"Glowing Colors" by Tom Brown
I want to understand how and why the values and colors seem so intense and glowing here.
I thought maybe the 'overspray' effect was the key, but I took it into photoshop and erased that and it barely diminished the effect.
Then I switched it to greyscale to see if it had anything to do with the semi-complementary colors offsetting but that didn't change it much either.
The only other things I can think of are the value scale, contrast, and those firm edge value transitions.
The difference between the darkest shadow and brightest highlight isn't all that severe.
The contrast is strong in places, especially above and below the blue ring of the cup that does glow very strong.
I wonder if the effect would be so strong if the value shifts were smooth and natural instead of the firm transitions, especially on the orange. That contrast may be key.
I just know somebody is going to tell me it's all of the above. Still, any insight would be cherished.