Refining the silhouettes
I’ve used various materials to create this image – now it’s time to refine the composition in its separate layers. This also enables me to give the image a particular mood and style. I use domes from Eastern European cities, but I want to move away from the original reference as much as possible. I echo the statue’s trident on the tops of several buildings. The great thing about working with Layers on separate levels is that you can Color Balance them separately and fake atmospheric depth. You can also lose details in the background, and this is how I create more mysterious shapes that are only just visible in the distance. I also generate layers of mist between layers of architecture to separate them, and backlight the silhouettes of the buildings.