How do I understand/simplify high levels of detail in studies?
Hey all. I'm currently doing some photo studies of landscapes, and while I am doing ok getting some basic colours down, high levels of random detail - like rocks, snow specks, crags - send me for a loop.
Example image I am currently doing the study from:
I don't have a clue how to handle all the rock and snow detail there. I don't want to just use a custom brush to whack out a bunch of random detail. The reason for that is that I feel like I am missing a link - some vital piece of understanding that I will need to know if I ever want to do an environment from imagination. I'd be perfectly happy to use a custom brush if I -did- understand how to do it, though.
I know here was a CA.org stream about this subject, but unfortunately it's not available any more.
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I've painted Mount Whitney and the Eastern Sierras many times from life and my own photos You want to capture the big shapes and design the details not just copy them. It doesn't matter if you use traditional materials or digital the approach is always the same- design complex elements into a pleasing arrangements.
Awesome advice, Dpaint! Man, I did not expect someone to reply who actually painted the same scene from live. CA.org for you. I suppose I'll step back a bit from the digital and try to do some shape design for that photo in my sketchbook, and then try to emulate it digitally. I'm still having a hard time though - typical case of not being able to see the trees for the forest.
This is definitely not going to be a quick study. Not necessarily a bad thing.
I've got some water colours laying about at home. Do you reckon I should give it a shot with those? Seems like shape design is extremely important in water colours, thus teach me more if I am considerate of that?