Something for *Mangakawa for her birthday the other day, of her Harbinger teammates Beatrix and Tad and copious amounts of ghost smoke. Bless you again, Alysha, for your cast of charismatic characters bundled with their own special effects. <3
Awesome lighting in this piece. The warn light works very well with the icy smoke behind. I agree with that you said to ~vladimirsangel about lights and digital painting. Trying to make such intense light on a traditional picture can be a real pain, but digital pictures just ask for it. I believe that is because in digital art you can easily erase what you donīt like, hence letting you experiment a lot more... I would go mad if I tried a light effect and ruined a traditional picture!
Right? I don't use enough blue. My gallery's always been this obscene mass of warm colors, I deserve a month consigned to blue and grey. Do you find yourself favoring certain colors in your own paintings?
In the limited experience I've had with lighting in traditional media, it is HARD. I think digital paint lends itself to glowing effects, particularly the use of layers. It's been a long while since we've seen something digital from you, am I right? Do you intend to pick it up again? Your watercolor/ink combo is killer, I'd be interested to see you have a go at something with strong lighting, just to see how it would play out in the medium. I don't even know how one'd go about something like this in watercolor and ink. Do you ever use acrylic?
Digital - aaah, likely not. Digital is not my friend. I don't know why. Theoretically, especially with my Wacom, it should be the same as handling traditional media. You choose your brush, your pen, your colour - you paint. But my brain doesn't see it that way. It likes to have actual paint on its hands.
Acrylics - yes, I paint with acrylics. I used to work exclusively in them until I fell under the spell of watercolour and gouache and a good slosh of ink. I have a huge acrylic canvas in my studio that is crying out to be finished but has lost out to stuff I can work on on my lap while sitting in front of the TV.
Lighting is right up there with hands and feet on my list of Things To Get Right. And clothes. I bought that book you recommended on the clothed figure, incidentally.
Oh wow, I have such amazing friends who make such nice things for me~!
You've already heard my babblings regarding this thing elsewhere, but lemme just add here how much I love the lighting. And the expressions! Completely sums up the two of them, and you didn't even have to write them saying anything to get their personalities across! Unlike their creator. Ahem.
I think the duo's pleased about getting to show up in someone else's gallery, too-- at least, I think Beatrix is pleased, she's kind of half-smirking. Tad of course is all grins; he's lovin' this, big ham that he is.
Thanks for the cool glowy painting and for thinking of me!