Sunday, October 25, 2015

How to paint Explosions tutorial

Someone asked me how to handle an explosion so this was done pretty fast just to get the point across.

I started with some simple oranges, then added yellow inside. The power and force generates from the middle and goes out. It's important to keep that in mind. Smoke, debris, fire, whatever, is all going to have a spot of origin. 

I start from the middle and blend outward. I then ass white and do the same thing again. 

At this point, I begin to overlap. The explosion is not a perfect bubble of fire. Fire and sparks have a mind of their own, so I tried to be spontaneous with some of my choices. 

I start to make smoke with 4 shades of gray, painting dark to light. I randomly make spots and splatters of debris. Again, this explosion has a mind of it's own and layering the different elements of the blowout will help show force and power. 

I start to build up more of the smoke in the foreground and expanding outward. The explosion goes in every direction so I try to keep depth in mind, there are things happening behind what we are seeing. I use the orange and yellow to blend into the smoke nearest the fire. This is to represent the light from the explosion.  

I finish by breaking up some of the smoke. Smoke might appear dense but it's not solid. Boom! more debris firing outward to show motion in the detonation. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

John Singer Sargent at The Met

    I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Met's collection stretches for miles. Ever since I was a young boy, I've been getting lost in it's labyrinth of art. The exhibition Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, now until October,  brings together about 90 portraits from throughout his career.

   John Singer Sargent (January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925) was an American artist, considered the leading portrait painter of his generation. During his career, he created roughly 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. 
 Sargent was at ease in the world of Paris studios and formed lasting friendships with fellow expatriates and a wide range of French artists. He built his reputation by convincing friends and notable members of fashionable society to pose for him and exhibiting these works to great acclaim. Many of his early commissions came from members of the artistic community in Paris.

                                                                             (Portrait of Madame X) 1884
His most controversial work is now considered one of his best works, and was the 
artist's personal favorite. He stated in 1915, "I suppose it is the best thing I have done." 
   In 1885, Sargent decided to move from Paris to London after his provocative portrait of Madame X caused a scandal at the Paris Salon of 1884 and put his career in jeopardy. Between leaving Paris and setting in London, he found solace in the colony of American and English artists and writers. Nourished by his contact with Claude Monet, Sargent continued to experiment with Impressionism while in the British countryside, creating vivid sketches of fellow artist at work outdoors and landscapes.