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Classic: How To Paint A Seascape

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Step 15: Lifting Out More Surf And Adding Details

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Occasionally, you can add a little Cadmium Red Deep into the shadow, and make sure to soften the base, where the rock meets water. Use the same lifting technique mentioned before to create splashes of water crashing against the rock, and as you get to the darkest areas, add even more Permanent Violet, Burnt Umber, and Sepia, and paint in more cracks and details. To reproduce the rough texture of the rock, you can use the scumble technique, a type of dry brush technique where you wipe off most of the paint from your brush before brushing over the paper. The roughness of the paper should pick up a little paint in certain places to give a rough, craggy texture. You can test this on a scrap piece of watercolor paper before adding this effect to the rocks in the foreground.