Paintings always look better in real life. Colors are more vibrant and intense in real life. The picture below is one of my recent artworks. Still refining though..
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For the background of the satellite painting I’m ready to paint stars. First I’ll start by painting stars plus the glow around them with titanium white. In a later stage I go over the stars with a layer of pure colour. This way you get the stars as clear as possible. In the picture below I did that with still the grain, yellow ochre light (yellow tones) and kraplak (red). Some nebula’s are painted the same way to intensify the colours.
I have been working on the Friesian Horse again! Gave the background a lighter colour so the black horse stands out more. For the eye I needed multiple references. I literally painted 7 hours (!) straight to paint the whole background because it’s such a large painting..
I have painted the eye several times, but the horse turned out to look too friendly eyed, which was not my goal. I wanted to go for a wild/fierce looking horse. Now he just looks sad.. I failed this time.. It’s hard to find such reference material. Maybe horses are friendly eyed all the time :). They certainly are for us, humans. So the eye needs some work, but first I need to find the right reference material.
To be continued…