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Darrell, I know you’ve probably covered this in your DVDs, but how do you make fog? John.


Good question. The principles I discussed in the DVD on how to make waterfall spray is the same principle for making fog.

To make fog, its a very, light barely misty gray, with just a touch of blue in it. So faint you barely see it. It’s a tint. Than using either a bristle brush (for dry canvas) or a blender brush (wet canvas), you would, with circular strokes, apply the fog where desired.

If you’re using the blender brush, remember that its a light touch as you’ll have paint underneath.

I’ll frequently use either methods. The dry canvas approach is great if I have a lot of area to cover. So I’ll paint what I need up to the point of adding fog and then let the canvas dry. This approach really keeps all of the colors from blending together and creating mud when making fog. However, for wet canvas, keep your touch very light when making fog. With a dry canvas you’ll just use a touch of paint on a bristle canvas and use enough pressure to move the paint. Again the key words are, little paint, just enough pressure.

For a wet canvas, one thing I love doing is making the fog and adding the elements into the fog after I’ve made the fog. This way I can judge for myself just how faint or how strong I wish to have the element shown. For example, in the waters film, remember the rocks I added to the foam spray. The effect was that there was so much spray from the falls that the rocks were barely visible. Same principle.

Let me know if this helps you. Darrell