Street Scene – 1/8th sheet (Baohong, 300gsm Cold Press). I’ve added some instructions on how to paint light and shadows in this street scene below.
You can paint this landscape in two basic steps. For the first step, I added in all of the warm colors of the buildings (a blend of orange, yellow, red) with a mop brush and carried this wash down into the foreground. Make sure you lighten the wash in the foreground by diluting the paint mixture. While the buildings were still wet, I added in a bit of red in places to vary the hues. A smaller mop or flat brush will do the trick here. I also added the sky (a thin wash of cerulean blue) at this stage as the buildings were still damp enough to create a smooth transition between the sky and buildings, but not completely blend together. The large shadow down the front was done wet into wet with some neutral tint + blue.
Once dried, I added all the sharper shadows and darks of the buildings and ground with a darker wash of purple + blue + neutral tint. Remember to vary the darkness of your shadows too, as this makes for a more interesting scene. You can contrast your lightest lights and darkest darks next to each other for maximum contrast and to create a focal point. The car and sharp shadows in the foreground are a good example. I added dark areas to the front and left of all the cars to imply a light source from the back right. Small details of the buildings were done with a rigger and no. 4 round brush. I add some cooler hues to the figures to contrast with the warm colors. Finish off with some white gouache for highlights.