Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fundamentals of Lighting lesson 1.

Finally! I recently started another Schoolism course. The last time I did one was back in 2015 with Dice Tsutsumi and Roberto Kondo called Painting With Light and Color, which I found super beneficial. The one I started last week is called Fundamentals of Lighting by Sam Nielson.

Wow. I must say that this course is exactly what I needed. The first lesson Sam jumps right in with the Properties of Light and Advanced Lambertian Reflection, throwing in a bit of quantum probability for good measure. I won't go too deep with what lesson one covers, but rather show you how I tackled the homework assignment.

The assignment required that I paint and light a simple scene in greyscale. All that we were provided with was a basic line drawing and a light source, and it was up to us to render the final form. 

Below is my final image, after I went through and critted my previous test. The illustration is painted to Photoshop CS6.

Final painting.

Below is the scene I painted before I went through the critted lessons. From what I interpreted the shadow isn't particularly true to the light source which you can see in the image below. The "terminator" is also not very accurate.

First painting.

Following some of Sam's tips I created the light rays, and mapped in the shadows and their falloff as well as what I hope to be a more accurate terminator. The green line is where the terminator would more likely be situated, and the purple markings are an indication of the shadows.

Lighting guide.

I must just put out a disclaimer that I am doing the self-motivating subscription course, and my work isn't individually critted by Sam. The changes I did to my first pass were done by observing the crits to a fellow "classmates" artwork which are provided as part of the course material. 

Terminology and links:

Some of Sam's brushes: Linked from here and here.

Friday, 31 March 2017

"Adventure Time" Paint-over

Seeing as I haven't done any personal painting in a while, I thought I would have some fun and do a paint-over of a still from Adventure Time. The bottom image is the original. It had been some time since I tried something like this, and it was cool to see that I had learnt something since then. Would be fun to try some more like this.

The image was found here.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Cape Town International Animation Festival 2017

This past weekend in Cape Town was the Cape Town International Animation Festival at the River Club in Observatory. I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak on a panel about digital colouring with fellow artists Remi Abrahams and Caroline Vos on the Friday afternoon. The conversation was mediated by Neal Strydom from Pixelsmith Studios and centered around digital colouring and its place in the animation pipeline. 

On the Saturday I was a bit more relaxed after being a bit tense on the Friday before doing the talk, and was allowed the opportunity to demo the latest Wacom Cintiq 27qhd that Jim from DDS had on display. Man, that piece of equipment was so rad. It really puts my 24 inch ;) to shame!

It was really awesome to see such a super lineup of people attending and speaking at the festival, and I really believe Di Makings, and her team, did a superb job of putting it all together! Really amped for next year, but this one really set the bar quite high!

Photo by Carmen Ziervogel.

Hamming it up with Marc Moynihan at Content Bar's selfie booth ⊙﹏⊙

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

"All Hallows Eve" for Tulips and Chimneys

Much like the illustration I did earlier this year for Tulips and Chimneys on Valentine's Day, this one I did as a piece for social media to promote the studio over Halloween.

Like the previous illustration I did, this one was also made up of a number of separate pieces which were then put together in Photoshop. The image below left was the thumbnail sketch I did, and you can see the various stages of the process that followed.


And the colouring process below that was done in Photoshop on my cintiq.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Tulips and Chimneys Valentine's Day illustration

At the beginning of this year I began working as a digital painter at an animation and concept development studio in Cape Town called, Tulips and Chimneys. This is an artwork I created as a promotional piece for Valentine's Day. The image directly below is the final piece.

Below is the original line drawing that I scanned into Photoshop to be painted. It consists of various separate line drawings: the central creature on the mound, the border, and the banner. All comped together in Photoshop. Other elements such as the foxes and the birds were added later. 

Below left: The thumbnail sketch. Below right: Pencil sketch.

The line drawings were done using a Uni-ball Pin 0.05 mm pen.

Bottom left colouring in Photoshop on the Cintiq24hd, and the final print on archival paper on the bottom right.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Monday, 26 October 2015

Environment Studies

Schoolism environment lighting studies from around the house.

The image below is the same scene lit at different times of the day.