Q&A: Emer­ald sea

Ken Har­ris, Eng­land

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With the light, the most im­por­tant thing you should have in mind is that the wa­ter re­flects the light much like a mir­ror. So it doesn’t mat­ter if the sea is green or not, it will re­flect at least par­tially any sur­round­ing colour (nor­mally the sky’s colour, the sun or the moon, along with any float­ing ob­ject). Fur­ther­more , light passes through wa­ter, so the high­lights aren’t al­ways on the sur­face.

Ap­ply all that to­gether and you will be able to paint real­is­tic oceans of any colour.

An­swer

Paco replies

The only way for the sea to not look flat is for it to fea­ture waves. And the key to paint­ing waves is to un­der­stand their shape and how the light af­fects them.

First, let’s pay some at­ten­tion to its shape. The ocean is just one big, ho­mo­ge­neous sur­face, so all the waves are con­nected. Think of your sea and its waves as a moun­tain range: there are moun­tains and there are val­leys, and all of them are con­nected to each other.

The move­ment of cor­rectly de­picted waves and re­flected light will bring to seascape to life.

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