Ques­tion Can you help me paint a cob­bled path?

Melisa Bengts­son, Swe­den

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An­swer Sara replies

I choose to paint a cob­bled path lead­ing through a grassy val­ley be­tween some mono­liths to give the im­age an oth­er­worldly ap­pear­ance.

Dur­ing the sketch stage I de­cide on a one-point per­spec­tive and lay down the me­an­der­ing shape of the path be­tween the other el­e­ments of the scene, such as moun­tains, sky, mead­ows and the alien col­umns. Then I start with ba­sic colours and grad­u­ally add de­tails. The cob­bled path will be the most de­tailed el­e­ment and so it’ll be the last thing I paint in my art­work, and only when I’m happy with the com­po­si­tion, colours and at­mo­spheric per­spec­tive. After cre­at­ing the shape of the lane I paint it with the dom­i­nant colour – a bluish-grey – which be­comes more sat­u­rated as the path enters the fore­ground of the scene.

I use a scat­tered brush and a darker colour to lay down some brush strokes that will sim­u­late the rough tex­ture of the soil. I also add touches of warm brown to act as con­trast, and light green to im­i­tate moss that can grow be­tween cob­ble­stones.

The path needs to be less de­fined in the cen­tral part of the im­age, where it’s hid­den by fog, so I re­duce the de­tails in this area. I put down all my colours over my sketch. This en­ables me to check that all the tones and hue in the il­lus­tra­tion are work­ing well to­gether.

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