Suzanne Helmigh uses bounce light to help em­pha­sise body lan­guage and mood, cre­at­ing a sum­mer scene for an il­lus­tra­tion

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This paint­ing de­picts one of the scenes from my il­lus­trated novel, Caldyra. It’s a di­a­logue be­tween two peo­ple, with the em­pha­sis on the mood and body lan­guage. Ev­ery il­lus­tra­tion I make for this project supports the story, and has pre-made con­cept art for the world in which it takes place.

In this workshop I’ll show how I ap­proach the de­pic­tion of the char­ac­ters and the en­vi­ron­ment, be­cause one el­e­ment in­flu­ences the ren­der­ing process of the other. I search for new chal­lenges in all my il­lus­tra­tion work, and with this workshop I’m learn­ing about the in­flu­ence of day­light and shad­ing over var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als such as plants, rocks, skin, hair, gold and light fab­rics.

Be­fore tack­ling a new topic I’ll make time to re­search it. Dur­ing the sum­mer I took lots of pho­tos and notes to an­a­lyse the colours and ef­fects a blue sky has on ev­ery­thing in view. I also found that the more I ren­der the en­vi­ron­ment, the more I have to ren­der the char­ac­ters, and vice versa. Okay, let’s see how we can make this sum­mer scene come to life!

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