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Making of 'Lida'

By Yu Cheng
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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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Introduction

In this piece, I wanted to interpret a new feeling of an old Chinese poem, and try to make it more fantastical, sci-fi and surreal. So I started out by doing research some research. Here are a few images I found from a Google Image search.

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Fig. 02

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Fig. 03

Concept/Sketch

Here are some rough concept sketches, composed with the "pipa" (a musical instrument) photograph and graphic elements to see how it would all look together.

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So, when I could see what compositions I was after, I chose the most suitable one and started painting...

Black and White

In this step, I started out with just black and white first, and I drew every element for each layer. I did this because it's easier to change colour for each element using the Hue/Saturation and Replace Color tool to change the colour.

I filled a gradient on the background and put the sketch as a guideline above, lowering the opacity if the layer.

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I then started with the skin, just painting grey tonal shades and working on the values.

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