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Sunday, September 22, 2013


The backdrop painting is a long process that should take into account what will be placed in front of it so that the scene continues into the background. So I like to paint as work on the layout progresses. The backdrop was first painted light blue, thanks Tom. Clouds above any land forms can be added at any time but if they are low and touch any land forms they must be added first. Then a darker blue than the background is used to define distant hills or mountains. Light green is then shaded in to indicate rolling hills in the distance. These are blended up into the blue of the distant hills. A darker green is used to define edges of hills and far off trees.

clouds and the horizon are added first

foothills of green are added next

darker green mid-forground trees are added

more detail added behind one of Hank's bridges

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