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Making Of 'Falling Skies'

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Then I created a blank layer on top of everything, blended with Soft Light, where I cleaned light and shadow areas using black and white paint and a standard soft brush. In this way I blended the photo I used for the eyes better and cleaned some parts of the render (Fig.09).

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Fig. 09

As the final steps, I blurred a photo for the background, created a vignetting and cleaned the edges of the render in order to better blend the creature with the environment. A good trick to use to get this effect is to flatten the image in one layer and create a copy of it, blur it with Gaussian blur and erase the subject of the image. This helps your creature blend well with the environment and also gives more focus to him (Fig.10).

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Fig. 10

The first image was complete and from it I was able to create a new version of this alien, using just Photoshop in order to copy and paste around parts of the image. I use this technique quite a lot when I have a final image that works and the client asks for concept variations, so I don't have to sculpt again (Fig.11).

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Fig. 11

I really enjoyed working on all of the concepts that were a little part of the work I've done for this TV show at The Aaron Sims Company. I'm really happy with the result of this images and models. Aliens are always so fun to create. I hope you learned something with this tutorial, and thank you for reading it!

To see more by Luca Nemolato, check out Digital Art Masters: Volume 8

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Ricardo on Mon, 28 January 2013 11:26pm
Awesome !! my friend congratulation for job !!
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