OTIS AND ACCD:
1. Finished concept piece based on an image you already have that is at least 3000 pixels wide.
1. Black and white sketch using flat solid blacks or greys, no blending. And just because mine went fast doesn’t mean yours will. spend time FIRST blocking the shapes in (who cares how sexy you’re just figuring out what you want where)… THEN spend time making the shapes FINAL… YES FINAL. Design those shapes beautifully and THEN send it to me for evaluation.
2. Find a photo that has the exact lighting scenario and color you want (spend an hour looking for it if you must) and put it in your image by making more room at the top and pasting it in.
3. Color in your B&W shapes by color picking off the photo and making adjustments to the colors based on your outdoor painting knowledge. Then make a copy of that color comp and put it up there with the photo above your image. BUILD A 3-D mock up of part or all of your image that needs it and put the render of that in the image in the your composite
4. Do another photo ref search for EVERY SINGLE ITEM IN YOUR IMAGE… EVERY INCH OF SCREEN REAL ESTATE SHOULD HAVE DIRECT PHOTO REFERENCE. Find photos in ambient light composite all of them into the image in layers. You should have a very shitty looking unlit composite image.
5. Love on the the shitty composite by making duplicate layers that are color dodge and painting your light in with layer masks on said color dodged layers.
6. Overpaint on the whole thing for hours softening edges, keeping your comp and focal point in mind. Soften the texture of some photos, add detail where you want it. put things in the photo didn’t have, specular light, fog layers etc.
7. JUICE IT TO DEATH.
Repaint over of Ashton’s image. Trying to get dumber and simpler and focus on the action… plus cheating our asses off, grabbed both the horse guy and the monster from google, colors picked off a photo with the exact same lighting scenario. (this image is only %40 done. NONE of the painting love, texture love, or final 5 hours of styling is in yet. AKA this level of finish would NOT fly for next week.)
Repaint of Noel’s image. Trying to get a more dramatic realistic looking shot by… you guessed it CHEATING OUR ASSES OFF. photos from the grand canyon, a horse from a “gasp” Bill Anton painting (AND I WOULD DO IT AGAIN AS I TOOK GREAT PLEASURE IN THESE ACTIONS) and some 3-D in the buildings. This one is closer to %80 done, needs some love on those vista rock formations, love on the architecture to make it more alien.