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Backdrop tree painting
Posted by hon30critter on Friday, November 19, 2021 8:56 PM

For a full view, click on the 'Watch on YouTube' option.

Hi folks,

I just came across this video which shows what seems to be a very easy method for painting coniferous trees on a backdrop. The trees in this example are a bit large for most backdrops, but I think the technique could be used to add depth to a backdrop forest.

My freestanding layout won't have a backdrop, but after seeing this I kind of wish it did.

Dave

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, November 19, 2021 11:02 PM

I dunno, Dave...I'm not seeing any "happy little squirrels".

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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, November 19, 2021 11:51 PM

doctorwayne
I dunno, Dave...I'm not seeing any "happy little squirrels".

So get some brown paint on a fine tipped brush! Don't forget to add in the acorns (although none of the trees in the example would produce acorns but this is where a bit of artistic license would work well!)Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughLaugh

Cheers!!

Dave

 

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:09 AM

At least the trees have friends... Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:31 AM

Refresh my memory Dave, don't you have a divider in the middle?  View block, or whatever you want to call it?

IF you did, trees would look good on that.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, November 20, 2021 3:29 PM

It goes to prove that the good ideas last.  Smile   I first saw a very similar picture done nearly 30 years ago.

Start painting the picture from the back and work forward.   All the time giving depth to the picture.

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, November 20, 2021 4:23 PM

For all the Bob Ross fans who want to paint trees on their model railroad backdrops:

 

My kids say they want a cat for Christmas.  Normally I do a turkey but hey, if it'll make 'em happy ...

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Saturday, November 20, 2021 8:01 PM

Gotta love Larson.BowBowBow

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Posted by hon30critter on Saturday, November 20, 2021 9:01 PM

mbinsewi
Refresh my memory Dave, don't you have a divider in the middle?  View block, or whatever you want to call it?

Hi Mike,

No, there will be no divider. The center of the 12' x 5'4" layout will be a city scene with several taller downtown style structures as well as a trolly line going through the middle of town. I'm hoping that the structures will be tall enough to act as a sort of visual break by blocking part of the view of the tracks on the opposite side of the layout. I'll have to do a side view drawing to see if the buildings will actually do what I want them to. I have the option of adding additional stories if needed.

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Posted by selector on Sunday, November 21, 2021 2:09 PM

I dunno if this will come across as bragging...don't mean it to be, but I actually found out this technique on my own.  I wanted to display my new HO Lionel Challenger, so I crafted a short diorama and painted a backdrop for it using this technique.  It seemed to come naturally, and it was pretty good, if a little paint-by-numbery.  My new backdrop needs 'something', and I think this has sparked me to make it a goal to naturalize what I have crafted so far.  Thanks for the ideas!

Excuse the poor quality...pre-digital, and pre-knowing-much-about-photography.

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, November 22, 2021 3:19 AM

selector
I actually found out this technique on my own.  I wanted to display my new HO Lionel Challenger, so I crafted a short diorama and painted a backdrop for it using this technique.  It seemed to come naturally, and it was pretty good, if a little paint-by-numbery. 

Hi selector,

I think the backdrop looks pretty good!

Dave

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