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To finish defining the cityscape, I added bridges, refined building and cleaned up some roof top reflections (Fig.19 - 20). The buildings in the back added a bit of layering to the piece. This was really the last pass of the detailing before calling the image done, so I wanted to address every issue I still saw in the painting, including fixing sides of buildings and filling in more structural details all over the place.

Fig. 19

Fig. 20

I dropped a picture of birds flying into the picture. Something like this really adds life to an otherwise dead image (Fig.20).

In the final few steps, I decided to add some spot lights to the angelic structure. To give it eyes and make it the focal point of the piece (Fig.21). I added reflections off of the buildings on the bottom, and with a layer of Color Dodge, I brightened the spot lights to be a major value contrast in the painting.

Fig. 21

Then all that was left was to apply the last layer of overlay, some glows and shines to the bright reflections of buildings and in general to make the lights and darks more controlled and focused (Fig.22).

Fig. 22 - Click to Enlarge

I hope you enjoyed this Making Of and best of luck with your own work.
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