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Step 4: Laying in the Underpainting

Using the new Pastel variant you created previously, choose a color in the Colors panel and begin painting. I adjusted my new variant's size and opacity as I worked; for instance, switching to a 50% opacity when painting the sunrise light shining over the ridge of the hill. Figure 9 shows the first colors roughed in on the hills, bridge, and water.

Figure 9

Figure 9 Roughing in color and value on the landscape and water.

To enhance the sunrise mood, I painted heavier strokes of creamy gold and brighter oranges on the sky and on the highlights on the water, as shown in Figure 10.

Figure 10

Figure 10 Adding brighter colored strokes for a more dynamic sky.

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