Using a Hard Chalk brush I continue adding detail. I bring in a few photographic elements I’ve taken throughout New Zealand and integrate these textures, changing the composite mode of each layer. I add layer masks to reveal portions I want and nest Curve Adjustments to Layers to balance them in.
Rethinking the concept
Some figures on the foreground ledge indicated in the last iteration clearly need more presence in order to be read. This shot is about a sci-fi expedition facing the bitter wilderness, but currently it’s all about the glacier. I reframe the characters to a closer vantage point and rough in an armoured transport to clarify the technological aspect of the crew.