Let shapes guide your com­po­si­tion

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1 When start­ing a new paint­ing, make an ef­fort to fo­cus on the big shapes and how they re­late to each other. When shapes re­cede into the dis­tance they be­come lighter, so try to place lay­ers of shapes on top of each other to give your scene a sense of dis­tance. 2 Once I’m sat­is­fied with the com­po­si­tion I start block­ing out the struc­tures in 3D. Af­ter that I drag and drop them into Pho­to­shop, and try to sep­a­rate the build­ings ac­cord­ing to the layer of rock they’re place upon. This makes it eas­ier to add de­tails to them later on. 3 Fi­nally, I fo­cus on the light­ing and colour scheme, and start to de­tail every­thing. By us­ing a large Soft brush on an Over­lay layer you can quickly bathe an im­age in light and make a cer­tain area feel es­pe­cially warm or cold. All that’s left now is to add lit­tle lights and we’re done!

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