Step-by-step: Use bounce light and reflected colours to enhance your artwork
1 I block the big shapes and the composition of my image at this early stage. I give myself the artistic freedom to alter the composition from the Google Street View if the original photo doesn’t respect the composition rules, or if the composition doesn’t lead the eyes into the canvas. Then I start to take care of the areas that are lit 2 directly by the sun. It instantly gives a sense of lighting in the scene and it accentuates the volumes of the hills and the rocks. I also use a smaller brush to introduce structural details, such as differentsized cave entrances. 3 I take a saturated orange and start to drop it carefully within a few selected mid-tone areas. It gives a stylised bounce light from the ground to the rocks and accentuates the green/blue shaded areas. This colour stylisation gives a bold interpretation on the interplay of light and shadow.