March 10th, 2016
Brandon is a nut for painting mountains. Many people ask how can I paint mountains like him? We took one of Brandon's videos and cut the mountain part out and made it, its own video. So you can just focus on the mountain part. This is just a short clip so you can focus on how Brandon painted the mountain.
When painting your mountain you need grip so painting mountains go back to the prep,before you start painting your sky. You want to use Amazing White to coat your canvas. Other white base coats will not give you the grip you need. Other white base coats will not let your paint stick and this making it almost impossible to break paint across the mountain. Brandon designed his white base coat to get tacky and give grip so highlighting mountains will be a lot easier. Now on to the mountain! when mixing your mountain base color you
want to use a dark color. This way your highlights pop off the canvas. Now if you want a distance mountain use a light base for the mountain by just adding Titanium White to the mixture. Here is the Mixture
1 part Prussian Blue or Thalo Blue : 1 part Ivory Black : 1 part Alizarin Crimson:
If you want this to be a distance mountain add 1 part - 2 parts Titanium White. The more Titanium White the more your mountain will be in the distance.
Load a roll to the palette knife and with firm pressure push in your mountain. Scraping the color as you go. After you layout your mountain take a 2" or 1" Landscape brush and pull out the mountain. This will help your highlights and shadows stick better.
Highlighting: When highlighting you want to use a good size roll of Titanium White paint when starting out, this will make it a lot easier for you to get the paint to break. Now with no pressure think like your sliding on ice just let the paint touch the canvas and then give it a little pull. !!!!WARNING!!!! make sure your index finger is !!NOT!! on the back of the handle of blade this will cause your paint to not break even if you are using no pressure it will not break!! After adding your highlights add the shadow
Shadow color mixture: 1 part Titanium White: 1 part Prussian or thalo blue: If you want the shadow to be toned down add a touch of burnt umber. Then just like when highlighting the mountain do the same to the shadow side. After adding both the highlights and the shadows. Take the 2" Landscape brush and crunch the base out. this will create mist.
3/10/2016 11:13:55 am
Brandon I absolutely loved the way you explained, the making of a mountain amazing I will be make NH mountains with no stress thanks to you my friend.
3/10/2016 11:56:09 am
You are very welcome!
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