Monday, November 12, 2012

Northern Lights Illustration


A new illustration of the Northern Lights and an Arctic Fox. I tend to work pretty fast, but was one of those pieces that stayed in the studio for a while. It took a bit of work to get the sky looking right.

The Northern Lights remind me of Christmas, so the idea was always for this one to be a Christmas Card.


Northern Lights Christmas Cards
Northern Lights Print



4 comments:

  1. Amazing sky! May I ask what is your technique for keeping the stars so crisply white while surrounded by all that wet watercolor? Stunning as usual, David, always love your work.

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    1. Thanks! In this particular one they are done with white gouache on top of the watercolor. In the past, I have also used masking fluid to keep them white. I have also done them freehand before, but this results in a much more textured/layered sky - which can be interesting but wouldn't work here.

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  2. Are the stars splattered on top of the watercolour base? It looks like a great technique for me to try. As for painting the Northern Lights as beautifully as you have, well...that might take a few years of practice. :)

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    1. Yes, I used a white gouache for the stars in this one. You could also experiment with using masking fluid, which dries rubbery and repels the watercolor, then you peel it away afterward.

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