Creating dramatic concept art means capturing the correct
mood for your piece. The mood that I’m going to try to achieve in this workshop
is one of a nuclear winter, which still has a poetic atmosphere to it. Opposing
or contrasting ideas always make for great painting subjects, and a saturated
winter is not a very common way to approach an image. With that rough idea and
direction, we will let chaos direct the first part of the painting, then slowly
give it a meaning and a more concrete perspective, lighting and mood.
For this workshop, I’ll start using the same brushes I
created for the Gnomon DVD From Speedpainting to Concept Art, but will also
create new variations using the Dual Brush settings.
Before starting this kind of exercise, it’s important to
have a good knowledge of perspective, composition and lighting. Without these
basics, speed painting can be frustrating: speed and technique only come with
practice. Nevertheless, there are rules that make the job easier, and
‘atmospheric perspective’ is one of them. In most environments (aside from
space), the atmosphere acts as a filter and creates a hierarchy in contrasts.
I’ll use that rule to emphasise the atmosphere in my painting. I’ll try to
imagine what a somewhat sad mood mixed with a futuristic design might look
The Dual Brush feature will help me create elegant shapes
that will disappear in the depth of the fog. The tools used might seem complex,
but their use is based on classical painting techniques. I’m going to overlay
colours, starting from the background, slowly moving forward and finish close
to the viewer’s eye, as a painter using oils might do.
From issue 13.