Alright! Day 2 of painting daily. Let's do this!
Today I was walking inside from the porch, when I noticed that I was casting a really neat shadow on the ceiling, so I immediately pulled out my phone, posed a bit, and snapped the shot on the right.
Now, it was important to me to use this image as inspiration for a good piece of art, not paint an exact identical representation of it. I wanted to make something a little grimy, dirty, like a basement or back room. Additionally, I wanted it to be a digital piece that looked hand done, with very heavy texture.
So, I got to work. I pulled the image into Photoshop, oriented it the way I wanted, and then started basing in the colors. This piece was 11x17, again. Most of my personal art is this size.
I decided to use purples for the ceiling instead of white, since they play nicely against the gold of the wall.
Since the shapes were so simple, I decided to then separate the shapes onto different layers for my next step, scumbling. I picked one lighter and one darker color, loaded up my mixer brushes (for those of you who use Kyle's Brush's it was Palette Knife Bonus). Since each layer was separate, it was easy to lock the layer and go to town, preventing them from bleeding into each other and allowing me to be as wild and loose as I wanted. After a bit of back and forth, I merged all the layers down and then took the oil smooth brush to blend the edges, getting rid of the perfectly straight lines that had previously been defined by the polygonal lasso tool.
The next step was to start adding dimension to the brush strokes. I popped open the canvas scrape light and heavy gloss impasto effects, set the fill to 0, and went to town. I went back and forth between painting directly on the layer, and painting on a layer mask to push and pull the effect.
This proved to be more challenging to get right than I expected, so once I finished up the two layers I placed them in a group and applied a layer mask to the group. I played with a bunch of different effects before landing on a spatter brush that did a great job of pushing and pulling in a fashion which helped integrate the brush strokes into the painting.
I also applied hue/ saturation and brightness/ contrast effects at lowered opacities with the same spatter brush layer mask technique. The benefit here was twofold: not only did I add depth to the colors, but I also further unified the piece by using the same spatter texture across multiple areas of the piece.
Now I was in the final stretch. To finish up the piece I brought in a canvas texture with a dark purple, placing the layer on soft light. I also got a canvas scrape deep layer going with the canvas texture on it at a slightly larger scale. Next I pushed and pulled the colors further by getting the original gold and purple colors on two separate layers, setting the blend mode to hue, and using layer masks to bring them in with gradients ever so slightly.
Here is the final result:
I hope you enjoyed today's blog, and any critiques would be more than welcome!
Until next time!
Bonus: here's a close up of the texture! Be sure to zoom in for the full effect.