Illustration Friday: “glow” for Christmas Day

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“Slumbering Moonlit Cedars” – prints available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/118834116/slumbering-moonlit-cedars-original

I decided this time to try my hand at simulating elements of a classic woodcut print for this week’s “glow” theme “.  I looked to M.C. Escher’s “Dragon” as inspiration and a guide to the look of shading that I was striving for. I’ll always be in awe of this man’s work. Truly ahead of his time.

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“Dragon” by M.C. Escher

This is really difficult to master digitally. Custom blends, clipping paths and incremental positioning of shading elements made it one of the most tedious projects I’ve done in a long time. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. Here are a few variations of blends I used for each area. Most were customized for each area of snow.

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Some detail closeups and a couple tricks I used:

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