Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Other Side of Summer: Color Study

This is a Photoshop color study for an acrylic painting I'll be starting soon. Photoshop allows me to experiment quickly and effortlessly with color. The final painting will surely take on a life of it's own – but this study gives me a clear direction before any paint leaves the tube.

8 comments:

JOHN B. WATSON said...

The color adds a lot to this sketch! I think the sky is a bit dark. Makes it look like it's at night, which I know isn't your intention. That's an easy enough fix (lighten it up a bit.) Can't wait to see you start the acylic painting process! Good luck...

Gina Perry said...

I'd be curious to see another study with a brighter/crisper palette - I like that the somber colors match the mood but it definitely feels a bit too dark/cloudy in the sky, as John pointed out. Almost like the friends are going off to somewhere ominous instead of just leaving her behind. Perhaps our odd local weather this season has swayed you! When I think of fall, I usually think of crisp, clear skies.

JOHN B. WATSON said...

See? "Super Critic" is not alone. Try another sky study. You'll be glad you did...

Bella Sinclair said...

Really? Ok, I'm no painter, but I rather like the dark sky. It's obviously windy, so the sky looks like a storm's coming. Reflects her sad mood of being left behind.

Lab Cat said...

I'm with Bella on this one. I
like the dark sky as says she has to get the leaves raked before the storm arrives.

The light sky at the horizon suggests that the storm will be over at some point and that is the direction in which her friends are going.

Brrr, she looks cold.

Mrs. Chili said...

I respectfully disagree with John; while I don't LOVE the sky, I DO think that it lends the right mood to the piece (but that may just be because I'm already NOT looking forward to autumn...).

Andy J Smith illustration said...

Strong enough on its own to be a nice finished piece--that bodes well for the final painting! Glad to hear you can swing by tomorrow. Hopefully the weather holds up so you can enjoy a tour of the area!

Cathleen said...

I'm amazed by the preparation and steps you take for a piece like this. Quite meticulous. I think it looks really creepy, in a good way. Good luck.