hey bud, great stuff you got going on here. I have a question for you, and I hope you can answer this. I notice in your enviros, especially the cityscapes, you have several small blots that represent lights and such. Here is a perfect example: http://www.jamespaick.com/images/ent..._port_full.jpg
Do you paint every single one of those small lights by hand? or do you use a different technique. Reason I'm asking, is because I think im taking the hard way out when I paint my enviros. Adding little details like that will take me hours upon endless hours I cannot afford to waste. Anyway, really i'd love to hear back from you James.
to answer your question, many times I do 1 of 2 things. Either I make quick suggestive lines and erase out in it to suggest lights, or I use a photograph of a city at night to help establish the look of tiny lights in a distance. You can paint every single light, but I would use the tools readily available for time sake. Also, be aware that these lights are compositional tools as well so placement and grouping is super important.