I was privileged to be among the first students of the Oatley Academy when it was started by Chris Oatley in August of 2012. I was among the first to experience the mind-blowing awesomeness of his class Painting Drama 1. Ever since I have been a loyal fan of the academy. It has been life changing to say the least.
Last month I started taking Chris's awe-inspiring course, Painting Drama 2. Unlike Chris's Magic Box digital painting course which is done all online (which is also phenomenal and I highly recommend), this class is done live in real time. It is amazing to interact with Chris and the other students, many of which were in my first Painting Drama class. I learned so much in the first class, and now my mind is being blown again!
Whereas the first Painting Drama class was all about the structure and composition of an illustration, this class is all about color. I thought I knew and understood color. I even read Color and Light by James Gurney, which is amazing by the way, and every artist should read it. But there is so much I never thought about or learned in this particular way, especially from a digital painter's point of view.
Below are a few of the assignments I have been working on for the class. I have been using a lot of my sketches from my book Brunhilda's Backwards Day to play with the different color assignments.
Color swatches to portray mood of a scene
Split complimentary palettes.
High key and low key monochromatic/analogous.
High Key Magenta
Low Key Magenta
Experimenting with different times of day and weather conditions.