Drawing a seascape – Part 1

In this lesson you will learn:
1) Create a landscape.
2) Draw fish
3) Create additional touches to achieve greater realism.

Here’s what we get on the basis of 2 lessons:

P.s: In this lesson, the author creates lines using a tablet. In this case, the line width may depend on pressure.
If you work with a mouse, creating lines of any width, set the brush size to about 1/3 of the size that I will use.

Part 1: Draw the Seabed

Step 1. Create a new document with parameters:
Width – 16 inches
Height – 10 inches
Resolution (Resolution) – 300 pixels / inch

Step 2. Use color # 0095A2 and tool Paint bucket (Fill) (G) to fill the entire background in blue.

Step 3. Above the background, create a new layer called “ocean floor”.

Step 4. Use the tool Brush (Brush) (B) with parameters:
Color classification: # A87300
Size (Size): 261 px (remember, if you do not use the tablet, divide the size by 3)
Hardness: 100%
Opacity: 100%

Step 5. Use the same brush to draw the main shadows:
Color classification: # 926400

Step 6. Add light areas with the same brush with color # AF7800.

Step 7. Create a new layer above all others. The name of the layer is “coral”

Step 8. Create corals. Change brush settings:
Color classification: # C80059
Size: 165 px
Hardness: 100%
Opacity: 100%

Step 9. Now add some shadows to the corals. Change brush settings:
Color classification: # AA004C
Size: 90 px
Hardness: 100%
Opacity: 100%

Step 10. Use the same brush with color # E50066 to highlight the coral center.

Step 11. Duplicate the “coral” layer by pressing Ctrl + J.

Step 12. Select the area around the coral tool Magic wand tool(Magic wand) (W). Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl + Shift + I.
Use blur filter Filter -> blur -> Gaussianblur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with Radius = 9 px

Step 13. Merge both layers into one by pressing Ctrl + E.

Step 14. Create a new “blue coral” layer. Take the Brush tool (B) (B) with parameters:
Color classification: # 1956B1
Size: 87 px
Hardness: 100%
Opacity: 100%

Step 15. Add shadows to corals. Change brush settings:
Color classification: # 12499B
Size: 30 px
Hardness: 100%
Opacity: 100%

Step 16. Center coral highlight the same brush with color # 3570C7

Step 17. Now using the same technique, starting from step 11, duplicate the Ctrl + J layer. Select the area around the coral tool Magic wand Tool (Magic Wand) (W). Invert the selection by clicking Ctrl + Shift + I.
Use blur filter Filter -> blur -> Gaussianblur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with Radius = 3.6 px

Step 18. Press Ctrl + E 2 times to merge the 2 upper layers with the “coral” layer.

Step 19. Create a new layer “coral 2”.

Step 20. Use the brush with color # 9000D8 and create 2 coral shapes like an example.

Step 21 Repeat the same process with color # 90009D

Step 22 Make small holes at the top of the algae using the tool. Burn tool (Blackout):
Exposure (Press) = 100%
Range (Range) = Midtones (Mid Tones)
Size = 65 px
Hardness: 100%

Step 23 Now use Dodge tool (Lightening):
Exposure (Press) = 30%
Range (Range) = Highlights (Light Tones)
Size = 400 px
Hardness: 0%

Step 24 Return to the tool again. Burn tool (Blackout) and add shadows:
Exposure (Press) = 80%
Range = Shadow
Hardness: 0%

Step 25. Above the “coral 2” layer, create a new layer called “coral 3”. Tool Brush (Brush) (B) Draw a few algae.
Color # 335400.

Step 26. Above the “ocean floor” layer, create a new layer called “coral 4”.

Step 27. Now use a brush with the same color to add more green algae.

Step 28. On the layers “coral 3” and “coral 4” add shadows with # 223700 brush.

Step 29. The center of the grass is highlighted with color # 457200.

Step 30. Go back to the “ocean floor” layer, and Burn tool (Blackout) add coral and algae shadows:
Exposure (Press) = 49%
Range (Range) = Midtones (Mid Tones)
Hardness: 0%

Step 31 Take the tool Dodge tool (Lightening):
Exposure (Press) = 30%
Range (Range) = Highlights (Light Tones)
Size (Size) = 600 px

Step 32 Create a new layer above the background (the name is not important).

Step 33 Now using the tool Brush (Brush) (B) to create a vanishing bottom in the distance. Brush options:
Color classification: BE7709
Hardness: 0%
Opacity: 23%
Brush a few times.

Step 34 Now use the tool Dodge tool (Lightening) to make the rays passing through the water.
Exposure (Press) = 30%

Step 35 Use the same tool to add bright highlights on coral layers.

Step 36 Finally, add a bright beam to all layers, use the tool. Dodge tool (Lightening), as shown in the example arrow.

Author: Joelle Vaughan.
Translator: Grandma Oksana.
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