Step-by-step: Using 3D software to help create dramatic shadows
1 I use DAZ 3D to set up my scene, carefully positioning all the crucial elements so they can be lit up by a relatively narrow area of light. The further I place the light source from the bars of the cell door, the less the shafts of light will fan out. After rendering in 3D, I use Photoshop’s Stamp 2 filter to create something approximating a line drawing. I always upscale the resolution of the image first, because I want the filter to preserve as much detail as possible. 3 I create a new layer and draw the finer details using the Pen tool, putting more character in the face and making fixes to anatomy and clothing. In this instance, with big block shadows covering so much of the image, I barely had to do any drawing.