Shadows and Light

Putting shadow beside the Lady, the sword and the grail made everything feel far more three dimensional. The sword casts an interesting shadow shape which I enjoyed working out, while the grail is much closer to the wall, so the shadow is far simpler. Adding highlights to the sword and cup helped with solidity, making the grail feel more earthen, while clean areas of white with hard edges made the blade start to feel more metallic. A little blue over this should make the blade feel quite steely.

Continuing to build shadows I darkened the area beneath the arm and immediately to the right of the Queen’s torso so that she is more within the space, feels less flat.

I worked on the boxing around the stained glass for a little while, figuring out how the coloured light would tint the surface of the wall beside it, suggesting that the world within the paintings continues outside the window.

I’m getting pretty excited about getting the show up and running – we’ll hang it in a week!

About pearce

Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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