Saturday, December 14, 2019

Planning a Lighting Scheme

I used two contrasting lighting sources for this painting from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. There's a low, warm, frontal light and a high, cool backlight.

I reality-checked the effects of such a scheme by shooting reference of me and my maquettes in the same light environment. The Bix maquette is by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
From Amazon: Dinotopia: Journey To Chandara
From my web store: Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara 


Susan Krzywicki said...

This is one of the thing Is love about your work: the way the light itself is such a creator of mood. Beautiful.

Virginia Fhinn said...

I love the effect of the cool light shining through the back of the striped cape, that's an awesome detail.

Bob said...

The dual lighting is most clearly seen in the foreground's horned dino -- showing its textured surface and thus imparting realism.

CerverGirl said...

Your dedication to representation of color and light are wonderful and appreciated...I love your books.

Spderweb said...

Why isn't there any more Dinotopia content? I'm surprised there isn't even a massive open world or VR video game for it. It would be amazing. I read the book to my three year old from time to time. He loves it.