How to paint night scene landscape

How to paint night scene landscape. Learn to paint night scene environmental concept art step by step. In this tutorial, you will learn to quick color concept digital painting with a knight on a horseback. As I mention there will be more environmental concept scribble and here is another one of landscape or sort of seascape with some waves and rocky coast.
I was going to play more with perspective and do more building scenes, but I will save it for next time. This one surprisingly didn’t take me as long as I think it would. Similar many of the concept I did, I start out monochromatic then finding the color scheme on step 3-4. I want it to be a cool color scheme to give it some sort of solitude in the setting at night. First I add the blue and work around with it until I get the variation of blue along with the correct values around the canvas, then I begin to add a little bit of the complimentary warm color, orange, onto the image. Once you have more than one colors you should try to get them to balance by arrange one as dominant or primary, then secondary, then so on. As you do that, you will slowly seeing the color harmonize themselves. It can be difficult as it often did to me, but as you practice more and more, you will start to understand visually how you could get them to balance. But once in a while to get them off balance on purpose can get interesting result.

Here is a final night scene landscape painting.

night landscape painting

night landscape painting

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Below are step by step how to paint night scene for landscape.  Step one, I paint in some blobs of different value for rocky coast line and water, leave the sky in light gray for now.  Everything in this stage is still in monochromatic.  Step two, I introduce deep blue color as base, and paint some cloud above and some fade away mountain range for back drop.  Step three, then I add to moon and use soft edge brush to create more cloud and sense of depth.  Step four, now I paint more darker value on the rocky coast in the foreground, and add some lighter value on the water to create some wave movement.  Step five, I painted in a figure of a knight on a horse back.  Step six, I paint in some more wave on the water closer to the foreground and clean up the value.

how to paint night scene landscape

how to paint night scene landscape

On this final image, I add color red for the flag and put slightly more highlight on the knight figure.

night landscape painting

night landscape painting

More landscape painting tutorials, some with video tutorials.
-How to paint landscape mountain river
-Environmental design magma river concept
-How to paint rock cliff and sky

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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5 Responses to How to paint night scene landscape

  1. Xia Taptara says:

    There is no easy way to explain it short. Please download the free e-book and/or look for more similar video tutorial under the category “landscape” on the top bar.
    Good luck

  2. Newguy says:

    What opacity setting did you use to paint the sky?

  3. Xia Taptara says:

    Correct. Now go paint.

  4. artistpolly says:

    The complimentary color to blue is not yellow, but ORANGE. The complimentary color to yellow is purple.

  5. Bratvarr says:

    Very cool tutorial! Ihope see more tutorials about landscape panting.

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