Digital Stained Glass
I have been attracted to the effects of stained glass since I was a child, but this art medium was not offered when I was at art college, and the methods and materials for creating it seemed laborious to me, so I gave up on the idea until I started painting with light, and also using digital technology. I realized that could get a somewhat close effect to this ancient art medium, but in a more spontaneous way.
Stained Glass Design No.5 / Sunlight Painting / Terry Long
I was still using light as a main ingredient, but not having to join fragments of glass with lead. One of the earliest examples of coloured glass used in a window was found at St.Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow, England, which would date it around 686 AD.
Close up of Stained Glass Design No.6 / Sunlight Painting / 2014 / Terry Long
Real stained glass normally uses sunlight to display it, but the digital stained glass effect requires sunlight to create it.
Stained Glass Design No.6 / Sunlight Painting / 2014 / Terry Long
The designs were created by painting with prisms and sunlight onto white illustration board in sections. The process was recorded with a Nikon D700 digital camera using a Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens, mounted on a tripod. There is usually a lot of time spent in post production with photoshop to achieve the complexity of design. For historical information on stained glass try these links… www.stainedglass.org and http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/glas/hd_glas.htm