This tutorial will take you through the steps of drawing and painting a street in Venice. Part I is the drawing, Part II the blocking in, and Part III the final painting and detail.
Preview of Final Results
Painting a Venetian Street: Part I
Open a new project 2400 x 2800 pixels at 300 pixels/inch.
I will be using a reference photograph from Dreamstime for this digital painting.
Fill the background with color #7BB0E9.
Set the front swatch to color #93C0EA. Use the gradient tool to set a soft blue grading background, the light on bottom and dark blue at the very top of the picture.
Make a new layer, “outline”.
Drag two slices onto the picture at 4” and 4.75”. Where the two meet will be the vanishing point.
We are going to build a very basic protractor. This will help you duplicate the lines I am drawing and will help you get the correct proportions.
Draw a long horizontal line.
Shift + Click using the ellipse tool to draw a circle. It should automatically be on a different layer. Right clock on the layer box and rasterize the layer.
Copy the circle and paste it onto a new, temporary layer. Fill the circle with white (#FFFFFF paint bucket tool) and resize it so that it is slightly smaller than the first circle. Lay it over the first circle so that there appears to be an outline of a circle. Merge the layer down so that the two are on one layer.
Erase the bottom half of the circle.
Transform the circle (Ctrl + T) so that the two ends touch the horizontal line and make a half-circle.
Copy and paste the half circle. Re size it so that it is a smaller half-circle inside the larger one.
Sharpen the edges of the circle. Make a dot at the midpoint of the horizontal line. Draw a line straight up from there to the top of the circle.
Mark this 90 degrees. Mark the left side of the horizontal line 180 degrees and the right side 0 degrees.
Draw two more lines halfway between the 90 degrees and the 0 degrees and the 180 degrees. Mark them 45 degrees and 135 degrees.
Mark off eight lines on each side of the 90 degree lines at even intervals.
Mark each as its degree mark (starting from the right, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, (90 degrees), 100, 110. 120, 130,140, 150, 160, 170).
Merge all the layers onto one layer, erase the long 45 degree and 135 degree lines, and your protractor is done!
Copy and past the protractor onto your project and set the layer opacity to 60%. Re size it so that you can easily read all the numbers. For now, turn it upside down and line the midpoint up with the vanishing point.
Using the line tool with a weight of 5 pixels (color #000000), draw a diagonal line from the vanishing point to a point slightly to the right of the left outer corner. The angle of the line should be approximately 48 degrees.
Draw a second line at an angle of 122 degrees.
Draw two more lines, one at a 122 degree angle from the vanishing point. Start the other halfway between the right side of the vantage point and draw it to slightly above the right side of the image. Draw both with the 5 pixel line tool.
Draw two horizontal lines at approximately 2.5” and 3”. Erase right portion of the top line.
Draw another line from the vanishing point at 120 degrees. Draw a straight line down from that to the line below.
Erase the extra length of that line and then draw a vertical line from the end of the second line we originally drew. Add a horizontal line connecting that line with the one to its right.
Draw a line at an 89 degree angle connecting the bottom right line to the top of the picture.
Erase the lines this building overlaps.
Draw a vertical line connecting to the right row of buildings at approximately 5.66”.
Erase the end of the right line that connects the building strand. In its place draw another line at 130 degrees.
Erase the end of the left main line. Draw a rectangle with its longer side at 3.75”, and the top and bottom sides at 2.33” and 5”.
Draw a short horizontal line at 4.5” and a connecting Vertical line down to 5”.
Draw a horizontal line at 5” that give the rectangle a base. Erase the lines inside this base. Extend the top line by approximately 1/8 of an inch bout to the right and then a second 1/8 of an inch line vertically. Connect the shape to the building to its left with a slight angle. This will give the impression of a slanting roof.
At 5.5” draw a 3.5” vertical line and connect it to the right buildings with a line at a 45 degree angle.
Draw two horizontal lines connecting the two rows of buildings at 1.75” and 4.33”. Erase the extra length of the bottom right line we drew in step 28.
Draw another horizontal line 1/16 of an inch above the top line we just drew. Draw another line at a 45 degree angle right above the first.
Connect the two lines at 45 degree angles with the line tool. Draw a horizontal line connecting the intersection to the other set of buildings to the left.
At approximately 3.75” draw a little “roofed rectangle”. Connect the building to the left to the rooftop. While they do not actually connect, they do appear to touch in the photograph.
Draw a little window in the section and erase the to roof line that goes through it. Make the little roof 3D by adding a second line above it and connecting the two parts.
Draw a larger roof above the last roof we drew as well as a small, rectangular chimney to the left of it.
Make a new layer, “Outline Top”.
Draw two line radiating from the vanishing point to the left side of the picture and cut it off with a vertical line at 1.75”.
Make a “shelf” on top of this section.
Use a 9 pixel hard-edged brush to draw three columns under the “shelf.” It is okay if the edges start getting a little rough, they will be covered up in the next part.
Ctrl + T to extend the “shelf” a little.
Draw two lines (5 pixel line tool) very close to each other from the vanishing point to right below the top of the “shelf”.
Erase the end of the two lines and draw a third line to turn it into a small ledge.
Draw four slim arches beneath the outcropping.
Draw three more arches, two in the middle section, and one in the last building. They should grow progressively thinner.
Draw two lines on the right building for the bottom of the two sets of windows.
Draw a second line below the top line and connect the two with a shorter vertical line. Erase the part of the outline that passes through the section.