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:
- Using a textured brush (one of Gimp’s built-in acrylic brushes), I painted onto a separate layer.
- Using the eraser tool on the texture layer, I cut the texture down to fit the shape of the temple.
- 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.
More Dark Temple Sketching tonight.
- Sketching in the lines from which the central tower is suspended:
- Then blocking in the base colour (the line layer is on top):
- Blocking in the shadows and highlights:
- 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):
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!
Staying with environments, my next painting will be of a dark temple. This will be good preparation for illustrating the first panel of my digital comic.
I’m starting with a few sketches where I’ve tried to let my imagination run wild.
Out of the first 6 sketches, I’ve circled one that jumped out at me:
I tried to follow this train of thought on with another 4 sketches:
During the last 2 sketches I had another brain wave for the last sketch where I’ve got a tower suspended in the centre:
Time for bed now but I reckon I’ll go with the central suspended tower.