Week of Inspiration 7

General / 25 March 2019

Feel good playlist to start this new week : https://soundcloud.com/tohad/sets/week-of-inspiration-7
(electronic rock, synthwave, chillout)

Concept art from Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse by the amazing Peter Chan (2018, Sony Pictures Animation) : https://www.facebook.com/drawpeter/posts/10216122536210104 

The painting of Xiangyuan Jie is an excellent exemple of the use of blue for depth and shadow in pictures composition : 

The colorful work of Paul Lehr (1930-1998), one of the greatest future-fantasist painters : https://www.google.fr/search?q=Paul+Lehr&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiEgdPW_bvOAhWCUxoKHQF_DdkQ_AUICCgB&biw=1920&bih=919#q=Paul+Lehr&tbm=isch&tbas=0 

Peaceful backgrounds from Howl's Moving Castle ( ハウルの動く城, 2004, Ghibli Studio) 

More inspiration and references on my twitter account : https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh

Have a great week folks!

Week of Inspiration 6

General / 18 March 2019

Sumptuous use of geometric shapes in the compositions of Marie-laure Cruschi (Cruschiform) : http://www.cruschiform.com  

 The power of nature in Andreas Achenbach's paintings (1815 – 1910) : 


And his brother, Oswald Achenbach (1827–1905), was also a painter. The two brothers were called "the A and O of Landscapes" (the Alpha and Omega) :


I am depressed by the Lion King remake trailer with its cold rendering empty of life and without art direction. I prefer to share with you the sublime backgrounds from the original movie : https://imgur.com/a/ST7Nc  


More inspiration and references on my twitter account : https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh

Have a great week folks!

Week of Inspiration 5

General / 11 March 2019

The russian wildlands in the painting of Yefim Volkov (1844-1920) :

Backgrounds from Samurai Jack by Scott Wills (2001/2017, Cartoon Network Studios / Williams Street) : 

Each illustration of Tadahiro Uesugi is a lesson of composition with lights and drop shadows :

More inspiration and references on my twitter account : https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh

Have a great week folks!

Week of Inspiration 4

General / 04 March 2019

Call of the desert, the watercolors of Augustus Osborne Lamplough (1877-1930) 



Backgrounds from Song of the Sea (Amhrán na Mara, 2014 Cartoon Saloon) : 



How to not fall in love with the composition of Szymon Biernacki ? : https://biernac.tumblr.com/  

More inspiration and references on my twitter account : https://twitter.com/sylvainsarrailh

Have a great week folks!

Week of Inspiration 3

General / 26 February 2019

The masterful use of colors and contrasts in the painting of Šetelík Jaroslav (1881-1955)

My favorite urban fantasy is in the backgrounds of Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリー, 2006, Studio 4°C) :  

A world of shapes, the amazing synthesizing works of Neil Campbell Ross http://limbolo.blogspot.fr/ 


Have a great week folks!

Week of Inspiration 2

General / 18 February 2019

Giant ships, infinite seas and clear skies, the painting of Montague Dawson (1890–1973) 

Backgrounds from Sherlock Hound ((名探偵ホームズ Meitantei Hōmuzu, 1984, Tokyo Movie Shinsha) (and yes, directed by Hayao Miyazaki & Kyosuke Mikuriya )


Traditional backgrounds from Day of the Tentacle (1993) by Peter Chan before scan and pixel art : 


Week of Inspiration 1

General / 13 February 2019

Inspiring color schemes in the landscapes of Granville Redmond ( 1871- 1935 )

Backgrounds from A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami, 2011 Production I.G) : 


Edward Brian Seago' vertical compositions (1910-1974) : 

Live digital painting on Twitch

General / 17 May 2018

Hey folks,

Lot of people come to ask me what is my process. So today at 7 PM (CEST), I'll be on Twitch for 2 hours of live painting. ( 1PM New York UTC−4 / 10AM Los Angeles UTC−7)
I'll try to show and share my process and tips on photoshop for the first steps on an environment concept.

Here the Twitch channel : https://www.twitch.tv/umeshulovers

You can use Twitch to ask your questions during the live!
See you!


The influences of Hudson River School movement on the universe of Forest of Liars

General / 04 May 2018

The Hudson River School is an artistic movement that greatly influences Forest of Liars’ artistic direction.
Little known to the general public and initiated by the American painter Thomas Cole, the painting movement of the Hudson River School focuses on the representation of vast contemplative landscapes.

(Thomas Cole - The Last of the Mohicans)

I consider this movement that plays with the gigantic scale of natural elements and the lighting effects, as one of the roots of fantasy.
This vision of the contemplative world calling upon our desire for exploration is very close to my artistic philosophy. When I start a composition, I think first and foremost about how the viewer's eyes will wander through my image like a real forest walk.

(Albert Bierstadt_-_Among the Sierra Nevada)

Beyond the technical success, the sky occupies a very important part in the Hudson River School compositions. A sky after a storm, a sunset, rays of light, everything mixes in the heavens to direct the brightness towards the center of the image.

( Frederic Edwin Church - Rainy Season in the Tropics )

The main goal of a painter is often to approach realism while using their own personal style. Frederic Edwin Church's painting is a true artistic performance demonstrating that one can use realism in the service of the sublime.
Reflections, dust, vapors and sparkles are present in each of his compositions.

(Thomas Cole -Evening in Arcadia )

But how to go further after such a demonstration of artistic power from a two centuries old movement?

With animation! Jean Bultingaire animates each painting that I create for Forest of Liars using Unity. I prepare different layers depending on my image’s depth, Jean positions them in a 3D parallax and animates elements such as vegetation, clouds, birds and particles.

If you are interested in this kind of techniques, I recommend you to watch Stefano Tagliafierro's animated film B E A U T Y. There you will see many paintings from the Romantic movement animated with After Effect :

We hope that you will enjoy Forest of Liars’ contemplative atmosphere. Thank you again for supporting our project and spreading the word!


(thank Mowlie Hall for the english translation)