These are the steps I took in painting this Italian delicacy called Panettone which is basically a small fruit cake. Enjoy!
Here's the set up. It's just a cardboard box with a small 'window' cut out of the top and the front face removed. This allows for great control over the lighting - especially the shadow shapes which are so important. Thanks to David Tanner for showing me how effective this is.
You can see the shadows are well defined here. Always choose a subject that interests you. I happen to be a fan of Italian fruit cake! The coffee was fresh brewed too! Choose objects which have a good contrast - like the white plates against the black - and the rich cake color against the white of the plate. You might also choose things which have emotional contrast or things which are thematically harmonious - you get the idea.
The drawing. Don't be too hasty here get the drawing right... Try to arrange the shapes on your canvas as interestingly as possible. Composition is so important!
There are so many ways to approach a painting. I chose a method which is popular among plein air painters: Laying in the darkest shadow shapes first.
Another approach is to put down the colors which are easiest to identify. That's what I did here. I purposefully kept the brushstrokes energetic here.
I went back the addressing the shadows here. In this lighting - these shadow areas are the richest in color.
Making progress... I'm starting to evaluate edges - hard vs. soft
Happy New Year everybody! I continue with my series of still lifes. I find that painting these as opposed to plein air landscapes really works with my schedule and family life. I'm able to set up somewhere in the house instead of going off into the garage studio to paint. I'm isolated enough from my family as it is. I usually throw down a piece of black velvet which absorbs much of the light and makes for a nice value contrast.
I even pulled out the quinacridone red for this one. It worked nicely for some of the cooler reds.
I am a surfacing artist working for Dreamworks. In the past I've worked for Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony Imageworks doing Texture Painting/Look Development, and Matte Painting. Since graduating from the Art Center College of Design with a major in Illustration, I've been blessed to work steadily in the Animation Industry. I also greatly enjoyed painting landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works. Here I'm pleased to share my latest work as well share insights I've gained over the years.