USE BOUNCE LIGHT TO CREATE A SUMMER SCENE
Suzanne Helmigh uses bounce light to help emphasise body language and mood, creating a summer scene for an illustration
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!