Paint the waves and wa­ter

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

I be­gin paint­ing the wa­ter with big strokes. The way the wa­ter moves around the im­age keeps the viewer’s eye within the scene, so I take care not to dis­rupt this flow. I in­di­cate foam and wa­ter droplets us­ing tex­tured brushes. Be care­ful with your val­ues when do­ing this and re­serve near-white or pure white for a few very bright spots only.

Give the wa­ter some tex­ture

Us­ing a tex­tured bush, I lay down a few strokes and trans­form them to fol­low the waves us­ing Free Trans­form>Warp. I also make sure that the shapes be­come larger the closer they are to the viewer, to in­di­cate per­spec­tive. I lock the trans­parency of that layer and paint over the shapes to add a slight gra­di­ent. Then I re­duce the Opac­ity of the layer.

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