Week Two Focus: Atmospheric Perspective
Recapping Week One:
Hello again! Congratulations to those of you who managed to get everything in on time last week. This week please pay attention to the due date and get started on your work early! Those of you who didnt manage to get your stuff in have recieved an F on the week 1 mark sheet. There are a handful of people who have asked to join the class, and if the same people cant manage again this week, I will be swapping out and letting a reserve lister come in. As the topics get less 'fundemental' and more abstract (colour, composition, idea development), we will need to be in full swing discussion, throwing ideas and concepts around. Just reading the task and uploading an image at the end of the week is NOT participation. I don't have all the time in the world, so please help out by critting each other as well.
Remember, you will each be recieving a document with feedback and gradings at the end of the course - this will heavily reflect your participation. There will also be other incentives for those who are regularly participating and helping the others out.
This week we are focusing on atmospheric perspective (also called arial perspective when painting an outdoor scene).
Painting in a representational manner, whether it be studying from life/reference or creating concepts from our mind, is about creating an ILLUSION. Our task is to manipulate our materials of varying limitations to create an illusion of what we see in our eyes or imagination. We are turning a flat page into a space with breadth and depth, as if we were looking through a window. Atmospheric perspective deals with the methods we use to enhance this illusion, (and sometimes exaggerate it) to create depth through our image and create an impression of space.
The study task this week will comprise of one activity.
Study Task: Ref Studies - 2 hours
In task A) we will start with observation. I want you to choose two photoreferences from the page I have supplied, and do colour studies of them. These studies do not have to be detailed - you can reduce trees and rocks and other details to a few strokes. What you are studying is the atmospheric perspective. This starts with some observation, and asking the question: what happens to colour as it recedes in space? Check for yourself in photoshop, run your colour picker across. Ask me questions. Discuss it with each other. Find more photoref if you want to. Look at different causes of atmospheric perspective - is it physical fog? Or just distance haze? In a day or two we will start resolving this into a list of rules about atmospheric perspective which you can then use to help with your production piece. I will post more advice and material as we go along. The task is to choose two of the photorefs, observe and then do a study copy of it. NO COLOUR PICKING IS ALLOWED. Try to capture the atmospheric effects, and make the space feel 'deep'. Dont worry about detail! The rest of your study time needs to be spent analysing what makes atmospheric perspective work, and discussing that here in the thread. This discussion will be a Fail, Pass, High Pass, or Pro on the marking sheet.
Week Two Portfolio Artwork: Focus on Atmospheric Perspective. ‘The Path’
This week we are producing a panorama. The goal is to demonstrate your knowledge of atmospheric perspective (and linear perspective too, if you can ) to create an environment with the illusion of depth. Here is the task:
I would like you to paint a panoramic long shot of a landscape with a path in it. The image can be shot from on or above the path looking over the landscape, but the visible distance should be at least 5-10 miles. You are looking out over a vast area. The path leads to a large object in the distance (asteroid? castle? floating mountain? - make sure it makes sense at that distance). This object needs to be readable, but still be affected by the atmospheric perspective, and also make sure your foreground images 'pop forward' enough - its up to you to figure out how this is achieved!
Posting Your Results
We will be keeping everything consolidated in one thread this week, so feel free to post work in progress shots, ask questions, throw feedback around etc. Dont worry if you are faster or slower than someone else in posting - we all have different schedules. Critique will be given to anything that is posted. I will also be running through all the production tasks myself and will post up my results alongside as we go through each topic. Furthermore, I will try to dig up good references and further reading to go along with it all.
This week I am adding a new mark - high pass.The Fail/Pass/High Pass/Professional gradings will be given out at week's end. A pass is awarded if all tasks are attempted, and a High Pass if they are attempted succesfully. Pro is for work that is at a professional level, above par. Please have ALL of your study work and your portfolio piece submitted 7 days from the time this was posted!
GMT + 10 (my time) = 5PM SUNDAY
GMT - 8 (pacific time) = 11PM SATURDAY
Lets have more discussion and wip posting this week, I will try to keep you guys stocked up with ref, inspiration and advice.
Now git to it!