I started out like usual. I sketched out my idea with a BIC mechanical pencil on plain copy paper straight out of my printer tray. I'm cheap and easy to please, lol.
With the general shape of the composition in mind, I painted some clouds and grass with black watercolor paint on some cold press watercolor paper. Since Photoshop has the wonderful function of "Color Overlay," it's only really necessary to use black.
I should mention that this is the edited version of the progression. I actually painted some trees too and tried to use the more abstract people I had in the first sketch at some point that night. However, in order to make this blog post clean, (and to deceive you all into thinking I knew what I was doing seamlessly) I'll keep this more simple. Next step was to ink and fill:
The clouds needed something, so I copied a chunk out of the right side of the sky and used it to add some shading to them. To me, it made all the difference in the world, and completed it.
here. I'd love it if these clouds joined the fog. ;)
Before I let you go, I'd like to remind you that Year of the Place Mat is available to buy at Shirt.Woot, but probably won't be after Monday night at midnight. If you'd like something perfect to wear on those guilty pleasure runs to the local Chinese buffet, let me suggest it.