How to Paint Wall Murals : Create Light Source for Wall Mural


IAN LOVEALL: Hi. I’m Ian Loveall with Expert
Village, and we’re talking about mural painting today. Now once you’ve got your design sketched
on the wall, you’ve got your vanishing point established, this perspective is all set up,
the next most important thing is the light source. This is going to create all of the
high light, low light, and shadow in the picture. Now, you can see on this mural here, it’s
sort of an illusion that you’ve broken through this wall and we’re looking at a landscape.
As you can see on this wall, we wanted to create the illusion that instead of a solid
wall, we’re actually looking at a series of arches looking out on a landscape. Now, in
this house, this room is most often used in the afternoon when the sun is actually right
on the other side of that wall. So, I actually just use that as the light source for this
particular painting. I also had to take into account we have a lot of natural light coming
in from the windows here which will create a lot of reflected light. That’s why you can
see this post here is much lighter than this wall here because it’s receiving that reflected
light from the outside sunlight. So, an interesting thing about this particular mural, you may
notice a slight discrepancy between the lighting on the clouds and the lighting on the landscape.
This was because I wanted to introduce a little more color and depth to the hills and so the
clouds have been painted at about 4 o’clock sunlight which would–which was the natural
light that was in the room at that time. The landscape has actually been painted at about
10 o’clock in the morning sunlight. That gives you the nice golden cast over the hillside.
It actually, believe it or not, makes the painting as a whole look more believable using
those two different times as light sources. Just don’t tell anybody, okay?

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