April 22, 2007

Alien Landscape in Acrylics I – The Sky

Filed under: Art and Drawings — sarah @ 3:02 pm

Alien Picture

Sorry about the flash on the photo but it was coming out with the wrong colours without the flash ,and I didn’t want to take it out of the glass protector until I scan it. And then the images will be avaliable over on Point Defect.

I painted this in three sessions, starting with the orange sky/background. I put a generous blob of all the reds, yellows, oranges, whites and a bit of green and black onto my pallete aka a piece of scrap waxy paper or card. I then used a flat square-tipped brush (the official name is apparently a flat brush) from Tesco’s of all places. I really did use only the tiniest amount of green and black.

I then wet the brush and dragged it through the blobs of paint and brushed backwards and forwards on the paper – which is thin mounting card, slightly larger than A4. I dipped the brush back into the paints every now and then, making sure the white caused a streaky effect. Because I am lazy, I don’t tape my paper down, but if you are a proper artist you should use masking tape to tape the paper down, so that it doesn’t move around whilst you paint.

I just paint over my thumb, as I have also discovered that I have to move the piece of paper as soon as I’m finished, otherwise the paint sticks it to the surface I am working on and extracting it again can ruin it.

I waited overnight for it to dry; at this stage I had no idea what I was going to make it, be the sky, or even if it was to be a sky rather than under some fluid or some such. I was quite happy with the dried effect and looked to see which end should be the bottom and which the top, to take advantage of the best ‘cloud patterns’.

Colours used for the sky were:

Cadmium red 503

Cadmium orange 619

Crimson 513

Yellow ochre 663

Lemon yellow 651

Cadmium red deep 504

Cadmium yellow 620

Buff titanium 024

Titanium white 009,

Mars black 036, Sap green 375

(all Daler-Rowney System 3 acrylics)

3 responses to “Alien Landscape in Acrylics I – The Sky”

  1. […] I painted these in a similar way to the sky, except that I used a smaller brush with the bristles all grouped together with a rounded end (officially known as Rounds). I also made sure that instead of horazontal lines I made nice shallow swoops, contouring the hills, I used the lighter clours to highlight subtally the dividing lines between one hill and the next, giving depth of field to the picture. […]

  2. […] You might want to read Alien Landscape in Acrylics I and II before you read this one! […]

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