time no . . . blog.
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this site, but I’ve been busy! About a month ago, I enrolled in a digital painting course through Chris Oatley’s Art Academy called “The Magic Box.” I’ve been promised the secrets of the Photoshop universe in exchange for a small donation of blood, sweat, and tears, but in order to become a Photoshop expert, one must do one’s homework.
My first assignment was to paint four color comps using an arsenal of new techniques learned in lesson #1. Please excuse the low resolution and general messiness of the image; I’ll be turning it into a polished, finished piece later.
I think my biggest challenge with this piece was figuring out how the stage lights would interact with the magician frog in the foreground. I found tons of reference photos for theater/stage lights and white spotlights, but finding reference for multiple, colored spotlights was almost impossible. On three of the comps, I gave the frog a fuzzy shadow. I did away with it on the fourth. I’m still not sure which approach is more realistic.
As far as the color combinations go, I think my least favorite is the blue/orange combination in the top right. Funny enough, when I decided to try red for my last panel, I was sure I’d end up hating it. I didn’t. The combination was surprisingly . . . surprising, and I liked it (although I think the background got a bit too light on me). I also like the purple panel, and although I like the green, green was an obvious choice.