Auck­land in Mid­dle-earth?

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I start work­ing from the back for­ward. I don’t want the back­ground to be too sharp, so I’m us­ing only the rougher brushes and smudgers. I‘m asked to in­clude the Auck­land sky­line, so I take the build­ings with char­ac­ter­is­tic sil­hou­ettes, and make them a lit­tle less mod­ern. I also want to im­ply a bat­tle, but leave enough space for our char­ac­ters to have their duel.

Ref­er­ence spheres

Re­mem­ber those spheres they made you ren­der in art school? Me nei­ther. But it turns out they have a pur­pose beyond con­fus­ing and bor­ing young peo­ple! I’ll of­ten cre­ate ref­er­ence spheres for my scene’s light­ing sce­nar­ios, and use those as both my guides and my palate. They’re par­tic­u­larly help­ful for metal­lic sur­faces. Great mod­ern masters like Donato Gian­cola will take chrome spheres to their ref­er­ence shoots.

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