by NdK (August 1999)
Lets focus on your picture "Elina och hennes syster". What was your
inspiration when creating this picture?
Elina and I was going to a disco and she likes to dance a lot so I was standing watching her for a while and I really got fascinated by the lighting at the moment. Artificial light gives a special atmosphere.
Do you know Elina and her sister?
Elina contacted me at the first place because she wanted some help to do a portfolio of herself for her modeling career. Later on I asked her to pose for some photos just to get a feel of how artificial lighting works. I had borrowed some light filters from a classmate and took some photos with our digital camera. The digital camera was actually a digital video camera so the still pictures were lacking detail etc. But it got me started.
Did you start by making a sketch on paper, or is everything done on the computer? What program(s)/techniques did you use?
I work 100% on the computer. I have like 37 steps of the Elina and her sister on my computer. You should not stare yourself blind on the latest version of different programs etc. the more you learn to draw the less you use the predefined smoothing operations etc. The best thing is really to draw everything with either digital airbrush tools or brush tools.
How did you get the lighting effect in like this? Is there a special secret technique I don't know about?
I suppose you mean the different colors of the light etc. It's a lot like working in 3d in 2d so to speak. It's a lot about getting a feel for the form of the object. Then I place the light sources where they will enhance the form of the object and pulling it towards the viewer. Contrasting colors are the basics of getting a stand out picture.
How long did it take you from start to finish to create this picture?
2 1/2 weeks.
Are you satisfied with the result? Did it work out the way you planned it?
Yes I wanted to get away from my fantasy palette and get towards more of a cold futuristic one. It was a step in the right direction anyway although it look a bit fantasy . After this picture I had a long period of developing graphics for the Goatage demo, which was more design and texture graphics work.
I noticed that some of your pictures are ray traced pictures. Do you like ray tracing?
Actually it's closer to my way of thinking than 2d. I have more and more integrated 3d in my way of working. Building up scenarios in 3d, render it, and adding it to something I have painted in 2d. My latest project "Stairway" was completely done in 3d except for the textures.
Click here for a work in progress version of the "Stairway" picture or click the thumbnail for the final version.
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