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What is the best way to go about it? I have spent very little time learning how to do it but detailed environments aren't something you can really ignore. I've copied a few photos (see sketchbook) but it seems like I should be doing more.
And honestly, thats exactly what you need to be doing. Enviroments are everywhere, paint them all, and you should get better.
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Yeah, your photo studies are looking pretty good, but be sure to also invent your own scenes. When you do your own work without any reference you realize pretty quickly what it is you need to work on.
And painting from life is so crucial. Photos have their advantages, but the depth of color and values you'll get from life are really important. And getting outside and painting is really fun.
Oh, and I hate to be spammy, but I made a video on painting enviros you might want to check out if you're really bored.
If you're working in Photoshop, you can adjust brush sizes with the [ and ] keys. You can also hold ALT or OPTION and RIGHT CLICK to drag out your desired brush size. Or you can right click on the canvas, which quickly brings up a little menu for you to select brush type and size. It's also possible he's mapped the keys to one of the buttons on his tablet.
Yeah, I change brush sizes all the time. I hated how far the [ and ] keys were away from the left side of the keyboard, so I changed the shortcut to A and S. My hand now remains comfortably in the corner of the keyboard.
Speed of progress really varies from person to person, and also depending on how much you put into it. I put in a lot of time and energy and this is the progress I made in the course of a little over a year:
(you can check out my sketchbook for the work that happened in between these two)
The main thing is that if you really want to get better, then pour yourself into it. Do studies, do some plein aire work, read up on great landscape painters, and keep cranking out your own imagined pieces. You can do it.
Hello, could any of you suggest a few environment masters?
Thomas Cole. (I'm sorry I just drooled all over my keyboard)
This might not be what your after but I love John Virtue's city scapes.
Turner is also a badass.
Don't forget Caspar David Friedrich...
Carl Gustav Carus
Thomas Moran (actually, these are best seen live - he does all sorts of freaky things with the paint.)
William Trost Richards
John Frederick Kensett
Dwight William Tryon
Childe Hassam, though his late stuff is a bit too fluzzery in my opinion...
Alexander H. Wyant
John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer (check out their watercolor sketches too! Amazing stuff...)
Corot's plein air oil sketches are excellent. So are Leighton's. (I've never been a fan of Corot's studio paintings though...)
Actually, if you research eighteenth and nineteenth century landscape oil sketches in general (and especially in France,) there's a lot of good stuff, even by lesser-known artists. Here's a few, more or less at random:
Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny
And if you ask me, the landscapes in paintings by Brueghel and Bellini are always worth a closer look.