Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2011-01-02 10:44 am  Permalink|
I have been wanting to post this for a while:
A "Before" and "After" comparison in regards to the LIGHTING of black velvets, as demonstrated on one of Thor's fine Shrunken Head specimens.
In general black velvet paintings are in need of being lit by their own little spotlight. In addition to that, it makes a big difference what color the spot has. I learned from my cinematography that using the SAME color than one of the ones in the subject you are lighting ENHANCES that specific color considerably. Like when I light a Blue Screen with blue filters, it practically GLOWS in blue as a result.
Here is the shrunken head in ambient daylight alone (which is "blue" in color):
and here after I put a tungsten spot on it, which is WARM in color temperature:
Unfortunately my digital camera falsifies the effect in regard to making the blue looked all washed out, it ain't so to the human eye. But where it really is accurate is in showing HOW MUCH the warm background colors are all aglow now and enhancing the depth of the painting. The tungsten light practically makes the piece be on fire and pop off the canvas:
Thank you Thor for this fine piece of paganism!