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How Tall Guy Paints
Gargax monster
With an urban scene like this one, I generally start by scribbling over the canvas with a pencil. I'll know roughly what I want to do, but the scribbles help by making random shapes which I can focus on. Squares and oblongs will look like buildings, and this will help me pull the picture into focus out of the mass of fuzzy lines. With this painting, I used a red pencil crayon after the HB pencil in order to make the lines I wanted stand out further. After this I painted the lines in a dark purple, and greyed out the road sections.

Painting One

Then, very broadly I'll start painting the colours in, working from top to bottom of the canvas. Originally I had the idea of having a pond in the middle of the painting, but the oval shape I'd created looked more like a bridge to me, so I took it in that direction instead. The dark purple was gradually replaced with softer greys.

Painting Two

In this way the pic becomes more defined. I'll do the entire background before adding the final element, which is people.

Painting Three

The final image (bar some slight adjustments).

Painting Four

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It's amazing watching that come to life. Ta.

I suppose the scribbling helps the picture come from inside of you rather than being a conscious decision?

I like the finished product, but I like the first one even more!

I do know what you mean. Alas, it's not what I wanted to do with this pic, but I've filed it away for future reference that rough purple and grey pics work quite well. And, of course, I've also got a photo of it.

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