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Old 06-28-2012, 04:35 PM
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Ice, water and fog in watercolor??

I am working on a book jacket for my friend in return for a favor. He is writing a book about the end of the last big ice age and a history of human inventions from the stone age and on with a feminist twist.

Anyway I agreed to do this book cover and he wants large chunks of ice melting into streams and pools and fog covered grass with his main characters in the foreground.

I am best with watercolor plus I thought that the vibrant colors would suit his needs best.

How do I paint ice, icy streams and fog in watercolor??
I know how to paint in watercolor but I am kinda stuck on this one.

thanks for any and all help,

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Re: Ice, water and fog in watercolor??

Sounds like an interesting commission.

Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will find some inspiration here.

Why not do a Google Advanced search of wetcanvas.com for Ice, fog and watercolor? Here's one for example. and here's another.

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Re: Ice, water and fog in watercolor??

How about something like this?

http://www.ginzburg.se/showPicture2....010&id=001.jpg
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Re: Ice, water and fog in watercolor??

Jojo, painting various atmospheric conditions--rain, mist, snow, fog, etc.--generally means painting with light to middle light values, tints and little contrast. Of course, it all depends on one's intent.

Vibrant colors would certainly not normal in such lighting conditions. Vibrant colors occur with full, intense direct illumination.

Shapes are important and would be devoid of detail and viewed largely in silhouette, with soft and lost edges. The farther in the distance are the shapes, the more "lost to silhouette" they would be. Only in the close foreground would there be much visible, with limited contrast, for any shapes.

Strong value contrasts and/or hue contrasts (or leaving white of the paper) may destroy the feeling of atmospheric effects. This is why these landscape paintings are among the most challenging to make interesting and compelling.

Here's one example, albeit an urban scene with lots of hard-edged foreground shapes, of these principles (unfortunately, I don't know the painter's name):



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kinda like that, ya. He describes a kinda strange enviroment where there is permaice melting into a brilliant green meadow with foggy streams running through it. Kind of a paradox, but I can see what I can do. That picture does help alot though.

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Jojo, painting various atmospheric conditions--rain, mist, snow, fog, etc.--generally means painting with light to middle light values, tints and little contrast. Of course, it all depends on one's intent.

Vibrant colors would certainly not normal in such lighting conditions. Vibrant colors occur with full, intense direct illumination.

Shapes are important and would be devoid of detail and viewed largely in silhouette, with soft and lost edges. The farther in the distance are the shapes, the more "lost to silhouette" they would be. Only in the close foreground would there be much visible, with limited contrast, for any shapes.

Strong value contrasts and/or hue contrasts (or leaving white of the paper) may destroy the feeling of atmospheric effects. This is why these landscape paintings are among the most challenging to make interesting and compelling.

Here's one example, albeit an urban scene with lots of hard-edged foreground shapes, of these principles (unfortunately, I don't know the painter's name):



Hope this helps,
Virgil


Thank you, this gives me an idea of what to do...however the sun is bright and there is fog coming from the melting ice and it is localized within the water and the ice, but then he wants vibrant green grass. I was thinking of keeping the ice and fog in the background and the brighter colors in the foreground with the fog localized just around the small streams cutting through the grass with his characters in the middle area. Is this do-able??
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Sounds like an interesting commission.

Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will find some inspiration here.

Why not do a Google Advanced search of wetcanvas.com for Ice, fog and watercolor? Here's one for example. and here's another.

Doug

thank you for the links, I will try it myself. I like the way the OP of that "pour it on for Kevin" thread described how he/she did it. Very helpful, thank you
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