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: Why are so many paintings landscapes?

E Burna
12-22-2016, 02:52 AM
The title of this one says it all lol, just wondered why painting landscapes seems to be so popular... never really intrigued me to try, but I suppose to each their own?

12-22-2016, 03:35 AM
because its much easier to create depth since person/ objects require a higher understanding of lightning to get details done and with it you also need to have a good grasp on how you mix colors etc.

you can see it in your recent painting "the rico". you created interesting effects intuitiv for the background and the clothes. while you could not on the face since a face is quite complex hence its flat and dull as you cant really play with the planes (yet). with the "rock cock" i immediatly spot mistakes on hand and arm anatomy.

with landscapes you can be vague and since nature is wild by nature ( huehue ) you can create semi realistic things by playing with colors. it is almost certain that you would encounter happy accidents. imho

E Burna
12-22-2016, 02:32 PM
So landscapes being easier then is what I'm taking away from this (thank you for the response)? And landscapes could be something that is done to learn the painting medium better in the beginning typically?

E Burna
12-22-2016, 02:33 PM
wonder if there are good tutorials etc on understanding how to better to faces etc? Although with 'The Rico' I wasn't going for realistic so am ok with that one but I do agree with everything you've said.

12-23-2016, 04:41 AM
i wouldnt say landscapes are easier on the long run but its a more intuitive and easy way to start with traditional painting imo. there is alot information out there how to draw the planes of a face. just google "planes of face" and you have a good start. andrew loomis has a good approach specially if you fancy heroic characters. you can google his books easily - they are accessible for free.

if your goal is to achieve some kind of realism it is more about learning how light and shadow cooperate with each other and color theory. after all you can only create the illusion of depth so its kind of logical that you understand how we percieve the light reflecting on objects ( or the lack of light ) so you can artificially re-create these events.

for example an easy way to create depth in landscapes is with the use of aerial perspective. if you look this up on wikipedia the first introduction already gives you all information you need to re-create that effect :

Aerial perspective or atmospheric perspective refers to the effect the atmosphere has on the appearance of an object as it is viewed from a distance. As the distance between an object and a viewer increases, the contrast between the object and its background decreases, and the contrast of any markings or details within the object also decreases. The colours of the object also become less saturated and shift towards the background color, which is usually blue, but under some conditions may be some other color (for example, at sunrise or sunset distant colors may shift towards red).

so - if something is further away we will have lighter colors which fade to a neutral light grey/ white ( or background color ). the next thing is how light bounces of off objects. how the surface "swallows" a part of the spectrum of the light lets take plants as example and you can look up the following information :

Green plants are green because they contain a pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll absorbs certain wavelengths of light within the visible light spectrum. As shown in detail in the absorption spectra, chlorophyll absorbs light in the red (long wavelength) and the blue (short wavelength) regions of the visible light spectrum. Green light is not absorbed but reflected, making the plant appear green.

if the surface is hard and sleek the light hitting the object doesnt scatter alot and you will get a small but intense highlight compared to a rough surface. if you would zoom into a rough/ matte surface you would see cliffs and gaps ( like a frottee towel ) hence light gets reflected in much different ancles so naturally you dont get a tiny intense highlight but a feathered out illumination instead.

light hitting an object will always bounce off and hue ( color ) may change during this process and eventually hit another object close by.

so the more you know about the science of light and how stuff actually works the easier it will be for you to create the illusion of things existing without existing ;)

08-11-2019, 12:36 AM
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09-03-2019, 11:28 PM
Probably because it's the most readily available subject.

09-24-2019, 06:30 AM
Because landscapes are beautiful, soothing, and relaxing.

10-01-2019, 12:34 AM
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