I painted this as a demonstration of how to use lighting to control value for my new Schoolism class which will be starting this fall
. I see it as a companion class to my other one
(used to be called "Advanced Lighting," it's still an advanced class though), where the "Fundamentals" class talks about the technical aspects of painting light and surface, and the new Concept/Story Lighting class will talk about translating those technical skills into well-designed and appealing images.
Thanks everyone for the support and comments, I know I don't comment back as often as I ought to, but I read everything even when I'm short on time and even the small kindnesses!