View Full Version : New WIP : Mountain Steps

Roger Evans
01-20-2008, 11:19 PM
Mountain Steps is the working title. I still have some ideas about how I want to flesh this out but here's my start:

I combined two different shots for my reference:

These are the steps that lead down to Long Horn Caverns near Austin.


I then used this shot from a friend's vacation:


I cropped the steps and combined the mountains to create this reference:


And so I start!

First I penciled in the reference lines:


Then I went over them with my trusty Sharpie Marker:


I then laid in the background mountains, taking care to make them a bit fuzzy and out of focus:


Then I laid in my base for the rocks:


And this is where I currently am at. The archway rockwork is complete and next I'll be moving onto the foreground rocks.


A larger version can be found here:


Off to bed!


01-21-2008, 12:45 AM
:clap: :thumbsup: I'm just loving this step by step you are doing. WC used to have a lot of these practical threads. That appears to have died off in the last couple of years. I don't post very often but this deserved to be recognized as Gooooooood teaching for all.:clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing and continue to post your step by step, I for one will be subscribing to this thread It has helped me to understand putting down base coats in differing values to a much greater degree. Thanks again

Peggy :wave:

01-21-2008, 08:49 AM
Personally, I think ye got TOO much blur for the background - but guess it depends on how nearsighted one is.....:rolleyes:

Roger Evans
01-21-2008, 09:11 AM
Personally, I think ye got TOO much blur for the background - but guess it depends on how nearsighted one is.....:rolleyes:

Yeah, it was a sylistic choice. I tried different comps with and without the blur and it was just more striking with the background soft. Also, it's a fairly telephoto, compressed angle, so it would not be unusual for the background to be soft but I definately pushed it a bit on purpose.


Diane Cutter
01-21-2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks for the WIP... I'll be following this keenly...


Roger Evans
01-22-2008, 12:12 AM
I reworked the black lines between the stones and added mortar and shadowing, which is more subtle and less "cartoony". I have also completed one of the stairway walls and added some weeds and the such behind the wall.


Larger version is here:




Roger Evans
01-22-2008, 11:58 PM
Okay, I wrapped this up tonight. Sorry for no in-between photos. I was kinda pressed for time and didn't stop to take any other pics along the way. :o

I've changed the name to "Long Forgotten". I was thinking about adding some people to it but decided it had a kind of solitude that I liked. So I just signed it and that's that! :)


Larger version can be seen in my gallery here:




02-05-2008, 09:46 PM
Nice work, really stimulates the imagination.

Roger Evans
02-07-2008, 07:52 AM
Nice work, really stimulates the imagination.

Thanks. These steps are at the Longhorn Caverns and the whole Longhorn Cavern story is really insteresting. It used to be on private land and, during prohibition, they used to have a nightclub in the largest room in the cavern system because it always stayed about 72 degrees. They had a dance floor, a jazz band, bootleg whiskey, etc. They even had a kitchen up above with a giant dumbwaiter to lower down food. It was amazing. Longhorn Caverns still offers the room for weddings, along with catering. These steps lead down to the cave entrance. Like you say, the place really stimulates the imagination.

Thanks for looking.


Jo Castillo
02-10-2008, 11:45 AM
Very nice. Thanks for the WIP, we all learn from watching others.

Soul Expressions
02-18-2008, 10:21 PM
That is awesome. Can't wait to see the completed painting. I sure wish I knew how to do that. I messed with photoshop for a couple of hours today trying to just that. I had two very different photos I wanted to combine and just could not figure out how to take part of one and put it on the other. Maybe someday. Maybe I need to take a class or buy a book! Lucy.

Roger Evans
02-18-2008, 10:39 PM
That is awesome. Can't wait to see the completed painting....

Um...er....this is the completed painting. It's black and white.