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Oblivion. Part 3
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By Amidel
Published on 02/14/2008
 
The last part of the lesson includes picturing the starry night sky. A fragment of the sky. I try to choose a neutral background for it, placing the characters on the first plan. Use also soft colors and uncomplicated ornaments for the clouds.

The last part of the lesson includes picturing the starry night sky.

1) A fragment of the sky. I try to choose a neutral background for it, placing the characters on the first plan. Use also soft colors and uncomplicated ornaments for the clouds.

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2) Start representing the clouds themselves. I use as a basic color the dark – blue one, working with the standard brush, changing periodically its transparency and the softness.

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3) The light blue color may make the clouds' nuances livelier when coloring the elements in an irregular way.

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4) The clouds can look more voluminous if introducing an even lighter color than the previous ones. Try not to cover definitely the previous nuances.

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5) It's time for the clouds' "back plan" which must be colored with dark nuances. I have chosen two blue - dark nuances, one of it being almost black. We have to color out the elements also in an irregular way, leaving some disorderliness on the picture.

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6) Select now the Burn Tool to insert the shadows and process the back plan with it. I like dark sky too.

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7) Using three other colors is possible to make the picture giving the impression of more confusion. I always have thought that seedy clouds look more real and natural than the even ones.

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8) Select a middle nuance to smooth out the picture, introducing thin stratums of colors on several zones with a transparent brush.

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9) Let's work with the stars now. Choose out of the standard brushes the same one indicated on the screen.

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10) Set on the next three screens a kind of disorderliness among the stars, choosing for them also the necessary placement. You may see below the necessary options that are underlined.

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14) Place appropriately the stars on our picture, applying the brush. You may see the options indicated on the screen.

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15) We’ve got the shining stars and now we have to work with their brightness and placement.

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16) Let's evaluate the composition we have on this stage. It's obvious that we have to select the Eraser Tool to minimize the level of brightness of those stars getting out of the general picture.

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17) My modest Moon is drawn in two stages. Its basic layer is composed of a rounded element of white color.

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18) Insert some darker nuances, choosing them depending on the colors of the rest of the elements surrounding that zone we want to introduce the color on. I have blue clouds and that is why the rest of the colors are also connected with the main blue color. Leave on the Moon several small patches and spots. Next we have to insert several highlights on the nearest elements and on the veil. The Moon is finished!

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My lesson came to end. Have fun when painting! Don't forget to make different experiments and introduce your own details and elements. Remember, you don't have to be afraid of the possible mistakes!