Fantasy oil painting “Underwater ruin”

Fantasy oil painting “Underwater ruin” ©YueZeng2023

Initial thoughts

It starts with movie “Godzilla: King of the monsters”. I was amazed when the submarine dived down deep and discovered ancient architecture. The scene is extraordinary and beautiful.

It is ancient architecture underwater with modern submarine. It is my favorite color palette, blue vs orange. Despite the movie’s story line and some acting issue, I love this part, especially when Dr. Serizawa sacrificed himself for Godzilla.

So, I think it is time for painting some underwater ruins.

Digital sketch

The main theme is straightforward. Light comes through two stone sculptures and all blue shades. Here the diver is the key. The diver not only gives the size reference but also wears modern equipment. To compensate the blue colors, I put a group of orange jellyfish.

Digital sketch of “Underwater ruin” ©YueZeng2023


In oil painting, the first impression for painting light rays is using semi-transparent white color. However, it will reduce the color saturation. So, after the shape and range of light rays have been determined, it is better to go over the whitened area with similar value color. Thus, the light rays feel more on the subject itself rather than suspend on top of canvas.

I am so glad that I actually finished this one. I hope you enjoy it too. ❤

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.