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