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Perspective Painting For A Vibrant Watercolor Cityscape Of Chinatown

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Step 16: Giving Life To A Bustling Street


Go back to the no. 10 rigger brush and dark color tones, and add some silhouettes of people on the left side of your perspective painting. Try to get the impression of a busy sidewalk, and add some life to the pedestrian area. With Ivory Black and Cobalt Violet Light, do the same on the right side, but narrower and with less detail due to the tunneling effect.

Next, touch up some cars with the no. 8 round brush, and add a Cobalt Green car in the far background. Add a Mineral Violet one in front, and lift out any excess paint with a small round brush if necessary.

With the Permanent White paint again, paint the bulbs of the streetlights. Then, mix French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue Hue, and Mineral Violet, and darken with a touch of Neutral Tint and Yellow Ochre. Use this dark color and the no. 6 rigger brush to add grating over the windows on the rightmost building. You can use the same color for painting the shadow under the overhang of this building as well, and soften it with clean water. These are all small details, but they help add another layer of interest to your perspective painting.