For this image I will be focusing on showing how texture
from photographic resources can be implemented into a scene, and how to add an
amount of detail to an image that would take an extremely long time by any
other means. The approximate time to complete this image was only five hours.
The elements used here are closely related to the techniques
that are used in matte painting. The photo image and digital painting
techniques used here need to work hand in hand for the image to be successful.
I will be adding details such as moss, vines, bark and bone
to my image all the time, and will be keeping in mind the scene’s light source,
the shadows, mood and colour palette, and all the while adapting the textures
Mostly I’ll be using the Clone Stamp tool to add the detail
and basic Photoshop airbrushing for the bulk of the image, and layer overlays
including overlay colour tones, dust and shadow. I’m going to be starting with
a concept from which I have produced a number of roughs on the theme of dreams
and nightmares; it’s a fantasy look at subconscious interpretations of the
dreamworld. I produced five roughs on this idea, and then I chose the image of
a dog-like man fighting against the wind. I liked the flow that this would
create. From this I write a description to work from; a poetic influence of
“He pushes through reality, a dog creature walking against
the subconscious winds. Feel his struggle, with each step his physical form
changes and reality fades away…”
From issue 15.