How do you make a subject or a shape look three-dimensional? What is the effective strategy to painting a subject round? How many colors do you need to accomplish this? Have you ever thought about how many different colors you need to create a convincing sense of volume?
We painters work on a two dimensional surface, yet many of us like to make a subject look three-dimensional.Perhaps, you have a ripe red apple you want to paint or a billowing storm cloud? Or you want a boulder to convey its mass and that nose to bend.
Our flat surfaces – canvas, board, paper – present a challenge and many of us love this technical challenge of creating a sense of three-dimension. I know this is something I like to project in my paintings. It is our job to persuade the viewer that we are painting a subject round. [Read more…]