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Thread: Dan Dos Santos' Illustrations *UPDATE 10/26/10 >>> NEW PAINTING & NEW BLOG

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    Awesome update man! As always, extremely inspiring. Also, I've enjoying your Massive Black DVD.
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    Very nice. I don't know about the book, but this last painting seems a bit more serious than the first two. I don't think the seriousness is the reason, but somehow I like the two first ones better. Best of the bunch in Alien Tango. What is really cool though is when you line them all up like in your blog and you see that deliberate colour scheme of red, blue green magic light. It's a great trick for tying the series together while making them distinctly different.

    A question: When you're painting something like this, with very special lighting, do you take your reference photos in similar lighting to what you want, and take cues for skin tones from there, or do you just make it up based on a solid understanding of how light works? Because all colour, but especially skin tones, vary so much depending on the light situation, it seems to me like it would be very difficult to know how to mix your colours without having done tons of life studies in tons of different lighting situations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpian View Post
    Very nice. I don't know about the book, but this last painting seems a bit more serious than the first two. I don't think the seriousness is the reason, but somehow I like the two first ones better. Best of the bunch in Alien Tango. What is really cool though is when you line them all up like in your blog and you see that deliberate colour scheme of red, blue green magic light. It's a great trick for tying the series together while making them distinctly different.

    A question: When you're painting something like this, with very special lighting, do you take your reference photos in similar lighting to what you want, and take cues for skin tones from there, or do you just make it up based on a solid understanding of how light works? Because all colour, but especially skin tones, vary so much depending on the light situation, it seems to me like it would be very difficult to know how to mix your colours without having done tons of life studies in tons of different lighting situations.
    I used to try to photograph my reference in similar light,
    but it never seemed to capture what I was going for anyways.

    Now, I just implement a bit more color theory into my work.
    For instance, in the "Alien in the Family", I simply omitted yellow from my palette.
    This means I only used variations of green that bordered on blue (not yellow), and variations of red that bordered on blue (not orange).
    Just by eliminating that part of the spectrum, I created a cohesive color scheme.
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    awesome Dan, love the new blog too. Saweet!
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    Incredible work Dan ! It is also refreshing to see traditional oil paintings. Your technique is flawless and clear, really impressive. I wish my acrylic skills were half as good as yours - do you have your own studio ? This has been my main problem, I mainly paint digital these days because of lack of space... anyway, really great work !
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    The new "Alien" piece looks great. I just love the dismembered leg flying through the air. I'm also a fan of the new blog. Great stuff.
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    Wow! truly Amazing works! Very inspiring!
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