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Tiny tips: Falling rivers by Ranarh Tiny tips: Falling rivers by Ranarh
I had been asked for a tutorial about waterfalls, so here you go. As always, there are many things that could have been added.
Take care of the landscape beneath the waterfall, e.g. paint it first; many cliffs do not drop straight down but have jagged edges where rocks stick out, or the large fall is precedented by tiny falls and currents.
The steady mist allows lush vegetation, and there are even birds in South America that nest behind the water curtain.
As usual, looking at reference pictures will help you paint better, but be careful; many beautiful photos are taken so that the water looks very soft, like hair. That is not natural, waterfalls always look foamy.

See my other tutorials about water:
Water - waves [link]
Water - reflections [link]
Water - colour [link]


"Ranarh's tiny tips" is a collection of iddy-biddy tutorials, each containing small bites of advice anyone can chew, aimed at beginner's level artists. They are not software-dependent. If there's a problem you have, something you feel someone should finally explain, or are just curious what I have to say on a particular artistic issue, feel free to tell me.
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is not the point here, the tutorial is correct  but I must add that natural (non-magical) rainbows have the red on the outside and the purple on the inside of the curve...
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I'll remember it, thanks for pointing it out. :)
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Kurotorasempai Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful. Thank you!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
You are welcome.
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La-Nee Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here: [link]
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thanks a lot! :thanks:
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La-Nee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome :)
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space-commander Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your tutorials :) Instant faves on all of them
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Many thanks!
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Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
much thanks for that
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