Cities In The Sky Painting Clouds

You can do this simple little exercise on a sheet of paper with some colored pencils. Later people will wonder why you keep looking up at the sky and most likely assume you are either idealistic or a deep thinker (both these roles being totally foreign to most painters).

Painters Painting The Sky

Using simple perspective construct some blocks ( lighter lines than above). The light source will be front, top and left. Then we do some simple shading ...

Best Clouds And Sky Pencil Shading
And a mid-tone and a cast shadow. When painting use colors from your existing sky.
Simple Sky Background
Thus a simple background is made!
Simple Background Pictures

Other cloud shapes are just as easily done if you remember all clouds have shape, definition and perspective. Try and decide their shape first then just obey the rules of shading as if they were solid objects. You can easily make them misty or wispy later.

Note the cloud perspective in my 'Portsmouth 1792' painting below.

Byzantine Art Reverse Perspective

(A full view of this painting can be seen by pressing here. It is also available as a quality giclee print.)

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Change the seascape underneath the clouds into a landscape taking care to place the shadows. Allow 40min for all.

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