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‘Young Astronaut’ Underpainting Continued: The Background

I’ve made some good progress on the underpainting for ‘Young Astronaut’.  The shuttle and the station are both in place, and so far all the pieces seem to be playing together well.  Having all of this visual context will be really helpful while I work on the more critical part of the composition: the young astronaut himself.

If the underpainting looks a bit dim, its because I’m purposefully limiting by palette, not just to neutral colors, but I’m also reserving the brightest value steps for the color phase of the painting. This will all0w for more natural lighting on the figure, give more impact to the highlights, more intensity to the sunlight on the shuttle, and more glow to the earth.

By |2018-09-06T21:41:39+00:00March 30th, 2017|Art and Science, Art Theory, Artwork, Painting Progress, Portraits|2 Comments


  1. Julie May 1, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for these. I am finally at a point in my life where I can start to be serious about art again. And while I now have the time, I have been having trouble finding technique information and struggling to find a decent way to transfer my drawing on to canvas. I am so happy that I stumbled on to your website this morning. Things are beginning to make a lot more sense now.

    • Bryan May 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      My pleasure, Julie. If you have any other technique questions, please feel free to drop me an email. As Bob Ross would say, “Happy painting!”

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