What ad­vice do you have for de­sign­ing and paint­ing a mar­ket scene?

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Della Rain­son, Aus­tralia

Char­lotte replies

Paint­ing a mar­ket scene gives you the chance to cre­ate some­thing vi­brant and vis­ually in­ter­est­ing. Use repet­i­tive shapes and di­rec­tional pat­terns to draw the eye deeper into your com­po­si­tion, and add in­ter­est by us­ing high sat­u­ra­tion light­ing and lay­er­ing tex­tured brushes. If you’re draw­ing a fan­tasy mar­ket you can af­ford to ex­ag­ger­ate these el­e­ments for greater ef­fect by aim­ing to cre­ate con­trast. Your fo­cus here will be on the am­bi­ence of the scene, so be con­fi­dent of your light sources and don’t be afraid to clut­ter your com­po­si­tion!

As you plot out your scene, give thought to the stalls you want at the fore­front. These will give you a chance to ren­der ex­otic and in­ter­est­ing ma­te­ri­als that add a sto­ry­telling el­e­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment, and en­hance your cho­sen light­ing con­di­tions. For ex­am­ple, do you want spec­u­lar re­flec­tive met­als? Fine fab­rics that fil­ter your light sources? In­cense that adds a dif­fu­sive, smokey film to cer­tain ar­eas? Each of these will give your paint­ing a dif­fer­ent mood, so mak­ing these de­ci­sions early on can be ben­e­fi­cial, en­abling you to block out your com­po­si­tion with a con­fi­dence that will be re­flected by the fi­nal re­sult.

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