1 Draw the subject on 30" × 40" illustration board with an HB pencil (an HB makes a dark line that does not smear). Lightly indicate the background trees and work out the details of the young girl. With an airbrush, spray a mixture of cerulean blue, Naples yellow, and zinc white (all gouache) in the sky to achieve an atmospheric effect. Airbrush the reflection of the sky in the water with cerulean blue, zinc white, and cobalt blue.


2 Paint the elements from back to front—that is, paint the objects farthest away first. ...

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