Friday, August 15, 2008
Mythos: Cap, Step by Step, Part 5
Continuing our look at the painting process, we now enter the final stage. Having previously rendered the image in a monochromatic underpainting, all that remains is to add color where it is needed. This is often an involved process, so I break it up into sections and concentrate on one at a time. The only disadvantage to this, as we will see, is neglect of the overall composition.
The first thing that I sought to finish was the control panel in the lower left corner. While I did a fine job of coloring in the equipment, I sort of lost myself in the process and treated it as a major element, bathed in light. My original intent was to keep it almost in silhouette, thus providing merely an indication of technology that wouldn't distract from the main focus.
Part of the problem stems from my use of gray in my underpainting, as opposed to black, which would give me a full range of value. I tend to avoid black because it results in a very cold tint to the image, not to mention a potent residue on top of which color will be added.
In addition, keeping your composition lighter than the ultimate intent allows the scanner to pick up more information than it would otherwise be able to. The digitized image is therefore richer and can be easily adjusted to achieve the full tonal range.
Technically, the painting is all finished at this point. I wasn't completely satisfied, but Photoshop provides the opportunity to adjust and tweak as needed. Here is the unedited scan before post-production, which I will cover next week.
Update: Part 6