Step-by-step: Com­pose a rainy en­vi­ron­ment

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I start by tack­ling the back­ground that, although rel­a­tively sim­ple, is cru­cial for de­ter­min­ing my character’s en­vi­ron­ment. In this case it’s a seascape, which is stormy, dark, grey and foggy. When I’m sat­is­fied with my back­ground, I se­lect the flat colours for my character that match the mood of the scene. I start with the ren­der­ing. I choose a cold and dif­fuse am­bi­ent light that’s ap­pro­pri­ate for the en­vi­ron­ment. I lay down shad­ows with a warmer colour, then se­lect a Hard brush and sim­u­late the ap­pear­ance of wet skin. With a Soft brush I paint a halo of mist on the head, arms and shoul­ders and small droplets around it. Next, I add the rain on a new layer. I choose a light colour and cre­ate a reg­u­lar dot­ted sur­face. Then I go to Fil­ter> Blur>Mo­tion Blur and, de­pend­ing on the type of rain that I want to show, I choose the pa­ram­e­ters. If the re­sult is too static then I can add some drops at dif­fer­ent an­gles, to make the im­age more re­al­is­tic.

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