13 De­pict­ing the aurora above the bat­tle­field

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Feed­back from Imag­ineFX is to lift the main area out of shadow by paint­ing an aurora – those heav­enly nat­u­ral light shows. To give it a real­is­tic shape I need to de­pict its most no­tice­able fea­tures. It has a smooth gra­di­ent be­tween the top and bot­tom ar­eas, and a more ir­reg­u­lar hor­i­zon­tal gra­di­ent; there are ar­eas where the aurora is less dense. I use a cus­tom brush to paint this: I in­crease Spac­ing in the Brush Set­tings and de­crease Flow, which gives nice, smooth brush strokes – just the ef­fect I’m af­ter!

May 2014

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