A Study in Backgrounds

This one has been a study in backgrounds. One of the things I struggle with is doing backgrounds, or environments for my subjects. I have a hard time figuring out how to fill the space. Sometimes it’s OK to focus on the subject without a background, but sometimes the background helps set a mood. Plus, they can be fun when you’re doing a fantasy or sci-fi genre piece.

I watched a few YouTube videos*, which helped give me some guidelines to work with. I’m torn between thinking this one needs more detail, and thinking it’s better as it is. Either way, I’m done with it and ready to move on to the next one. What do you think?

Dancer in Ruins

* Check out this Draw With Jazza video.

Snowed Rock Wall – I’ll take a bit of serendipity

I threw a few colors together to make greys and neutral browns, and they just happen to be super granulating when mixed together. I was blown away while I did the rocks on this piece. Must remember, Daniel Smith Ultramarine, Quinacridone Gold, and Van Gogh Red Iron Oxide make amazing rocks.

These rock walls are an essential part of the landscape here in New Hampshire. They’re everywhere, and I find myself drawn to them whenever I’m outdoors. It’s a simple wall of rocks stacked on top of eachother,  but it has such character and history.