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Life on the streets

Part 2 How to draw and paint buildings and populated urban scenes with confidence, by Rebecca de Mendonça


How to create a threedimensional effect

Introduce figures into your scenes and landscapes

Understand simple perspective rules and eye level

In last month’s article about drawing street scenes in pastels, we looked at simple rules of perspective to sketch buildings, and how to mix media to make our lives a little easier. This month we are looking at how to put people into street scenes to bring them to life, and how to use pastels to create effects of light and atmosphere.

Use light for atmosphere

So now we can really enjoy using light to create atmosphere. The trick with this is to ensure your darks are dark enough to make the light bright and exciting. Another top tip: do not worry about the details!

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Welcome to the Summer issue of Leisure Painter, where we aim to cover all your favourite media and subjects . In this month's issue you will find all the help you'll need for drawing or painting landscapes, flowers, animals, harbour scenes, seascapes, weather effects and more in watercolour, acrylics, oils, pastels and drawing media. Learn how to find the perfect view when sketching outdoors and find confidence-boosting tips for painting in public when you venture out this year. From how to make marks in graphite and reproduce textures in nature to three important considerations when painting from photographs, enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter