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This time another video from my daily sketches series. Well, honestly speaking, I stopped doing those sketches some time ago (lack of time) but I still have some I wish to share with you, as they might help you improve your own skills or maybe motivate you. For me this one was particularly difficult, possibly due to lack of experience in painting landscapes. But that's okay! Practice makes perfect!

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I start with sketching whole scene. As you can see I add lots of details on the boats, since I want to grasp the three-dimensional structure of those objects. I want to be able to see them in my mind as real, not flat. I also rearrange them a bit, before I finally merge all sketch layers into one. You can use Ctrl + E for that, it merges layer with the one underneath. Pressing it few times gives me single layer with sketch. I then lower opacity of it and start adding new layers, with boats, water and mountains in the back. I'll use those layers as clipping masks in a bit. Sky comes first though and I try to make it a tad interesting, using yellows with shades of blue. Dodge tool comes in handy too, I try it out, checking if I want to have some additional lights or not.

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Then I start playing with water. Most important thing is adding proper reflections on the surface, meaning I need to paint shadows of boats and mountains and also sunlight, coming though those clouds. At first I simply add some darker tones to places in shadow, but then I paint some horizontal lines as waves on the surface and also add more contrasts. One trick I use quite often: adding lots of light dots and then applying "Motion blur" filter, making them look like little lights on the waves. Also if you need a horizontal line, pressing Shift while painting will help. After I'm pretty much done with the further part of water I paint texture on my mountains, also fixing the edge. I want it to look more like trees and less like shape cut out of paper.

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I move the smaller boat a little and fix the reflection too. I add more color and make the edge of the shadow more interesting, by drawing more horizontal lines with bright color. Same tricks apply to she shadow under the boat at the front. You can see me using those dots+filter technique on the video too. Then some more bright spots on the water surface, where sunlight is brighter on the sky and that's it, about done. Only boats are left now and I start with the smaller one, leaving main dish for later.

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Painting the boat at the front starts with adding main lines and colors. I try to keep it simple for now, thinking about the basic shapes that object is built from. After it's done I can start painting all those small details without worrying whether this will be convincing at all. Smudge tool helps a lot to speed up the work, I use it to blur out or move those less fortunate brush strokes. When details are done I check contrasts and shadows once again.

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And here some color experiment I made later on :D Maybe it's better?