Step by Step: "ProcesiÃ³n" by Jcbarquet
1. I had an idea that I tried to depict in a few brushstrokes: a group of pilgrims walking towards a huge angel statue. At this point the most important thing, even more than having a concept, was to define where the light was coming from and to establish the general composition.
2. I started playing with the palette. Since it was still an early stage, I changed the composition and decided that the angel needed to be smaller in order to make place for a construction. I also started thinking about perspective.
3. The angel was eliminated, and I added a gate instead. I started adding detail, and at this point it was very important to use a perspective grid and to look for references in order to make the image believable.
4. More detail. At some point I considered making the cupolas reflective to make the focal point stand out, but that idea was soon discarded.
5. I kept adding detail to the construction, always looking at references of baroque architecture, and I made the pilgrims in the foreground considerably bigger; that way, the composition made a diagonal between two points of thirds. I also thought that the perspective should affect the rocky pillars.
6. In the final stages of the painting the only thing left is to add detail for as long as it's necessary -in this case it was many hours-. To make the characters more interesting, I gave them incense burners, and I also added colossal statues near the blue gate.
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