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11-05-2012, 01:20 AM
When you get stuck, chances are you're just trying to paint something when you don't know what it looks like, and the solution is to get more and better reference. Of course, first you must decide what you are trying to do - where is this? Some forested lake? What season is it? What time of day? What is the mood you want?
Decide on a horizon line and at least give yourself some rough perspective guidelines.
Do some thumbnails first. The more the better, it may feel like a waste of time, but it isn't; a little more work in the beginning will make things much much easier later on.
Work up your whole image at roughly the same level. Don't start doing tiny details when the background is only ten strokes - that's wasting your time, because you may well have to change it all later because of what happens with the environment.
Get reference. Get reference. Get reference. You can't paint something when you don't know what it looks like. Here's some:
and a quick scribble of my own to hopefully point you in a good direction
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