Storm X


Here’s the first sweep at the sky, an ultramarine blue over the white, easy on the medium. I’ll darken the sky a lot more because it’s way too bright right now and then I’ll work some details into the ocean. I’ll need to visit Malibu for some reference shots, I guess…

The curve of the clouds echoes that of the land and will isolate the falling figure in the blue sky. I added the first layer of red for the rose inside the unfolding cube and dry-brushed Titanium white onto the surfaces of the box. 

This change in the sky and ocean looks like it was a major piece of work, but it all was done very fast: filling large areas like this makes a big difference to the look of the whole piece, but is accomplished with ease. This is the first layer of work on the sea and sky, so they will change a great deal before it’s finished.

My photo reference for the falling man has turned out to be useless, because the lighting is completely incorrect, but now I know exactly how to remedy the problem, lesson learned. 

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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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