Basalt Island Digital Painting Study Part 1

I wanted to learn how to paint basalt so I’m doing a basalt island study using this photo from Getty Images as a reference.

I am deliberately not using the eye dropper tool to sample colours from the photo reference but instead I’m practicing guessing the colours myself.

  1. Using the trick of starting out on a small canvas, first I painted the sky: BasaltIsland1
  2. Then I blocked-in the water: BasaltIsland2
  3. Then the basalt island: BasaltIsland3
  4. At this point I viewed the image in grayscale to check the values (brightness) of the various components: BasaltIsland4_ValueCheck
  5. This looked OK to me so I scaled the image up by 300% and started painting in more detail: BasaltIsland5_Scaled300pcent

I’m determined to be in bed by 11pm so I’m signing off now.

Dark Temple Sketches 4

DarkTemple2_Sketches13

I tried to make the temple look like it was made of basalt (a dark volcanic rock apparently).

I experimented with a new texturing process:

  1. Using a textured brush (one of Gimp’s built-in acrylic brushes), I painted onto a separate layer.
  2. Using the eraser tool on the texture layer, I cut the texture down to fit the shape of the temple.
  3. I then switched on Lock Alpha Channel for the texture layer and painted light and dark areas with a large brush.

Not sure I like the design of the windows – I was wanting something more gothic.

Anyway I think I’ll leave this one for now and get on with some landscape studies next.

Dark Temple Sketches 3

More Dark Temple Sketching tonight.

  1. Sketching in the lines from which the central tower is suspended: DarkTemple2_Sketches8
  2. Then blocking in the base colour (the line layer is on top): DarkTemple2_Sketches9
  3. Blocking in the shadows and highlights: DarkTemple2_Sketches10
  4. Scaling the image up by 200% and then blending in the tones (I found that the best results were achieved when using the airbrush tool with a flat shaped brush and a large brush size): DarkTemple2_Sketches11

I think my perspective is a bit off here, I should have used a vanishing point somewhere off to the top right of the screen.  A note for next time.

Coming down with a cold so I’m off to put on some Vapo Rub and get an early night!

Dark Temple Sketches 2

Picking up on my last post, I’ve started a more detailed drawing of the “central suspended tower” idea.

  1. First I put in some blue construction lines and then drew in part of the temple: DarkTemple2_Sketches4
  2. I then duplicated this part twice using “Paste As New Layer” and then “Merge Down layer” in Gimp and erased a few unwanted lines: DarkTemple2_Sketches5
  3. A few more construction lines helped me to situate the central suspended tower: DarkTemple2_Sketches6
  4. I then drew in the central suspended tower: DarkTemple2_Sketches7

In an effort to keep my life in balance, I’m calling it a night now – sleep deprivation is bad.