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City Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Busy City Landscape

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Step 12: Painting Ideas For Building A Busy Atmosphere

How to make a city landscape look busy

For the smallest of details, use the Winsor & Newton Series 7 round brush (size 1). Add more sidewalk details with a dark blue-gray or a blue-green mix. Feel free to jump around and add any smaller details you wish to add to some of the buildings, whether it is a darker tone or glazing with an extra layer of color. Don’t let the busyness of the city landscape intimidate you! For the traffic lights, use pure Neutral Tint for the frame and post, and add Viridian to paint several slightly different-colored lampposts. Add a few more in the distance as well. While those are drying, go back to the dark blue-gray mixture and finish painting the cars at the bottom, working on the back windows, wheels, shadows under the car, and side mirrors. Dot a few cars in the far distance as well, making sure to anchor them in place by adding a cast shadow underneath each car. You can also add the Bay Bridge in the very back area above the vanishing point, and use the same color to paint some flagpoles, building antennas, and stripes on the Transamerica Pyramid.