Thursday, February 25, 2010

Top Lighting

This is a fun exercise in saving the white of your paper. With overhead lighting the tops are left white so a wonderful design appears. The buildings are done with the paper flat and wet and the colors are dropped in the wet and then mixed by tilting the paper back and forth. the same is done for the background. The paper is then tilted upright and finished. Some boats were put in the front and the reflections were drawn out with the graded wash of the water not yet dry. The entire painting is really done on a semi wet paper. It is a lot like a back lit painting when there are no details to the structures.

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