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nolan

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on: October 12, 2010, 12:54:58 PM
When painting we often take a lot of time to ensure the objects in our scene recede, become lighter, etc in the scene, so much so that we forget about half of the painting : the sky. All too often I see paintings that have the sky simply painted in a single colour.

Remember that all the rules of perspective apply equally to the sky, so by apply them to the sky and the clouds / objects in it, we can effectively double the illusion of distance in our paintings. We call it the "canopy effect"

Here is an illustration showing the concept.


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Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 11:56:08 PM
Great illustration...I still have a tendency to want to add more colour to the sky. Have only done one where the colours seem to have worked properly..my first one. Have never been able to duplicate it :banghead:
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Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 02:12:44 AM
lessons 9 and 10 of the Perfect Painting course are your secret weapons to perfect sky mixes O0


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Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 02:06:01 PM
Can't wait to get there. I feel like one of the kids in the back seat....'are we there yet?'  :nana:
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