Comp a scene to­gether

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I pick a base im­age that’s close to my imag­ined com­po­si­tion and light­ing scheme. This gives me a foun­da­tion to build on, and a ref­er­ence pal­ette that I can match the colours of the other source ma­te­ri­als to. Here I’m us­ing an im­age from Noah Bradley’s free New Zealand ref­er­ence pack ( www.noah­bradley.de­viantart.com).

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Af­ter some colour ad­just­ments I comp more pho­tos into the scene and paint in some parts, us­ing colours that are present in the pho­tos. I want to add more depth and de­tail to the im­age, and achieve this by lay­er­ing the moun­tain ranges and adding more low clouds, fog and haze be­tween them.

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I want to cre­ate a cin­e­matic fan­tasy im­age, so in­tro­duce more clouds – some painted, some from images us­ing var­i­ous layer blend­ing modes. I add the clas­sic pirate ship as my main fo­cal point and re­paint the light­ing to guide the viewer to­wards that area, for bet­ter sto­ry­telling pur­poses.

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