More am­bi­ent light

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Pick­ing up the am­bi­ent light colour doesn’t just tie things to­gether – it can also be used to en­hance con­trast and sculpt the forms through care­ful place­ment of stronger or lighter tones of the am­bi­ent light on the char­ac­ters. Then I re­fine the de­tails in tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als and make the am­bi­ent light in­ter­act through­out.

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An­gle of light

I think of each art­work as a study piece, a way to im­prove and to en­sure that I evolve as an artist. I work on the con­trast in the colours of the back­ground and the shad­ows that af­fect the char­ac­ters. I draw a light from above that falls on the char­ac­ters, so that all the light comes from the same point.

Re­view and add more il­lus­tra­tion

I don’t nec­es­sar­ily follow a lin­ear process dur­ing the cre­ation of an il­lus­tra­tion – it’s some­thing that keeps evolv­ing it­self. You need to de­velop a method that you feel com­fort­able work­ing with and which gives you a pleas­ing re­sult no mat­ter how many times you change, or re­vise and im­prove un­til it looks the way you want.

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