How to Paint a Spotlight Effect

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James Gurney
Published at : 17 Nov 2020
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James Gurney explains how to focus the light on one part of a plein-air painting of a 1962 Chevy Impala. He starts with a casein underpainting and paints the first washes with a limited palette of watercolor, then introduces some gouache passages for the final details.

He also demonstrates these effects using a white cube in actual sunlight, blocking some of the light with a cardboard frame, and showing what happens when the sun goes behind a cloud.
MATERIALS:

WATER MEDIA PAINTS
• M. Graham gouache primary set: https://amzn.to/2Zwd6rt
• Holbein Acryla Gouache (matte acrylic): https://amzn.to/2L0g3MT
• Richeson casein set: https://amzn.to/2L02U6R
• Naples yellow (watercolor): https://www.amazon.com/M-Graham-Artist-Naples-Yellow/dp/B001JPIQLU/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=graham+naples+yellow+watercolor&qid=1592257171&sr=8-2
• Terra rosa (watercolor): https://amzn.to/2qRjCNN
• Anthraquinone blue: https://amzn.to/2WrK1h8
• Titanium white (gouache): https://amzn.to/2XSOld4
Pentalic watercolor sketchbook: https://amzn.to/2L989y2
Richeson travel brush set: https://amzn.to/2xwq1Rr
Water cup: https://amzn.to/2soTw2L
Homemade easel: https://sellfy.com/p/LnZ8/
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2xrRaFc
Water-soluble colored pencils set: https://amzn.to/2DKmT5o
VIDEO TUTORIALS:
"Gouache in the Wild" (Download on Gumroad): https://gumroad.com/l/gouache
"Gouache in the Wild" on (DVD): http://kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX004NVKHN
“Casein Painting in the Wild” (Download on Gumroad): https://gumroad.com/l/casein
“How to Make a Sketch Easel” (DVD): http://kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00Z4M3XY
“Watercolor in the Wild” (Download) https://gumroad.com/l/watercolor
Casein in the Wild: https://gumroad.com/l/casein

BLOG POSTS WITH MORE GEAR INFO:
Gouache Materials List: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2016/07/gouache-materials-list.html
Watercolor Materials: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2014/08/watercolor-in-wild-materials.html

BOOKS BY JAMES GURNEY:
Color and Light: A Guide for Realist Painters: https://amzn.to/2JhWtfc
Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist: https://amzn.to/2LbVHhc
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time: https://amzn.to/2xyamRM

OTHER OFFICIAL SITES
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamesgurneyart/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/GurneyJourney/
GurneyJourney Blog: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/
JamesGurney Website: http://jamesgurney.com/site/shop
Facebook group "Sketch Easel Builders": https://www.facebook.com/groups/403006076777641/?source_id=121255121263267

“LIVING SKETCHBOOK” APP
Experience one of James Gurney's sketchbooks on your smartphone or tablet.
For iOS at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/living-sketchbook-vol-1-boyhood-home/id1209783393?ls=1&mt=8
For Android at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livingsketchbook1

CAMERAS and AUDIO:
Canon M6 (time lapse, video, and stills): https://amzn.to/2J4RTgX
Canon PowerShot Elph (point-and-shoot): https://amzn.to/2Ji1Vid
Zoom H2N digital audio recorder: https://amzn.to/2XXAOfP
Rode Video Mic GO (microphone): https://amzn.to/2UQGTc9
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