Speed painting tutorial back lighting horseback archer

This tutorial shows you how to paint a back lid type of illustration or painting. Back lighting means you will see the figures or object mostly in shadow. There can possibly be rim light along the edge of the subject. It mostly come from one side and some occasion both sides of the subject.
Full blog post http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/2014/05/09/digital-painting-tutorial-back-lighting/

This is a painting of a quick concept art of a archer on a horseback.
Since we are going to see a lot of open sky and cloud in this one, I pay a lot of attention to the background on how to get the cloud and the light to look right with minimum detail.
Then I start painting the horse with just a silhouette of a horse. Shapes are really important in painting. If you can get the big bold shape correct, you are more than half way done. As long as you shape contains realistic essence of the subject, it can look very realistic and dramatic lighting will help elevate your painting to another level without much effort.
Then I do the same to the rider and so on.

Tips on speedpainting. Keep it simple first and make your image clear and easy to read or identify.
Things you should focus on primarily.
1) Shapes
2) Lighting and mood
3) Edges and depth of field.

There are actually more things to consider like color temperature, color scheme, etc. But if you can nail those three important things within thirty minutes, the rest will come with time.

Thanks for watching, keep on painting.

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