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Painting the background trees

From: Digital Matte Painting: Changing a Scene From Summer to Winter

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These background trees still need some additional snow, so we'll do that next. I want to keep some of the contrast that separates these trees from the foothills, so I'm not going to cover them up entirely with snow. I just want to show that the top branches are getting as much snow as you might expect. This little tree is more in the foreground, so I'm going to give it more snow. Sorry for the long silences, but in this part of the project I am repeatedly painting the same sort of thing, and although it's important to put the time in to get this looking right, there isn't much I can say about it, or more details that I can add about my process.

Painting the background trees

These background trees still need some additional snow, so we'll do that next. I want to keep some of the contrast that separates these trees from the foothills, so I'm not going to cover them up entirely with snow. I just want to show that the top branches are getting as much snow as you might expect. This little tree is more in the foreground, so I'm going to give it more snow. Sorry for the long silences, but in this part of the project I am repeatedly painting the same sort of thing, and although it's important to put the time in to get this looking right, there isn't much I can say about it, or more details that I can add about my process.

You just need to go through and do it, wherever this landscape needs additional snow. Again, since this is in real time, there will be some sections with just extended painting. I'm going to use that Foliage brush again to break up the edges on this roof. And I'm going to add some more snow to the top of these shrubs to give them a little bit more form. I still need to add snow to these trees back here. Once again, I'm following the pattern of the branches.

I don't want to knock out all of the contrast in these trees because that's what's keeping them closer to us in the foreground. Same with these trees on the right. You can see I'm constantly sampling color off the plate and varying it a little bit. Let's zoom out and see how that's going. It looks like I've got a good coverage of snow. I still need a little bit more on these background trees. I want to raise the size of my brush. I want to get these trees more thickly covered. It seems like I've got a lot of red on the side of this building.

I think I'm just going to paint some pure white into the side. Get rid of that red cast. Now I'm using white in a big soft round brush to glaze over these foreground trees and hedges to unify the tones and take down some of the contrast. We're close to finishing the foreground plant life. Let's zoom out and really examine it. The trees and shrubbery around the chalet now look pretty good. Next up, we're going to add some finishing touches to the chalet and add snow to any uncovered horizontal surfaces.

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