Can you help me paint a dusty, gloomy un­der­ground room?

Halle Burt, US

ImagineFX - - Imaginenation Artist Q&a -

An­swer Den­man replies

As I quickly sketch out my per­spec­tive, I plan out how my direc­tional light will play a part in the com­po­si­tion. With a dusty room, light al­most be­comes an ob­ject, be­cause it’s caught up in all the dust par­ti­cles that fill the air.

I quickly lay in my val­ues and make sure I draw bright direc­tional light val­ues, from the open­ing in the ceil­ing to the spot where the light hits the ground.

I pre­fer to use a Pho­to­shop tex­tured brush when do­ing this, be­cause it gives the air that dis­tinc­tive dust-par­ti­cle ef­fect. Most im­por­tantly, when deal­ing with a dark en­vi­ron­ment that’s be­ing lit by a sin­gu­lar strong source, it will cre­ate some fan­tas­tic bounced light.

For this scene the warmer sun­light re­flects off the ground and then up­wards to cast a warm light on the cool colours of the cav­ern in­te­rior.

The light in a dusty room be­comes an ob­vi­ous fea­ture in any im­age. Your direc­tional lines need to be par­al­lel to each other, be­cause the beams are trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion. If ob­jects lie in the shaft of light, their val­ues are re­duced. Ob­jects that lie be­yond the light al­most get lost com­pletely. Add tex­tured brush­strokes to de­pict dusty air.

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