Mt. Fuji

I have no idea why this even happened, but this movie is the only one among all "daily sketches" movies, which had worse quality from the very beginning. I don't like it and I wouldn't even post it but on the other hand even though you can't see details clearly, you can still see what I do and follow along. And on top of that it corresponds nicely with me flying to Japan on Monday. This is a coincidence I couldn't ignore :D So this is something like postcard from me, or maybe a goodbye - Mt. Fuji.

Of course my advice is to download the movie. It's in bigger resolution, slower (still less than hour) and in a better quality (but still not the best). Download and enjoy it

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A simple sketch at first, just to see the shape of my mountain clearly. As you can see it's nothing complicated. I sketch on the separate layer, so that I can later move in on top of everything else and lower it's opacity. Then on the next layer I start painting the sky. Radiant blue is accompanied with delicate yellow tone. Everything blends together nicely if you use big, soft brush. Making the sky a bit darker on top makes the drawing look more like a photograph ;)

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I paint shape of the mountain with a hard brush, same with the lake (but on the separate layer). After that I start filling up details and adding colors, also cloud on this empty sky. Clouds are easy to draw when you have a good texture brush. There is one I particularly like and I've been trying to "sell" it in various occasions, you can download it HERE. And what light scheme do we have here? We can see sun rising behind the mountain, a bit to the left. Knowing that, I paint edge of the cloud in a bright, almost white color and leave the center darker, in shadow. I add a bit of yellow in some parts, to make the cloud more interesting.

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Finally I start coloring the mighty mountain. I add some colors to the lake too, just to have a color reference, to know if this will all blend together nicely. Mountain starts to look like one after a moment, when I finally fight the right color. Drawing the snow cape in the right shape also helps. Notice that left side of the mountain is a bit brighter as this is where the sun is placed. Last touch is a bit of texture - some small dots and spots of snow. I use smudge tool to refine detail on the edges.

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After taking care of hard and artificial edges the mountain is done, so I move my attention towards lake and beach. Here I need to focus mostly on showing that this truly is a lake. So waves and light reflections on the water are what's most crucial. For light dodge tool is quite ok in this case, just switch it to "highlights" mode, some soft brush and you are ready to go. It saves time, you don't have to add every brighter color. After that there are just more and more lines, to avoid leaving empty ares of one color.

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I try not to get out of my color scheme too much so I use color picker a lot in the last phase of drawing. Using short key for that makes the work faster - just press Alt key. After the lake is done, it's just a bit of detail on the beach. Well, I can't say I tried hard there. Just some bushes and more snow, to make this simple landscape more interesting.

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I place my lonely tourist on the beach and it's done!