Photoshop Sketches for Painting

I often start out with sketching in Photoshop before I move on to my oil paintings. It's a great all around tool for quick colour and composition ideas. I also use Illustrator if I need precise details for gears, wheels etc.





"The Lute Player"
Photoshop



"Pillar"
Photoshop



"Sintra"
Photoshop




"Old City Express"
Photoshop Sketch
12" X 24"





There are several of these "sketches" which I prefer to the final oil paintings.


















I really wanted to paint bright orange against the blue night sky.



Some times I do several different versions of my subject matter before 
I choose the final for a painting.








I dropped the British rail logo in after the colour sketch was
 done then I adjusted the perspective.




I've done a couple of these paintings, the angle intrigues me.







I've done several images of trains coming through waterfalls. I always thought it was such an interesting visual.  This one was left at the sketch stage.



Couple more..








Colour rough for "Working Late"




I started this one in oils on masonite board but wasn't happy with the results.




I was originally going to keep this one solely as a Photoshop
 illustration but decide to do a version in oils: "Silent Steam".





Sometimes the colours work better in Photoshop.









I started then sketch for this painting but when I roughed out the colour version I lost interest
The composition was a little too static.






I like both versions of this one.







Colour sketch for "Northern Express"








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