Taking Artistic License You have the freedom to change elements of your photo references. Here I changed the direction of the boat, which I thought would improve the composition.


Step 1 I like to think of a scene as a sort of jigsaw puzzle of light and dark shapes. I look for the major organic shapes and leave the smaller ones for a later stage. I draw in just a few major shapes, such as the trunks and branches of trees, to help me with this process. I do not include any details, and I indicate just a few lines for the water so I know ...

Get Realistic Textures now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.