My first digital still life painting. Although a simple vase might not be to most exciting subject to look at, to me it is invaluable. I must admit I learned more from doing this study about light then I ever have in a book or tutorial. I saw occlusion shadows, and rim lighting, light reflections on the surface, and other things that I would of never painted out of my head, but now am aware of. It’s exciting to observe such things critically and attempt to render it. It’s addicting to ‘carve’ form with lights and shadows. So this exercise is more enjoyable on my end. I bought my still life objects at a thrift store and spray painted them with a flat white paint. I painted this with Photoshop on a wacom tablet. I will start out with one object, then I will start doing clusters of objects when I feel I’m ready. I feel stupid for not painting digital still life images in the past, I would of progress faster as a artist if I would of done so. I will alternate from studies to still life paintings to dragons so I don’t bore you to death.
Time spent on painting: 2 hours. Created in Photoshop. Reference is a matte vase from life.