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