How do I give my art the same cin­e­matic look that I see in pro­fes­sional work?

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Sandy Mor­ris­sey, Wales

Bram replies

There are lots of tricks you can use to make an im­age feel more cin­e­matic or photo-real, but the most im­por­tant one of all is light­ing. Try to de­velop a good un­der­stand­ing of how cin­e­matog­ra­phers use light to their ad­van­tage and how they lead the viewer’s eye to cer­tain parts of an im­age by us­ing light and con­trast.

In this im­age the light source in the back­ground helps to push the sil­hou­ette in the fore­ground while pro­vid­ing the

The most im­por­tant part of mak­ing an im­age feel cin­e­matic is the light­ing. Study how top cin­e­matog­ra­phers do it and try to em­u­late those set-ups in your own paint­ings.

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