Countryside house

This time something a bit different. I rarely paint landscapes, even less often architecture and that should surely change. That's why this silly house, just to practice a little. Originally I had different plans for this picture but plans have changed, drawing stayed, I figured I could use it somehow. So there's tutorial, a little something about painting trees and roofs.

If something is unclear or you have questions, please go ahead and write to me, I don't bite ;)

First - the vision. As you can see mine is... well... quick and messy. But that's enough, it least I know how I want to place my house on the image. Single thing that has anything to do with the word "perspective" is the terrace, rest is placed in a way that I just can't do it wrong. A bit boring, I know, but at least simple. I repair my sketch to make it look decent. While drawing the house I use straight lines (just hold shift while painting) to see how horizontal and vertical lines should go. We don't want waving walls here, right? And so when the sketch is done I add first colors. Massive part of the picture is in shadow. I wanted this setting sun to give an interesting light. Small bonus to the boring perspective.

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I start with sky. When it comes to landscapes, you usually start with the furthest plane and move towards the closest one. I do it this way because I feel most comfortable this way. I paint sky with a soft brush, softly sculpting the clouds. If you change opacity to absurdly low value (like 5%) you can paint clouds just fine with a standard, soft and round brush.

Second plane is a forest. I don't want it to be all that far away so I leave it a bit dark for now. Closer I paint some roofs, which are here to represent some kind of village. For now I do not try to add much detail, I just want to see how the whole picture will look like without zooming in so I try to put everything in place fast. I add wooden fence and as you can see I use mostly hard brush for all this, only using smudge tool to blend colors together.

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Now the times comes for bushes and trees. I have no special experience with painting leaves so after some failures I decided al last to use a brush. I don't really know if this is an original Photoshop brush or I downloaded it from somewhere, I'm pretty sure that I did not make it myself but still, you can download it here: BRUSH. First I draw a dark base (sun is behind the trees), then I added some lighter spots and finally very bright, orange, highlighted leaves. after smudging it here and there, to red rid of part of the texture (it looks very artificial otherwise) I decided to leave those trees for now. They weren't that bad.

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I am starting to add some more detail to the grass in front of the house and to the bushes. As you can see this is nothing spectacular - just some lines for the grass and yellow spots for flower-like-things. Then I finally paint the house, adding roof and tilling. Those small dots I've put there are just trying to give some texture, I didn't want my roof to be so sterile, I wanted it old, a tiny bit ruined but warm. Then with a hard brush I paint terrace. I also add some foliage there, to make the whole construction fit into everything else (there's a lot of trees, huh). Next I give color and some lazy texture to the wall and paint ladder and other stuff which is there just to make things a bit more interesting. When everything is finally in place on the separate layer I add some shine from the sun. Warm glow fits in perfectly.

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Last thing is adding some more detail. I refine those flowers at the front, slowly adding more dots and lines, giving them more shadows and lights too, since they looked pretty flat. When you paint stuff like this it's best to just take a photograph, search for the most important features and try to copy them. Trick here is to copy only the most important things, otherwise pasting a photo would much quicker... I also added some blades of grass and refined my meadow a little. Everywhere you can see small, bright dots flying around. Those are supposed to be small flies and such, shining in sunlight.

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I fix details on the further plane and add some light to the forest on the back. Fence is straightened too (best to do that with smudge tool) and bushes refined a little bit. On some of them you can no longer see any texture from the brush. It was a fine base but I certainly don't want this artificial texture show too much. Then I paint terrace in more decent way, paying attention to straight lines and so on. Some edges are very bright since on the evening light can be hard. Roof is also fixed (tilling was a bit messy) and some texture removed as there was too much of it.

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Last thing is detailing those items near the house like ladder and bucket. I refine the edges and add some more elements. They are not exactly pretty but it's not really important, I decided I won't spend too much time on them. Last thing is foliage on the terrace. My foliage brush helped me yet again and I managed to create a quite nice wall of greenery.

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After enhancing some colors my drawing is ready! Nothing special but it was a nice change :) Maybe it will motivate you to draw something a bit different from what you originally do?