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Making Of 'Pirate Hype'

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Date Added: 13th July 2011

Compositing and Final Touches

If you're upfront about "cheating", then it's not really cheating, is it? I wanted an illustration completed in a limited amount of time, not a turntable or an animation, so I used a few tricks to maximize the impact of the image:

I painted the texture directly on the hat and bandanna, very much like projection painting or matte painting. I cut out some of the fins, placed them in front, placed them behind, and ran a blur on them to create the depth of field. This way the character looks like he has a body, just not a floating head; it's much more believable like this (Fig.15).

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Fig. 15


I ran a Noise filter on the image to make it look like an old photograph, and to finish off, I color corrected the image to get the tone and mood I wanted, and there I had myself the Pirates Hype illustration - my fun, little project (Fig.16)!

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Fig: 16


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Naomi105813 (Forums) on Fri, 28 October 2011 5:27am
Nice job.[IMG]http://www.cuinsurance.org/xiao3.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.cuinsurance.org/xiao1.jpg[/IMG][IMG]http://www.cuinsurance.org/xiao2.jpg[/IMG]
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Robert on Fri, 21 October 2011 8:19am
Amazing! I have never understood how to make believable eyes.Maybe a more in depth explanation? Anyway amazing!
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Robert on Fri, 21 October 2011 8:19am
Amazing! I have never understood how to make believable eyes.Maybe a more in depth explanation? Anyway amazing!
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Lampshadehead on Sat, 16 July 2011 2:32am
Really amazing. Great trick the with fins and DOF to finish off. The most striking things seems to be the feeling in the eyes. I think this is created by great texture work, the right pose, and the good lighting/rendering/colour correction. You seem to have really nail that 'cold glance'
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Z3r0717 on Fri, 15 July 2011 8:00am
Awesome work for a fun little project.
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Thiago on Thu, 14 July 2011 9:01pm
Nice job. The eyes are very representative.
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