I learned a lot about color comps today, and different ways to adjust the colors of a painting in simple clean ways. So, I started the painting and and created different color comps, 1. cooler purplish colors, 2. warmer rusty colors, 3. greenish tints, and 4. warm golden colors.
I'm starting a series of 20 composition studies of some of my favorite paintings. It is a suggested assignment on conceptart.org. The assignment requires that you choose some of your favorite paintings and turn them into grey scale, and then use any media to re-create the art. My first study is pencil on paper of Franz Marc's Dog Lying in the Snow.
I've always loved this painting.
There is a repetition of curved triangular shapes along the top. The
shadows of the dog are broken down into varied geometric shapes of
varied weight. There is a great range of dark to light. Overall, the
painting is very harmonious, simple and balanced.
I realize that my composition is not as wide as the original. Will aim for a perfectly matched ratio next time!
BTW, if you were wondering if these are digital or pencil, I do these straight onto the computer with a tablet and Photoshop. I should really look at investing in a specifically for drawing and digital painting program. Any suggestions? I may be totally missing out on an awesome thing. But for now, I am quite content with PS4.
This is an entry I made for a Photoshop contest, it won first place out of 14. Unfortunately, I can't really post process or stages or whatnot while I'm working on contest entries because the contests are supposed to be anonymous until finished. You can see the entry, the source files, and the step-by-step here. So anyhow, this is the picture before I "chopped" it: and this is the picture afterwards: Fun stuff.