Boost depth and at­mos­phere

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I iden­tify colour and tex­ture vari­a­tion to bring out the depth and at­mos­phere in the piece. I use the sim­plest of brushes with a lit­tle Scat­ter­ing turned on to get the visual ‘noise’ that I see in front of me. I’m not try­ing to du­pli­cate re­al­ity ex­actly, but ap­prox­i­mate the ef­fect I see. This is an im­por­tant dif­fer­ence.

The Scat­ter brush

Nat­u­ral scenes like this have so much visual com­plex­ity that the best we can hope for is to cap­ture the ef­fect of all that com­plex­ity. I’m work­ing on achiev­ing the il­lu­sion of what I see, the visual im­pres­sion, rather than a lit­eral recre­ation of ev­ery dead stick and leaf. To that end, the Scat­ter brush works won­ders.

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