A value/light/color study of a city at night.
Reference from here
This one was about Color and Light. More precisely I read and took notes from one chapter of J.Gurney’s book. This part is about different sources of light.
In direct sunlight there are 3 different sources of light: sun, the blue sky and reflected light from illuminated objects.
You can think of the skylight as a soft light, coming from many directions.
The higher the altitudes and the clearer the air, the sky will be more blue-violet and shadows darker and bluer relative to sun.
As more clouds show up, shadows become grayer. The more haze or smog shows up, shadows are tonally closer to the value of the sunlight.
The color of the ground and nearby objects reflects into the shadow areas.
-soft illumination (because clouds diffuse sunlight)
-this eliminates dramatic contrasts of light and shadow
-ideal for complicated scenes
-colors appear brighter and purer than in sunlight
-it is easier to show patterns of costumes
-the sky is usually the lightest note
-light comes evenly and equally from above
-good for photographs cause you expose a scene evenly
-if the sun is not shining directly through, the light is bluish
-you can get nice contrasts together with another source of artificial light inside (cool-orange for example)
-on a sunny day light shines on the ground and bounces up through the window and on the ceiling
-depending on colour of the ground, you can see orange or green on a white ceiling
Candlelight and Firelight
-weak, drops off rapidly
-no deep darks next to the light source, but glowy appearance and many soft edges
-it is a point light (think starburst shape).At twice the distance, the light is only 1/4 as bright. At 3 times the distance, it drops to 1/9 as bright.
Indoor Electric Light
It has 3 qualities: relative brightness, hardness/softness, color cast
The brightness depends on wattage, lamp type, how close the subjects are, how bright the other lights are
Hard light comes from sharp, small points like spotlight or sun. It is more directional, more dramatic, casts crisper shadows, brings out more surface texture and highlights
Soft light comes from a wider area (ex:large panel of fluorescent tubes over a workbench). It is more flattering and reassuring. It is better for task lighting because there are weaker cast shadows. The tonal transitions are more gradual.
The color cast depends on the dominant wavelength. The regular incandescent tends to be strong in orange and red and weak in blue.
Standard warm white and cool white fluorescent light emphasizes yellow-green.
Streetlight and Night Conditions
-blue-green moonlight can contrast nicely with warm lights in shops and streetlights
-gas light is weak
-modern light: incandescent, fluorescent, neon, mercury vapor (cool, drains flesh color), sodium vapor (sickly, warm, narrow wavelength), led lights
bioluminescence- light from usually ocean creatures, mushrooms, insects. It is usually cool, blue-green and the colors gradate from one hue to another.
Best to paint the scene in dark tones and add glows at the end.
fluorescence- light produced by an object that converts invisible light (amber, calcite)
Hidden Light Sources
Light can come from outside the picture, inside the picture or it can be concealed but inside the picture. The hidden one is more intriguing. Can also be used for silhouettes, pools of colored light, emphasis.
This time it was studying, taking notes and applying what I learned from a chapter of Color and Light, one of the most useful books for a painter, by James Gurney.
Well, the ticket I picked today was all about limits and how, usually, they can inspire creation. I had to make something using just two colors (hues). I went for blue and red, since it’s a combination I fell inlove with after seeing something of Eyvind Earle. This was just a messy warmup here, slightly inspired by the place I live in.
I will hereby introduce you to my new artist workout method. It’s a jar. Yep. A jar filled with lots and lots of little post its. What’s on the post its? Well basically all the things about which I always tell myself “Ah, I should get around to doing that at some point”. I am not referring here to vacuuming my place or doing the laundry. This is a little more art oriented, like master studies and focused anatomy practice :D.
Since I pretty much suck at keeping a habit for longer than 3 weeks, I thought I should embrace my thirst for variation. Whenever I have time for a workout session, I’ll pick a ticket and do whatever is on there.
The first one told me to study the progress and work of loish (one of the art sweethearts of the internet). Then I had to apply what I learned in my own manner.
So..what I took from her here was:
-working from dark to light
-build the nose and corner of lips more carefully
-using one brush for painting and just one soft one for some final light effects
-confidence to use max 2-3 layers
Also, I used the 4th brush in this set, from AlectorFencer, for pretty much everything. I really enjoyed saving the time on browsing through brushes and focusing on colors instead.
Here is the reference I used : a gorgeous redhead
And here are some videos of Loish’s progress: my god she is good.
Stay tuned for my next workout 😀