The artwork for Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara was shot in a special way to bring out the three-dimensional texture of the oil paintings.
The standard way to light artwork for photography is to set up two lights directly across from each other. This arrangement tends to flatten out the ridges and bumps in the paint surface. Photographer Arthur Evans placed the lights more directionally.
His approach more effectively simulates the way the art would look if it were displayed on a wall beneath a skylight. Above is a detail of the painting “Chasing Shadows,” showing a background texture of stretched linen canvas.
“Most people think of paintings as two-dimensional,” Mr. Evans told me, “but I like to see them as three dimensional.”
Paint Texture, Part 1
Paint Texture, Part 2
Paint Texture, Part 3