Cre­ate a line sketch

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I al­ways start with a loose line sketch on its own layer, to help block in the lo­ca­tions of key items in the com­po­si­tion. If work­ing on an an­i­mated film this might be de­fined from an un­lit pro­duc­tion frame, but I still usu­ally draw a sim­ple line sketch over the ren­der so I can have it for eas­ier paint­ing.

Re­sist lo­cal colour think­ing

The most com­mon mis­take I see with new artists is to only think about lo­cal colour (trees are brown, leaves are green, grass is green, sky is blue, rock is grey, wa­ter is blue) and then only paint lighter and darker vari­a­tions of those lo­cal colours to mimic light. Don’t get trapped! Light is a pow­er­ful tool, so try to throw out your as­sump­tions about lo­cal colour and only think about light.

Au­gust 2015

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