Depicting the watery peril
We now come to one of the most important parts of the image: the waves crashing around the boat and the cliffs. By studying Aivazovsky’s paintings I’m able to establish an effective technique for rendering realistic waves. It’s important to take account of the light, and understand how it scatters and diffuses through the thinner parts of the waves structure. However, I start with the darkest part of the wave.