In­tro­duce the back­ground

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Spaceship Concept -

I want a sim­ple, out-of-fo­cus back­ground be­cause the only fo­cus of the pic­ture is the ship it­self. I use colours al­ready present in the ship, and draw bold shapes and al­ter­nate darker and lighter val­ues be­fore blur­ring the back­ground us­ing Fil­ter>Blur> Gaus­sian Blur. I add gra­di­ents on top to de­scribe the ground plane and add to the sense of at­mos­phere.

Choose the light di­rec­tion

To keep things sim­ple, I de­cide that sun­light comes from above the im­age. Fol­low­ing what I think my forms are, I paint light on the planes fac­ing up and shadow on the planes fac­ing down. If you’re un­sure about light­ing you can ren­der a sim­ple sphere in a match­ing light­ing scheme and then ref­er­ence it when paint­ing ev­ery­thing else.

March 2015

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