Com­pose an ur­ban bat­tle scene

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Show­ing the most in­tense point in the story can be a good sub­ject for your piece, but of­ten paint­ing the mo­ment right be­fore or af­ter the height of ac­tion can cre­ate more ten­sion. For this scene, I’m paint­ing a group of soldiers be­ing sur­rounded as a tank ap­proaches. You can group the dif­fer­ent fac­tions to­gether for more ob­vi­ous fo­cal points.


I’ve left a few places on the can­vas that aren’t dam­aged. The build­ings, roads, cars and sky all sug­gest that this bat­tle has been rag­ing for some time, and the aero­plane wing on the ground says there’s pow­er­ful weaponry be­ing used. I’ve even left rem­nants of the sketch through­out, be­cause tat­tered build­ing guts are mostly ab­stract, busy shapes.


Load­ing the edges with scenery el­e­ments that are mostly cropped out of the im­age, such as see­ing just the top of a nearby fire or hav­ing build­ings that stretch be­hind the viewer, also give the im­pres­sion that the ac­tion is much big­ger than what’s con­tained in the pic­ture plane. If ev­ery­thing is sec­tioned off too neatly, the ac­tion can feel staged.

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