Step-by-step: Cre­ate an at­mo­spheric rooftop city scene

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I draw roof shapes, con­cen­trat­ing on larger fore­ground el­e­ments, but in­di­cat­ing where fo­cal points such as a dis­tant church will fea­ture. The set­ting sun will be on the right be­hind the fore­ground roof and chim­ney stack. I use the Pre­cise vari­a­tion of the ArtRage pen­cil on a layer over a tinted, can­vas-tex­tured back­ground. This colour be­comes the base white.


I con­sol­i­date the fore­ground shapes and build up tone and colour. I also in­tro­duce some tex­tu­ral in­ter­est us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate sten­cils. ArtRage doesn’t yet sup­port ir­reg­u­lar trans­for­ma­tion of sten­cils, so I paint through it on a sep­a­rate layer and trans­form the re­sult af­ter­wards. Work into the layer to boost the ef­fect with your cho­sen paint tools.


To both con­trast and em­pha­sise the strong yel­low colour cast, I in­tro­duce some blue/pur­ple in the sky. I also add a high­light layer to pick out edges where I want them. I start with adding some form to the clouds. I re­peat these pro­cesses, in­clud­ing ap­ply­ing an over­all colour wash for co­her­ence near the fin­ish. Fi­nally, I work back into it to strengthen the ef­fect.

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