i’ve been rethinking ideas about composition since seeing Dan Coles work. he has a refreshing point of view. he searches for patterns like no other. in a way he breaks a lot of the conventional “rules” of image making but he does it SO well that it makes you see the world differently, which is always the goal of art isn’t it? so when i came across this boat (in Glendale!!!) i purposely looked for the pattern of the scene and not the deep space or dimensionality of it.
a little step by step process for my “hangar image posted today”.
sorry i know i should do videos, but i guess i’m getting old. all the tests from a few years back were slowing down my machine, transforming the experience into something really crappy. must try again.
a small explanation for all steps:
01 - basic block in of the hangar
02 - further refining, mostly blocking a good compo
03 - adding the vehicle
04 - a small overlay in the greens to emphasize shadows
05 - auto color (or auto tone?) to obtain richer tones
06 - describing the loco
07 - 2 overlays and one darken layer to take care of slightly limiting the bright white areas, as well as obtaining better shadows and dark areas. also putting a touch of bright light in the upper left.
08 - another describing phase. lights done simply with a color dodge.
09 - smoke and flags. self explanatory
10 - final pass using once again the “auto color” mode. erasing afterwards to leave the background with the original yellow. this step is reintroducing colder tones where needed.
Maciej Kuciara's a step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, featured in ImagineFX magazine issue 69.