Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fiddlin' with FX

The finish.

The reference.

Wanted to try my hand at painting a tricky lighting effect without resorting to tricky painting effects.  Was hoping to bang this little exercise out in about an hour, but it ended up taking two.  Just laying down strokes of color and value, I'm of a strong belief that most things can be shown in that manner.  Could've played up the pinks around the central bolt a bit more for the true "glow" effect.  The hues trended a bit more towards the yellows and oranges, particularly in the tree.  Probably a subconscious move towards complements.  Oils.


  1. The reference shot is from your backyard, right? 'nother fine evening in salsbur- HOLY SHIT!

    Nice. I sense a gandalf battle in the near future.

  2. Haha. Yeah, we actually live in Clayton now. But in a new development. That used to be a big field. And still is a big field except now there are houses on it. So some nights when the big clouds roll in it really does feel like kansas or something...just waiting for the funnel clouds to touch down.

    And good Lord the wind this time of year.