Thursday, June 12, 2014

A View of the Adirondack Mountains

The beginning of A View of the Adirondack Mountains for me was remembering going on vacation and visiting Lake George, NY and Bolton Landing, NY.  What an incredible place and view!  I went looking for images on the net and loosely followed the landscape, but like all my artwork, it never turns out like the photo.  I sometimes use a photo(s) as a guide either for placement of (trees, etc) or use the color palette.

In the first image below, I started blocking, which includes general placement of mountains, water line, trees, etc.  Yes, it's a mess! :)  I'm using Twisted Brush Pro Studio for blocking.  I filled the background with a light grey color and blocking was done with a "gel" pen.  This painting all happens on one layer. (If you are digitally knowledgeable, you know what I'm referring to).

Note:  If using a photo from the internet for reference purpose, please do not use copyrighted photos.  There are many places to obtain free images.  A great resource is Wikipedia or Morgue Files.

Corel Painter X, blending, using a "stump" blender
Twisted Brush Pro Studio
On the above image, after blending, I brought the image (with layers) into Twisted Brush Pro Studio.
I added the trees and foreground.
Final - A View of the Adirondack Mountains

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First Light

The creation of First Light.

How I begin to paint a landscape is that I'm usually inspired by a scene that I've witnessed, just imagination or the feeling I want to convey on paper (or canvas).  I've not gone out and done Plein Air, since my work is created digitally on a computer.  However for artists that wish  to do plein air with their iPad or smart phones,  one can actually create a painting or sketch on site or outside.  I shall mention this information at the next post.

First Light was inspired by a photo I took one morning walking my dog.  I always carry my phone and I use the camera from it.  I love snapping photos of interesting scenes, sunrises or sunsets.

Here is the original photo which inspired me:

Inspired Photo

Using Corel Painter X, blending out the sky
Corel Painter X, flipped the lighting to the right,  laying out the landscape
After this, I became fairly frustrated.  I honestly didn't know where to go with it.  Since I wasn't looking at a scene, I was trying to imagine all sorts of objects to put in this painting.  Trees, cliffs...?  I couldn't decide, so I left it for a day.  The following morning, I took the painting and used another digital art software called Twisted Brush Pro Studio.  I started playing with the "layers" and all of a sudden it just happened.....the mood was perfect (at least for me :))!  I added the trees.....see below:

First Light with Twisted Brush Studio Pro
To finish the painting I embellished it with more vegetation and darkened some areas.  Here is the final result:

First Light 2014

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