Crystal vases are beautiful to behold–even when they stand empty, gathering and splaying rays of light that dance with a tilt of your head. But they present a unique challenge for the artist: the clear glass and refracted light take a patient hand and an understanding that Soon Y. Warren has mastered.
“Portraying cut crystal looks complicated and difficult at first glance,” says Soon. “Creating a painting that has such detail requires both patience and time; however, when you start to break down the large shapes and define each element with light and dark, eventually you’ll define the overall shape and convey the transparency of the glass. In order to show the sparkle of glass, preserve the white of the paper for the highlights using masking fluid. The surrounding colors within the composition define the shadow and color of the glass.”
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blog for 3 masking tips from Soon, and a link to a free demonstration of her painting process.