When creating the forest scene, I blocked in base colours with a painterly brush. With a leaf-shaped custom brush I painted on top and adjusted the settings for Transfer, Shape Dynamics and Scattering. I also experimented with Texture, Dual Brush and Color Dynamics. I used a painterly brush to work out shadows, highlights and details in the end. For the lakeside scene (created for the mindfulness app Sunny) I used a painterly custom brush for blocking in the base colours and to define the water by using broader strokes for waves in the foreground. Using thinner strokes, I added details such as the more distant waves, the foam at the shore, water splashes and any reflective highlights. When you’re drawing scenes like this, start by creating a rough outline in black and then add blocks of colour for where you’d like to paint. By doing this, you’re creating the basic shapes to build upon, and from here you can start adding leaves to your trees for example, or ocean waves. This is where downloading leaf brushes can be useful, as they help you add to the scene before you build more on the image. Start off with bigger brushes for blocking in colour before moving on to much smaller brushes for adding the detail in your image. Finally, adding a character into the image – such as an animal – will help to give your picture some focus.
Artist: Marie Beschorner