Friday, February 24, 2012

Backyard



Compared to the epic, fantastic and fictional grand vistas, the simple and ordinary locations become more challenging to design. The battle is taking the ordinary and common and transform them into something fresh and interesting. Its a balance of shapes, composition, amount of stylization, and lighting. In laying out the location shot, its very crucial to do it and solve all the issues in values to establish the foundation for proper lighting and color. Here's an exercise I did and I want to share including the step by step. Both were done using only two preset brushes in PS - a hard brush for the sketch and my favorite no. 19 brush for wash. Enjoy. 

Backyard-1



Backyard-2




All images ©Armand Serrano.


21 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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C.Deboda said...

Interesting to know how the more ordinary places become more difficult to design. Are there any other tips you care to share to aide in this "transformation"?

Also, nice to see the process between your line work and values.

Darnell said...

Nice composition and lighting. Always pick up something when I check out your blog.

Darnell said...

Nice post! Good to see how you go about location designs. I always come away with something new after looking at your blog.

Michael Mercer said...

nice job, armand!

Mauricio said...

Thanks for your commentary as well as your artwork - it's always cool to hear the thought processes!

Daniel said...

Very interesting to see your process. Did you do any initial work in pencil on paper, or just go straight into the digital sketch?

Great stuff!

Amelie. said...

i love to see pictures about the process of a drawing. very nice peaces.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Gosh Armand, these are masterful!

Armand Serrano said...

@C. Deboda: Playing around with perspective could add. Sounds simple but even the placement of the vanishing point will tell different stories.

Armand Serrano said...

@Daniel: Straight to digital.

Armand Serrano said...

@Marcelo: Thanks, brother.

Don Flores said...

greatness as usual!

Andrea Pucci said...

Wow! So wonderful! Every time!!!

Alfred Llupia said...

This is great Armand.Greetings.

Mimi Cortazar said...

Awesome work !

S said...

I like it but still prefer your pencil work...

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Awesome !!!!

Owen Williams said...

Beatiful work Armand. One question if I may, once the values have been added, do you apply colour on a seperate layer as an overlay,multiply ect inorder to retain the values underneath?

Sukanto Debnath said...

you are an inspiration!

Jon di Venti said...

Love these drawings Armand! I shared this post with my students as they were designing environments for their senior films. Thanks for sharing!