Es­tab­lish­ing scale

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I look for my darker darks, which hap­pen to be in the tree trunks, and then I add few del­i­cate branches. This es­tab­lishes scale. If ev­ery­thing in the scene had the same chunky thick­ness it wouldn’t rep­re­sent the va­ri­ety of sizes that ex­ist in real life. Once I add a few of th­ese the smaller marks, scale is im­plied for the rest of the paint­ing.

Trans­form the im­age

My ground plane isn’t sup­port­ing the depth in the im­age as much as I’d like. So I copy the im­age and trans­form it with the Per­spec­tive tool. I then add a few im­plied tex­ture changes to break up all the green. Even though there are no bla­tant per­spec­tive cues here, like rail­road tracks, ev­ery scene car­ries per­spec­tive cues and it’s the artist’s job to re­in­force them.

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