Bob Ross is an interesting person. He paints well, but many in the art community talk trash about him for not being 'pure' enough with painting. That said, his techniques for creating a believable scene in a short time are just what is necessary for backdrop painting.
I'll post some links as I find videos on youtube.
Last edited on Sun Oct 26th, 2014 08:07 pm by jtrain
James,I was going to bring up Bob Ross, but Helmut ninja'd me......One of his techniques in painting clouds is to "not" paint the clouds, but simply let areas of the canvas see less blue. That way it's easy to not overdo the clouds. There are quite a few of his vids on the YouTube. Not only is he a master at encouraging beginners with his show, he was probably the most laid back person on the planet. Not bad for a former Air Force Drill Sgt. If I'm suffering from insomnia, or just P.O.'d in general, I watch him and feel my stress melt away. Don't forget when you clean your brushes, to mind Bob's advice and "Beat the Devil out of it"!You work looks good, keep on keepin' on.......Lou
I think you're also going way too dark a blue on the overall sky.
People paint what the sky looks like in film, not as they see it in real life.
I knew a guy who had a layout with a backdrop which was just white, with mountains painted in place.
In real life, the sky normally isn't all that terribly blue, it's more an extremely light shade of blue.
When I'm done with my layout scenery, my backgrounds are going to be 2D representations of hills on shaped sections of masonite, with the simple white wall behind.
Lee, sound advice and I'll keep it in mind. It proves how subjective painting really is because I had been told by someone else a while back to paint the sky a couple shades darker than in real life. But the sky itself changes constantly with light, clouds, time or year, particles in the air, and the weather, so really it can be painted any number of ways... except how I painted it because looking back at the photos, yes the sky is far to dark. Looking out my window right now, the sky if a very bright and light blue.
I should also add that the tone seems to make a difference. The sky is very bright, almost electric blue in the winter sun, my sky in the painting is pretty dull.
Recently, I started trying out other mediums to see how they differ from acrylic paint. I'm currently experimenting with powdered pastels. Seems to work almost better than painting, and requires less cleanup.