You make it look easy Terry! I love your landscapes!What is your technique to making these beautiful dark foliage backgrounds?I can't seem to do dark enough and when I do, the dark areas seem flat. Your dark sections have so much depth to them.Any pointers would be appreciated!Diane
Hey Diane, Funny you should ask! As I was working yesterday afternoon, I was thinking to myself that it might be an interesting thing to show a progression of how I work in dark areas and give them depth, as I have been asked this very question numberous times before. Since I have sort of finished the areas of dark on this particular piece, I am not sure I can explain the process, but think I will make an effort sometime soon, to show a progression of images of just how I work an area like this, giving depth and movement and such. So, stay tuned and I promise to try and give you a reasonable explanation. In the meantime, I will say that just as I have talked about in the past, I work in layers, overdrawing espeically in dark areas like this one, slowly building up the darks and with final touches of very soft, either B or 2B highlights if you will, that emphasize the separations between lighter leafy areas from darker shadowy depths. I will try and illustrate this with images on a sample work once this piece is done.
Thanks Terry! I will definitely stay tuned for your illustration and explanation!In the meantime...I will sit back and enjoy your progression on this piece.Diane
*Grabs a cup of coffee to watch this one, and catch the lesson on darks.*
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