Step-by-step: Setting the scene for a sunset
1 I start painting the scene with a large Smooth brush and apply dark brownish hues to the canvas. The most important aspect here is the shape language and how these shapes relate to each other. I envisage the scene as being lit by an overcast sky. 2 I create a new layer in Color Dodge mode and with a large Soft brush on a low Opacity I paint in the sunset colours using a 80 per cent saturated dark orange. It’s important to slowly build up this effect by starting with dark colours and gradually picking lighter ones. 3 Although the painting has progressed here in terms of detail, the hues and softness of the sunset remain unchanged. The most important aspect to point out here are the building structures, which I paint as two- dimensional shapes that take on the colours of the sky.