Be in­spired by the vi­su­als of cin­ema

Clearly con­veys a moody Star Wars cin­e­matic mo­ment, achieved in part by paint­ing over 3D mod­els

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Issue 129 Christmas 2015 -

Josh Viers con­veys a moody Star Wars mo­ment.

or this work­shop I’m go­ing to give you a lit­tle insight into how I cre­ate some of my Star Wars art. I’ve only just re­cently started us­ing 3D in my process, and I’ve found it’s in­valu­able in com­pos­ing a scene. With even the sim­plest 3D el­e­ments I’m able to de­fine and com­pose my space in a way that makes it tan­gi­ble.

Since I love film it also makes sense to start with that as my in­spi­ra­tion. I’ll

fChrist­mas 2015 of­ten take a scene from one of my favourite films and use it as a start­ing point. You’ll be build­ing your art on the se­lected scene, so choose wisely! Re­mem­ber, just be­cause you love Clue­less doesn’t mean it’ll be a good start­ing point for your art. Pick a movie that was lauded by crit­ics for its look – a film with great cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

For ex­am­ple, I know that us­ing a Coen Broth­ers film as the launch point is a safe bet be­cause Roger Deakins acts as di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy for most of their films. If I can em­u­late Roger’s work then I’m head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

My end re­sult will of­ten be very dif­fer­ent from what I started with, but with a solid foundation and good in­spi­ra­tion it’s hard to go wrong. If you’re not sure where to be­gin, Evan Richards’ blog ( www.evan­richards.com) is an amaz­ing re­source for great cin­e­matog­ra­phy. Okay, it’s time to put my ad­vice into prac­tice!

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