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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Power with Light and Shadow in Art, My Painting Gymnast




In my painting, Gymnast, I again wanted to convey the strength and power of the figureI mentioned modeling the figure is a technique to convey strength. I modeled the figure with warm light, a mid tone where appropriate and a cool shadow. Italian artist, Caravaggio modeled his figures and gives them a powerful look. Caravaggio was considered a leader in using dark values (gray scale) where the form emerged from the dark background and form shadow into the light. He achieved drama using strong chiaroscuro; pronounced contrast between light and shadow. In my painting, the gymnast is also turning toward the left. I used a light muted blue white to push the leg and upper body back. 

This is a digital painting using traditional oil painting techniques and a painterly approach. I used virtual brushes and paints (Corel Painter 12 and Intuos5 drawing pen and tablet).

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