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Making Of 'The Courtyard'

By Anthony Eftekhari
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Date Added: 5th April 2012
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On a separate layer, I painted puddle shapes with a darker value and screened the reflection pass over the top of the shapes with a clipping mask, so the reflection only shows up on the shape layer and nothing else. After some balancing of the reflection, I painted out stone shapes from the puddle layer to break it up and sell the fact that the water is at different levels on the stone ground. I also brought back some spec on the stone where the puddle ends so that there is separation between the puddle and the stone (Fig.15).

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Fig.15

I added some spec to the vines and ivy to give them a wet look, as if it had just rained. This helped to tie everything together and create an overall mood. It also gave me a chance to add some low-lying mist and helped separate the FG pillars and the statue from the back wall, creating depth in the image.

For the statue I simply searched for an image of a statue that fit the mood that I wanted and color corrected and painted the lighting to help it sit in the environment. I added highlights to tie it into the wet ground and ivy. I also lightened the top faces that are influenced by the skylight and painted occluded areas, keeping it generally light by the skylight (Fig.16).

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Fig.16


Conclusion

Summing this project up, it's important to always have an idea that you want to convey. This can be anything from lighting, mood, contrasts etc. Always look for references you can use from real life that will help you convey that idea and help serve as a springboard in creating your image. This will help ground your image in reality, no matter what the subject matter is. My goal was to create a mood, and I used 3D as a base to realize the image and painted on top of it to take it exactly in the direction I needed it to go to convey that mood. There are many ways to do this as an artist, but the most important thing, and what will make your image successful, is the feeling you convey in the image (Fig.17).

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Fig.17




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(ID: 101823, pid: 0) The Rabzy on Wed, 11 April 2012 2:59pm
Great S%$T! Reminds me of a Canadian artist by the name of Amir ...
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(ID: 101640, pid: 0) Beri on Tue, 10 April 2012 10:20pm
Such a beautiful and creative work of art
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(ID: 101606, pid: 0) Sierra on Tue, 10 April 2012 6:41pm
a wonderful piece, enjoyed reading about how it came about, awesome work!
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(ID: 101443, pid: 0) Rachael L on Tue, 10 April 2012 4:33am
Such beautiful work, and a very talented artist.
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(ID: 101373, pid: 0) B-Mart on Mon, 09 April 2012 6:48pm
CG Gangster award..
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(ID: 101296, pid: 0) RustyBramble on Mon, 09 April 2012 11:32am
Awesome. Thanks a lot.
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