Com­pos­ing value struc­ture

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I con­sider the place­ment of val­ues while work­ing on the com­po­si­tion: this en­cour­ages de­sign­ing shapes that com­ple­ment the cin­e­matog­ra­phy. Us­ing a tonal ar­range­ment of just a few val­ues, I try sim­ple at­mo­spheric back-light­ing that seems to read well enough. The dark fore­ground di­min­ishes the char­ac­ters slightly, but helps draw the eye into the dis­tant back­ground.

A chilly feel­ing

I be­gin block­ing it in, imag­in­ing the cold at­mo­spheric wilder­ness I en­vi­sioned sketch­ing the thumb­nails. In the back of my mind is The Ice­bergs, an Arc­tic paint­ing by Fred­er­ick Ed­win Church that ac­cen­tu­ated deep sat­u­rated blue/greens of scat­ter­ing light through the ice. This is a good op­por­tu­nity to push some of that ef­fect on the glacier here.

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