Artist Q&A

Chad Maloney, Canada

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Star Wars themes in­clude seedy gambling dens, used uni­verses, chase scenes, re­gal char­ac­ters, bad­dies, and more.

An­swer

Mark replies

To an­swer this ques­tion I’ll de­pict a dy­namic rac­ing scene be­tween two speeder bikes in the back al­leys of Ta­tooine. Be­cause I’m keen to use an ex­treme per­spec­tive I do a rough thumb­nail sketch and then pose a cou­ple of free, sim­ple speeder bike 3D mod­els, us­ing ZBrush. Then I do a quick ren­der with­out any sharp light sources in Keyshot af­ter set­ting up my cam­era. This gives me a good head start with the per­spec­tive and com­po­si­tion, and acts as a base for the whole dig­i­tal paint­ing process.

Now I jump into Pho­to­shop and start block­ing in the al­ley­ways. I use dif­fer­ent pho­tos from Morocco, and use the Free Trans­form tool to ad­just their po­si­tion­ing. I build up my scene around a one-point per­spec­tive, and to strengthen my per­spec­tive even fur­ther I place the two speeder bikes com­ing from my van­ish­ing point. This not only adds an ex­tra level of depth, but gives my scene much more dy­namism and speed.

From this point on the whole process in­volves paint­ing to de­velop the scene, and the de­tails. Dur­ing this stage I make an ef­fort to in­tro­duce as many over­lap­ping el­e­ments as pos­si­ble, be­cause this helps the viewer un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the com­po­si­tion.

To cre­ate a dy­namic rac­ing scene you have to place the viewer in the mid­dle of the ac­tion, use a strong per­spec­tive and then add some ad­di­tional ef­fects to spice it up, such as Ra­dial Blur.

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