Today I sat down to draw something disturbing, scary and ominous today, determined to master the oil-tool in ArtRage. Well, so much for inspiration and final outcome... :-/
I don't know HOW really, but after about 15 minutes my painting took on a much lighter and relaxed tone, and suddenly a river emerged? Huh? No mysterious cloaked man with weird bodyparts? This quickly evolved into green hillocks, and then a cloudy sky.
My hands had taken control, my mind simply sitting in the back of my skull, observing.
I realized this was the beginning of a rather ambitious project: I was going to create my first detailed landscape picture. And why not list my progress here? What way I can get feedback on what you like and not, and you can see it all evolve from basic blots of colour into something more.
Not very good yet, but it'll evolve...
The clouds are simply blots of different colours that I "pushed around" using a soft palette knife. Everything else is done with varying sizes of brushes and different shades of colour and thinners.
I'm not too pleased with the curve of the upper part of the river, so I'll change that to a little more straight line. I'll probably let it disappear behing a hill a little earlier too.
I'm planning on adding brushes, and probably a tree or too as well. And the rocks on the left will have better shading and texture, possibly some ivy or moss on it as well.
The river is kind of bland and too bright now. As the landscape get more definition I'll add colour from them into the water, hopefully creating something approaching reflections.