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Old 10-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hello all,

here is one I started the other night.

The backdrop will become more industrial and I'll figure out what to do with the sky.
also he atmospherics will be very thick.
The mood should be melancholic and lonely. Sad maybe.

Any thoughts?


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Getting some lights in

 
Old 10-26-2012, 02:44 AM   #3
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In the end are you wanting the smoking figure to be the focal point? If so I recommend increasing that light source a lot. It's pretty bright at its source, but it's not effecting the environment enough.

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Hi Josh,

thanks for your time.

Here is the final piece (had to call it last night). The light was too weak indeed in the previous iteration, and you might think it still is in the final. I think flipping it did it a great favour and the lack of detail and light in the fg character is justifiable.

hope you like it.


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Hello Marco. How long did this take and what software did you use?
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According to how bright the light source is, it is indeed still too dark on the bench and the figure, as if the rate of the light falloff has been decreased by half. This isn't merely a problem with logic and how light behaves according to the laws of physic, but also one of readability of your main focus. Because of the low contrast in the areas that should have more clarity, the focal point's readability suffers. If you squint your eyes, pretty much everything but the lit cigarette blends together. IMO, if an area you're supposed to be able to read clearly in an image doesn't pass the readability/squint test, then it needs to be fixed.
 
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Hello vicmonty,

I used Photoshop and Eyeon Fusion. It took me four days approximately, but I'm slow :-)

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Hello Lunatique,

thanks for your reply and opinion.

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This isn't merely a problem with logic and how light behaves according to the laws of physic, but also one of readability of your main focus


I agree the main focus is lacking readability.
Being my lighting, shading and anatomy skills very limited I opted for less instead of more 'bad looking' detail.. not through lack of trying. I'd be interested in seeing a paint-over with some suggestions, although I'm aware that if you refer to fine lighting detail, it might be time consuming.
Am I right in interpreting your thoughts in the way that the FG man and where he's sitting don't hold enough visual interest compared to the rest of the picture?

Keep in mind this was never going to be photo-real, just meant have some style.


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It's mainly a matter of contrast and brightness. Generally speaking, you want to have your most contrasty or brightest area be your main focus, or maybe containing a strong color to grab the attention of the viewer. You can also selectively create eye-leading by using sharp edges, lots of detail, etc add even more contrast. In this case, the background is dominating the viewer's attention.

Beyond the matters of eye-leading and general composition using contrast, the way that lighting is depict is simply not accurate, with the light becoming way too dark by the time it reaches the bench the guy's sitting on. It basically breaks the laws of physics.
 
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