Step-by-step: Use bounce light and re­flected colours to en­hance your art­work

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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.

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