Can you help me paint a sandstorm without it looking like a brown blob?!
Painting a sandstorm using Photoshop is relatively easy. However, making a sandstorm look interesting can be a bit trickier, since we’re basically talking about a rolling cloud of dust and… well, sand.
So consider adding some element of story to your sandstorm painting. Is the sandstorm on Earth or an alien planet? Is it engulfing the ruins of an ancient city way out in the desert? How about painting a desert nomad becoming engulfed by the sandstorm?
Hopefully, you’ll have some ideas of how to paint more than just an orange dust cloud. Now for the process. What you need to think about for a background scene of a sandstorm is that it basically looks like a rolling cumulus cloud, but one that’s much more fuzzy around the edges, and significantly denser. You won’t get much light scattering in a sandstorm, and you won’t see very far inside it. Basically, it’ll be like looking at a scene that’s affected by thick, sand-coloured fog.
An obscured figure is one way to give your sandstorm a sense of depth and volume.