Start the paintover
The 3D render is just a starting point: now it’s time to start thinking like a painter. I want to control the light and colour to improve my composition. In this phase I keep the render intact and make my changes with adjustment layers instead of the Brush tool. Adjustment layers are a great way to experiment with colours without damaging the lower layers.
Paint the portal
This is a great example of 3D being less effective than hand painting. Knowing I want the portal to be detailed and organic, I only blocked it in as a basic 3D sphere. To refine this element I’m using the Brush and Eraser tools. For specific details, I’ve gathered a collection of real-life reference photos: lighting, the sun and solar flares.