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Epic Sky 01 by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley Epic Sky 01 by Chris Oatley by ChrisOatley

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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SharonIllumined Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  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 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So pretty! I love the strong strokes and vivid colors :D
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KIRKparrish Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work Chris. A great story makes the work all that much more memorable.
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elphie393 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student General Artist
So beautiful! It's super encouraging to see digital painterly styles. 
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Lasthielli Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I'll definitely examine the brush strokes... one by one...
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Sounds great! We'll be here when you're ready!
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gabrielwillames Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Artist
magic
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Haha. Thank you.
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Meema Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thank you!
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Artist
same thing haha
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thank you!
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Tongman Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Loving those brush strokes, Chris.
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thanks, buddy. You're awesome.
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2Lucid Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
EPIC!
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
If only I were as epic as you, Jose.
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2Lucid Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Professor! But this landscape takes my title... Super work!
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alexmszero Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Interface Designer
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD WORK MY FRIEND! <3
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ChrisOatley Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Oh my - Thank you SO MUCH!
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Pretty-Angel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Thank you! That's wonderful to hear!
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