One aspect of my landscape paintings that I’d like to improve is the sense of space and depth. I suspect that I’m too easily led astray by my crystal-clear reference photographs, such as this one, below:
So of course, this means that I have to do studies! Here is that same scene, but broken down in 3-D lineart…
… then simplified to 4-5 grey values…
… and finally, a detailed value study!
I can’t say I’m %100 satisfied with the mountain in the background, but those foreground trees and that road really pop! Full disclosure: I actually broke my own rule and used all kinds of crazy Photoshop brushes to create the pine trees. The more of these landscape studies I do, the more I move away from traditional media and embrace the digital.
2 thoughts on “Studies for La Malbaie”
Thank you Emma for breaking down the steps in photoshop. I really didn’t know how it all works. Jim bought me a tablet called “Bamboo” years ago. I am suppose to be able to draw with it on a downloaded photo. I have never tried it. Maybe I will be brave enough to try now.
Painting with a tablet certainly takes some getting used to, but it’s second nature to me now! What can be harder to master is the wealth of Photoshop brushes at your disposal. 😉