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Epic Sky 01 by Chris Oatley
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Published: October 1, 2014
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This is the first demo for my “Epic Skies” tutorial series which is a part of my digital painting course called The Magic Box.

My friend Stephen and I were out for an evening walk-n-talk a few weeks ago. The sunset was amazing so we started looking for a higher vantage point. We turned a corner and spotted a football stadium on the campus of a nearby community college.

We hurried, trying to make it to the stadium before we missed our opportunity to see the sunset from the top of the stadium. Every door and gate was locked so, like the rule-bending high school kids we were twenty years ago, we jumped the fence and climbed to the top of the stadium.

As I hope you can see from the painting, the view was well worth the effort.

This was painted from a photo I took with my iPhone. I tried to keep the painting very loose and emotional without sacrificing a thoughtful design. Look at the high-res version to examine the brush strokes.

The brushes I used for this painting will soon be available on my website.

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Comments (23)
SharonIllumined's avatar
SharonIllumined|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never cease to be mesmerized by this! I learned so much just by looking at this over and over. <3
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UntoldPromises's avatar
UntoldPromises|Student Digital Artist
So pretty! I love the strong strokes and vivid colors :D
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KIRKparrish|Professional Digital Artist
Nice work Chris. A great story makes the work all that much more memorable.
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elphie393's avatar
elphie393|Student General Artist
So beautiful! It's super encouraging to see digital painterly styles. 
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Lasthielli's avatar
I'll definitely examine the brush strokes... one by one...
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keight's avatar
This is lovely. Yes, I am interested in your course; as soon as my comp and I are fit to work again.
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Sounds great! We'll be here when you're ready!
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gabrielwillames's avatar
magic
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Haha. Thank you.
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Meema's avatar
Meema|Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Thank you!
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CinderBlockStudios|Professional Traditional Artist
From the thumbnail this looked like a photo! The full view feels so much like an oil painting. Love the color especially the light bouncing off the clouds.
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gabrielwillames's avatar
same thing haha
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Thank you!
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Tongman|Professional Filmographer
Loving those brush strokes, Chris.
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Thanks, buddy. You're awesome.
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2Lucid|Professional Digital Artist
EPIC!
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ChrisOatley's avatar
If only I were as epic as you, Jose.
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2Lucid|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Professor! But this landscape takes my title... Super work!
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alexmszero|Student Interface Designer
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD WORK MY FRIEND! <3
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Oh my - Thank you SO MUCH!
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Pretty-Angel|Professional Digital Artist
wonderful work with the colours here - the thumbnail looks like a photo! the brush-strokes in the big version are lovely. :heart:
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ChrisOatley's avatar
Thank you! That's wonderful to hear!
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