Watch digital painter Bert Monroy paint the natural elements—the trees, water, and fog—in his painting Amsterdam Mist, using the tools in Photoshop CC.
- Hi, my name is Bert Monroy and welcome to The Making of Amsterdam Mist. Amsterdam Mist is a painting that took me 22 months to create and for me the main challenge was to create that mood of the atmosphere, a foggy day in Fall, in Amsterdam, to give you the feeling that it's moist and that it's gloomy and kind of overcast and that's what was important to me. And there were many techniques that went into it, the creation of the environment itself and the atmosphere, the trees, and all these different elements that make up the scene. In this, the second volume of The Making of Amsterdam mist, I'm gonna talk about the natural elements.
What we're gonna discuss is, first of all, the trees. Now, there are many trees that line up the streets. Each one took about 10 days to create. Now, they're massive trees and thing is, that it is Fall, so none of the leaves are there, so all of those little branches had to be created. How were they created? How was the bark created? How were the leaves themselves created? Especially the ones that are all over the ground, all twisted and turned, and eaten up by insects. The water, the water's the main focus of that canal, and how were those ripples created, and the reflections of the boats in the water, and the reflections of the walls? That's all gonna be covered.
And then, of course, the fog itself. How was the fog created and how were the multiple layers assembled to give you that sense of depth, and make it feel like it is, in fact, a foggy day? For the natural elements is a whole subject of this second volume. Let's see how they were created.