Thursday, October 08, 2020

Three Views of a Red Ruin


 

Here are three views of a small home or office that was ravaged by fire or explosion sometime in the past. I like the grass, rubble, and the texture of the outer walls, but I think the paint is too red, too fresh-looking. I should have used a lighter shade or less paint. Maybe there's a way I can fix it..? 

4 comments:

Sean Woods said...

Maybe paint some graffiti on it? I think it looks good as is, however.

Sean Woods said...

Or mabye drybrush with a lighter red.

Earl J. Woods said...

I like that second idea. Well, I like both ideas, except the graffitti would limit the number of time periods I could use it in...

Jeff Shyluk said...

Stipple with a dry paintbrush. Use darker earth colours to blend in the hue of the soil, then as you go up, use lighter earth colours. Then make some very dark green and have it be very, very thin. Dribble that along the top edge and let it creep down into the gaps in the bricks. Then make washes of very thin lighter olive green to take down the vibrant red, and the bricks should turn a muddy greyish brown. If you apply colours opposite to each other in the colour wheel, you achieve grey-brown, which is the best way to tone down any brash colour.

Then go back and re-apply bits of your original red so that it "peeks" through the grime.

Then use a toothbrush and use wet spatter to make more dark brown then light brown grime that's random.

What you are doing is creating a patina, layers of colours that mount upon the original colours.