Q&A: re­gal char­ac­ter

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Cre­at­ing a sim­ple 3D scene to block in a more ex­treme per­spec­tive can help when cre­at­ing ac­tion- ori­ented art­work. Even if you’re not a 3D ex­pert, play around with roy­alty-free mod­els and set up a cou­ple of lights and a cam­era to quickly try out more in­ter­est­ing com­po­si­tions. I do ex­actly this with the two speeder bikes. I use some pho­tos to com­pos­ite the back­ground to­gether. I also paint in the two fig­ures on the speeder bikes and es­tab­lish the pos­i­tive- neg­a­tive space ra­tio. This de­scribes ar­eas in the im­age that either con­tain vis­ual in­for­ma­tion or are rel­a­tively empty. It helps me to di­rect the viewer’s eyes more ef­fec­tively. My goal is to cre­ate an im­pres­sion­is­tic sto­ry­board frame from one of the films. To this end, I try to keep the style rough and painterly and cover up most of my photo tex­tures, us­ing brushes that em­u­late oils and acrylics. I en­hance the de­tail­ing around the two fig­ures and bikes, which strength­ens my fo­cal ar­eas.

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