In part 1 I talked about the challenge of painting landscapes in Photoshop and creating the brushes. In this part, I’ll show you a few more brushes I created and how I used them in this painting.
Part 2 – Brushes and Painting
“Riverbank 1” is my second landscape painting. I wanted to see if I could paint the entire landscape with just one or two brushes that I created.
This is a closeup of some of the trees on the left.
This brush needed to be simple and give me the ability to paint just one leaf if I needed to. The single brush is on the left. On the right are several layers of the same brush using different colors and sizes. The same way I did the demo in part 1
I created this brush for the clouds. By changing the size and color, I layered each step same as in traditional painting. I used the smudge tool occasionally to achieve the soft effect
I’ll use the brush above for this demo. I first create the general shape of the tree or bush using a dark green then black for the darkest shadows. This brush has both dual brushes and dual colors applied.
I change the size of the brush and also changed the colors to two-mid tone greens. I’m just scribbling the colors on at this stage
Change the two colors to brighter highlight colors and reduce the size of the brush a bit more. This time I just tap the brush here and there keeping in mind the direction of the light.
For the final details I turned off the dual colors and dual brush reduced the brush size and changed the color to a bright yellow for the tiny bits of sparkles on the leaves. I erased spots here and there to open it up and added a few branches using a very small round brush and a light cream color. I also added a few details on the branches.
When using any brush, I don’t use it just the way I create it. Just like painting on canvas, you have to create different colors, thin it down, or leave it thick (opacity). You have to paint layers from dark to light. So I change the color and opacity. This gives a completely different look and feel to the various areas. The clouds needed to be more opaque and the trees on the right are closer and need to be stronger in color. This painting was my second attempt at landscape painting. Although it’s not quite the look I was going for. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.
In part 3, I’ll show you how to paint rocks and a few more brushes I used.