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VIDEO: How to Paint Figures in Landscapes

In this short video from Creative Catalyst Productions, Carl Dalio shares some great tips on painting realistic figures inside landscape paintings. As you’ll see, it’s not about adding lots of detail in order to create realism, but simply creating shapes that “feel” like human figures.

Carl starts with the basics (torso, head, and limbs) then moves on to adding clothes, and finally gives some excellent advice on how to show movement of the figure with just a few strokes of the brush. Take a look:

Carl also has a full-length art instructional video (on composition and perspective) which you can get right here at Creative Catalyst Productions.

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When painting from a photograph (or from life) it's not always necessary to include the exact background that appears behind your subject. In many cases a more abstract, two or three-color background can be more pleasing, and help focus the viewer's attention on your subject.

In the following video, Arleta Pech, a watercolorist, shows how she adds those kinds of dynamic, colorful backgrounds to her floral studies. Take a look:

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