waitisthatpee asked: How do you paint your clouds? They always look so amazing.
Ha! I love painting me some clouds- I think originally I tried to stick close to real life clouds, or more accurately, what I thought real life clouds looked like. After a while you realize that you can stick to a couple basic rules, and then just scribble the hell out of it and get decent clouds. Rules like:
— Clouds have shape/mass
—Clouds block light
—Clouds can be literally any color, given the correct atmosphere and lighting conditions to do so. They’re a reflection of light, both ambient and direct. In that mindset, don’t go nutty and put your ubergreen clouds on a blue midday sky, it’ll look very goofy.
Usually how I start is that i’ll have a basic color gradient of sorts for my sky. Then sort scope about and try to get a feel for what colors i’d like my clouds to be, and see how that sits with me. So, for like an orange sky, Start painting a few peach-colored clouds, couple red ones, mix and sample all over your illustration to get different reflections and different tones. Find what you like!
Honestly how i’ll start actually painting the clouds is that I’ll just start scribbling everywhere. Take a sort of sharp-ish, chiseled brush, usually in a darker color than what i’ll end up with for the cloud, and just go…apeshit on that sky. Make it spontaneous. make some crazy-ass clouds that help frame the main part of your image, use it as a tool of composition or a way to convey feeling, oddly enough. Sharp, jagged clouds will make your subject more frightening or imposing, soft, bubbly-ass clouds are lovely and relaxed. In that same way, soft, bubbly clouds on a terrifying monster can create a bit of humorous contrast, and death-metal clouds on bubbles the cat will sorta make it look like something from Deviantart. So…avoid that one. Or don’t. I ain’t the boss of you.
When you’ve got a base on what you want/ or at least negative space that makes you happy, then you can start filling in the form on your clouds. Less is more on this front, though- If you perfectly render each and every cloud like it’s bathed in perfect sunlight—-everywhere—- then you’ll get a windows 95 screensaver. So just keep the rules in mind for clouds, realize how they work, how they act, use good references to help you along, and practice and play to your hearts content!
Hope this helps!