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City Painting Ideas: How To Paint A Busy City Landscape

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Step 8: Architectural Details And Adding Darker Tones

Painting city landscape architecture

Use a rag or paper towel to clean your palette of the Neutral Tint mixes, and start again with pure Neutral Tint. Add lines and details to the buildings on the left, then use some Ivory Black to paint very small touches of windows jutting out from the building to the left of the vanishing point. Use the black sparingly though, as it’s easy to go overboard and dull the colors of your painting. Keep adding architectural details, shadows, and layers using new or different mixtures of paint, making sure that you check each time you apply a different color; that this introduction enhances the overall feel rather than mess up the balance.

Moving to the Transamerica Pyramid, switch back to the no. 12 rigger brush and use Neutral Tint to glaze (i.e. paint on top) the Yellow Ochre layer, leaving some white highlights where needed. While it dries, focus on another building. Pick up some Payne’s Gray and add some windows and shadows under the roof of the leftmost building, darkening any areas if needed and making “architectural marks” like before. One tip Bill gives is to work from top to bottom to minimize the chances of accidentally smudging any wet paint, and to carefully lift out mistakes with a rag or paper towel when necessary.