So here’s a little sketch I did using Maya with Arnold. I wanted to play with lighting scenarios and the Lighting Filters I mentioned last week.
I was originally inspired with this piece by trying to pay homage to the 19th century artists, like Jean-Leon Gerome and Ludwig Deutsch. They were part of a movement called Orientalism, which was a depiction of the Middle East thru artists from a Western culture’s perspective and interpretations.
I began researching Star Wars related elements. I wanted to incorporate, specifically a bounty hunter, but with all the attention to Boba Fett with the amazing Mandalorian I chose a more obscure one with Dengar. A friend, Brian LaFrance pointed me to a great reference gathering tool Pure Ref. You can create your own pin board of various references easily.
I was able to find low resolution models on RenderHub. There were a bunch of free Star Wars characters from a user, Rip Van Wrinkle.
From here, it was trying to figure out a layout and characters to support my main character, Dengar. For some characters and environments I swapped out textures, used megascan textures. I combined some characters together (made a jawa out of the emperor, etc).
Then just played with mood using different lights in Arnold.
I’ve used a Wacom tablet for years, and I’ve had a Cintiq for a couple years, but I just couldn’t get used to you. I’ve tried drawing with various pens before on the older Ipads, but none of them felt same as a drawing in my sketchbook or the sensitivity of a wacom stylus. Now, I’m considering either an Ipad Pro or Surface tablet. The advances in the Ipad Pro and pen or the Surface seem to finally hit the mark. For years Steve Jobs was quoted as never wanting a stylus with it’s devices, but I’m sure glad they changed their minds. The Pencil from Apple is amazing.
Little demo using adjustment layers in Photoshop. I take a night time image to use as reference to then turn two daytime mountain photos into night time. First, I balance the two photos together, then color time them to be night time.
Royalty free photography is nothing new, stock photography has been available from companies for some time. But now artists have started to use websites like Gumroad to sell their photography individually in a more even playing field with larger companies.
I also wanted to highlight the power of doing a quick paintover on top of a detailed matte painting to resolve some elements of it’s design and look.
Adobe Photoshop is a robust imaging program. I take it for granted that everyone uses it everyday and know the ins and outs of it. The below video link is specifically for the introductory Photoshop user with my focus on how I use it for Matte Painting. I hope you enjoy the video.