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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 F E B R U A R Y G R A P H I C S P R O 2 9 skirting that edge with a very tropical theme. But how would we merge in the cowgirl? The image would be a mix of graphic presenta- tion with some illustrative qualities and simple in approach. We used an equine element to inject that country theme, though horses aren't strictly tied to western. We went with five stripes, a spectrum of col- ors from warm to cool, and a good balance for this women's design. The garment color was ivory, so we used darker outlines for definition of the elements, but not all. The background waters, sun, and mountainous ter- rain were left bare so that they would fall back and not compete with the foreground elements. We em- ployed a stipple texture brush from our brush palette in Photoshop to darken recessed areas of the moun- tain to make it more tonal. The sun had just enough breakup to simulate dis- tance as would naturally happen with haze or clouds in the sky. This area was only five inches and second- ary, so getting carried away with detail didn't make sense. Less is more in this case. For the water, we used a high-contrast photo dur- ing sunset to replicate the light-reflective qualities. The foreground had darker ripples and light diffus- ing off the water as it recedes to the horizon. The The horse was almost an entirely black silhouette. We added a slight reflection quality to some of the contours of the animal.

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