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    WIP Help with lighting and texture for snow?

    Hey guys, so I've been doing a lot of speed paintings and everything, but finally decided to sit down and detail one out. The problem is I'm not quite sure how to detail snow. When I look at this piece as a thumbnail it becomes very bland because of the large amounts of white. I don't know if it's just improper colors/lighting?

    anyways, ANY help is appreciated at all. I'm really trying to learn here so I will take criticism very seriously. Thanks!


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    The snow will not fall on vertical surfaces.
    It is therefore necessary to know the underlying form of the mountain.
    I also find it helpful to soften the edges where the snow tapers off from a horizontal to a vertical surface.
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    The color and value of snow

    ZG has good advice. I would add snow is almost never pure white in a scene, only its highlights are. therefore you have to design how the snow will look. Design its patterns with the ground material and its color shifts depending on time of day. The color and value of snow shifts slightly as it follows the underlying contours. Also, if your rocks are black in the shadows they have to be lighter in the sunlight. They have to shift value as much as the snow does between shadow and sunlight. See examples

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    I could add that shadows on the snow are very seldom neutral - snow tends to be blue in the shadows and reflect the color of the sky.

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    I just went back to recolor the snow, and tried adding warmer yellows to the sun area and cooler blues to the shadow. I definitely see much more of a difference. I'll update in a bit, as this is my main piece im working on currently.

    Thank you guys.

    Also, for the snow, would you guys recommend leaving it smooth as it is, or should i go with a slight speckle brush and add some dots here and there? I'm just split on if leaving it so smooth would be correct. My logical instinct tells me it would simply be a white plane, but looking at it just doesnt seem right..

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    Tried to give the light more warm tones and put more blues into the shadows

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