Skyline on color gradations


On a double chromatic gradation painted with acrylic paint, was pasted the skyline of a city cut out from a black cardboard. The color gradation was painted starting from a central yellow stripe, with a shade towards red on one half of the sheet, and with a shade towards blue on the other half of the sheet. These colors were chosen to simulate a sunset sky at the top and a surface of water below. The skyline of the city was drawn on a black cardboard and cut out with scissors and cutters to the smallest details, such as windows. After pasting the skyline on the middle of the painting, has been created the effect of “reflection in the water” with a black marker. Under the outlines of the buildings have been drawn irregular horizontal lines, which become less frequent and shrink, as they move away from the silhouette of the city.















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  1. I really love this, I’m going to try this with my students, been looking for some fresh ideas. I’m a new Art teacher. Thanks for the post.

  2. kyawnaing says:

    good idea , i like , i need to land

  3. Thank you, dear Miriam, for the idea! I used it and my little children from the school were excited. You can see their pictures here:

  4. Is this done on regular print paper?

    • Hi Angela. It’s not print paper, it’s too light (70-80gr/m2) to be used for painting. We used Drawing paper, the heaviness is 200gr/m2 and is suitable to be painted without becoming wavy. 🙂

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