Monday, September 17, 2012
Nasty but posting anyway!
A quicky from this eveternoon :) I've been trying to learn more about architecture and spatial lighting. While not a masterpiece, I feel that I definitely learned some things working on this one.
This is a church across the street from Smith's Supermarket that I've had a hankering to paint for some time. This afternoon I parked across the street, rolled down my window, and painted from my laptop & wacom; twas cramped, but the fun. I may give it another go lol :)
As much as I love working with traditional media, I feel that digital tools offer some flexibility and insight that couldn't be obtained with pigment and canvas. In a way, digital painting is an even more "raw" form of image-making than painting in oil or watercolor. Rather than mixing from a pre-packaged set of colors bought at the store, digital painting forces you create your own swatches and deal with the properties of value and color at their most fundamental level. You pick the hue and saturation from a limitless palette with no limitations or reference points, and no where to hide. This makes it hard at first and often the initial paintings can look really bad (for that and other reasons). It also makes for a lot of brain-work, but the understanding it brings is worth it. Again, all respect for physical media, but for me digital is just as valid and respectable a media as oil or marble, not to mention much more flexible and full of potential for innovation.
Last and unrelated, something to make you smile: Link