Adjusting the mock-up
I send the sketches to the ImagineFX team. The one that gets the green light is adjusted according to their instructions: it’s resized, some elements are changed in the composition, or even redesigned completely. I then do a speed painting, a mock-up version to gain a better idea of what the final image will look like.
Value studies and lighting
From this mock-up, I create a value study. This reveals the balance of light and dark on the actual colours that I’ll use for the image. As you can see, even after the image is approved, the colour of the pin-up’s hair is altered. I then render everything I can to maximise all the details on the image, which will be the base for my colour painting process.