Trac­ing pho­tog­ra­phy

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In Depth Using Photo References -

Af­ter spend­ing sev­eral hours and hard cash pre­par­ing th­ese shots, this pho­tog­ra­phy is my art­work – just one of the many tools in our mod­ern artis­tic arse­nal. And I use it by trac­ing it. I never let a photo dic­tate the de­ci­sions that lead to a fi­nal illustration, but good ref­er­ence trans­lates into ed­u­cated de­ci­sions based on re­al­ity. So here I loosely trace Rey.

Photo bash and photo tex­ture

Top artists are master painters, but they also use high-end tricks to col­lage, im­print, tex­ture and ma­nip­u­late de­signs us­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and 3D. This paint­ing’s back­ground com­prises 30 or more photo lay­ers, util­is­ing Layer Modes like Mul­ti­ply, Soft Light or Screen to col­lage a big en­vi­ron­ment. Once a re­al­is­tic land­scape evolves from the photo bash, I hand paint the de­tails.

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