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Day 4: Eureka to Crescent City

I had too much fun last night, this morning I woke up with a massive headache, and no desire to do anything but sleep. SO i slept in, and after waking up I went to a local coffee shop and waited 30 minutes for a "gourmet organic" cup of black coffee. Meh.

It's only a two hour drive from Eureka to Crescent City, heading up the coast line, but I took every scenic byway and local road I could find, so it took me about 8 hours. I was perfectly happy to drive throughout the redwood forests, see a herd of elk passing and hike through the forests and beaches.

I found a river and followed it into the ocean, decided that it was a perfect spot for a painting. Im not super happy with how this painting turned out, but it was a nice time.

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After driving through the redwoods I stumbled across an unlisted beach that sat on the 101 highway, I was very pleasantly suprised to find this wonderful place and spend a few hours hiking around and painting.

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Tomorrow morning I'll be heading to Truckee California, an 8 hour drive from Crescent City! AWWW YEAH

Love,

Nick

Digital Painting Process

I am leaving for my plein air road trip tomorrow, for now just finished a digital painting study and I want to share some of my thought process with you.

Here is the final image, I spent about 2-3 hours painting this.

This is the reference I used for my painting, The composition lighting and many other elements have been changed, but you can see where I drew my inspiration. 

It's important for me to not copy the reference exactly, I like to spend some time studying my reference while I am sketching but once I get into the painting process I want to put the reference away so I am free to make my own decisions.

I made two color comps which are not exactly what the final painting looks like. I always feel more comfortable when I plan through an image before actually starting the final painting. Even if it's just a mental plan, that helps me make more confident decisions and I can still improvise at any time.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about the values in this painting. From the beginning of the process I am thinking about what kind of value structure I want in my image: what direction is my light coming from? How strong is the lighting? Is it an overcast or sunny day? etc...

Basically I ask myself a lot of questions, partly because it helps me feel more familiar with the scene and partly because it opens up my curiosity and allows me to have more fun while I paint! 

If I was not having fun while painting this, there is no way I would have continued, this is my personal work and the goal is to have fun and relax.

ANYWAYS, I'm going to a live podcast taping of TAZ, this evening and I hit the road tomorrow late morning so I will talk to you then!

Love,

Nick