Texturing: Stone Textures and Colour Temperature

Temperature in Colour: Colours like red, orange and yellow are considered warm colours. They can help bring life to an image, used as a highlight with a higher saturation, yellow can represent sunlight. Blues, purple, greens and greys are considered cooler colours. Good for shadows or when used sparingly, to break up a warm coloured image with some well placed contrast can add interest to an image. Categorising the colours like this splits the colour wheel in half. This helps when deciding to make an image monochromatic, contrasting or complimentary colours. Certain temperature images can also provoke emotion in the viewer. Golds and reds together can make someone feel warm and love, while light blues and aquas can make you feel the chill of an image be it icy or isolation.

Stone Texture: Our next class exercise in texturing is how to paint stone, we painted two different types marble and the second is a contrasting rough stone texture.

Here is the break down of my marble texture: Starting off with a lightly saturated blue wash, I fill my canvas which is 1024px squared.  marbleTexture_step1
The next thing I want to do it put in some texture using a spackled brush and a darker colour in the same tint of blue. I then quickly scrubbed this texture over the canvas, erasing the parts I felt needed to be white.

Time to add in some darker saturation of the same hue, this time choosing a small hard brush. Varying it’s size and having opacity on pen pressure I quickly scrawl in some lightning like lines.

Now don’t feel intimidated here by how much detail all of a sudden appeared, I just got the first two layers and duplicated them a few times, playing with layer mode, opacity and rotation of the layer. I also started to add more saturation in finer detail to the detail in the marble.

My final thumbnail I started to add in some white with the same brush I used to make the textured layer in the second thumbnail. I then finished it off by cleaning up the detail layer so it looked a little less like obvious photoshop brush strokes.



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