How to create a winter environment

Before I start working on a personal image I usually start thinking about what I want to see in the finished work. In most cases I'm interested in creating a certain effect, such as how to paint fire or illustrate a portrait under unusual lighting conditions. 

When I read something about composition or a colour scheme, or an interesting thought comes to my mind, I make a note of it. Sometimes it's also about a specific painting technique, but almost never about a subject. I keep my ideas in a text file: it's simple to maintain, and has grown in size over the years. 

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Philipp studied game design at HTW Berlin. He's since been working as an artist at Karakter Design Studio in Berlin and gives lectures at the city's S4G School for Games institute.