How to paint a simple landscape background in SAI (turn on captions for instructions)


We will paint everything in one layer using SAI’s brush or water brush. We’ll define the general composition of the piece first, starting with the shape & orientation of the hill and following with the mountains in the background. The further something is from the foreground, the more it blends with the colours of the sky and the less saturated it becomes so use a blueish grey for the base colour of the mountains and highlight the areas where the sun bathes them with a whiter hue The field between the mountains and the hill is very far therefore its colour will be less saturated and more blueish than that of the hill We’re going to add more detail and volume to the hill by painting those areas that receive more sunlight with a brighter green You can do this using the brush and the airbrush to create different textures. Set the “Color blending” option of your brush to 100% to blend colours easily. We’re going to add another field in the background. Since it’s closer to the hill, it will be darker and more saturated than the furthest field. We can add a saturated shade of green at the top to give it a feeling of volume and increase the depth of field Continue defining the shape of the mountains and the area between them and the field You can add a river as well if you feel fancy! We’ll start working on the sky now. Use a brighter blue with the airbrush to create a gradient in the sky. Blend using the water tool if necessary. To paint the clouds you can start by defining their shape and position. Don’t worry about the mountains now we’ll detail them later. Now that the shape is done, we’ll start giving it volume. Focus on where the light is coming from when painting the clouds, highlight those areas bathed by the sun with whiter shades of blue Those areas where the light doesn’t reach will be darker. Use a darker shade of blue in the lower parts of the cloud to give it more volume Set “Color blending” on your brush to 100% and blend the colours in the cloud to give it a fluffy appearance Continue adding darker shades where the light doesn’t reach and highlighting the areas where it does. Blend them together like you did before. Continue painting the clouds with whiter colours until you’re satisfied with the colour and overall shape of the clouds. Blend when necessary. Once you’re done with the clouds it’s time to work on the mountains Define their shape with a greish colour and proceed to detail them with the brush, following the shape of the mountain, creating a gradient from top to bottom. The top of the mountains are covered in snow so use a whiter shade to paint them! Using vertical strokes following the shape of the mountain is key! Add shadows to the sides of the mountain that aren’t facing the sunlight, as always, follow the shape of the mountain to create the perfect texture Use a white colour with the PEN (not brush) to draw the contour or the mountains and highlight the brighter parts of the snow You can add more mountains or fields behind the ones we already have using a darker colour, these are very far so don’t detail them too much Finally, enhance the depth of field of your background by detailing the hill and the fields. Add more contrast to the foreground and reduce the saturation of the background to enhance the depth of field. Remember, the closer to the camera the more defined and saturated; The further from the camera, the less defined and saturated it becomes. Thanks for watching! Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

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