OCAD Studio: Low Key Landscape Sketch – Part 2

  • Start by adding detail to the edge of the darkest form using the small pointed brush.
  • Look for where the forms are softer or harsher, and where you can find small elements like branches and twigs sticking out.
  • Then start to look for more detail at the edges of lighter masses of tone.
  • This could be more trees or reflections etc.
  • Finally, heighten the lightest tones, to create a subtle sense of glow.
  • Don’t use pure white paint though as we need to keep the general painting a bit darker to ensure that the lights on the opposite shore stand out and glow against the parvading gloom.
  • Small oil painting surface (primed canvas, panel or oil paper)
  • Ivory black, Titanium White and Ultramarine Blue oil paint
  • One medium bristle brush
  • Small pointed brush
  • Mineral spirits
  • Easel
  • Palette
  • Palette cups

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