Sunday, May 9, 2010

lab in progress

Here's a work in progress I thought you guys could give me some feedback on. Basically all I have is the local color. I've tried a few different things with the lighting, but can't seem to get what I want. I always end up going too dark. Any suggestions?

6 comments:

  1. I like it. I think if you use the lamps in the background, and add some steam here and there to reflect that light around you can get creative with things. I like the expression of the kid, against the unsure if he is going to survive look of the older man. haha its cool. I wonder if you used that red light on the top of the machine for a secondary light if it would help your lighting predicament.

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  2. Hey Randy, i've got to commend you on the background environment. I remember back from Dan Burr's class that you didn't like doing backgrounds. This is definitely a portfolio piece once you flush it out. I think this piece feels dark probably because the environment is a dark one. If you think about in real life having dark gray walls will automatically make a room darker.I also second everything Preston said about the lighting. I think another one of those chandelier thingers closer in the foreground would be nice and then those could be the main light source. Great work!

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  3. RANDY!!
    I'm with Preston: you need to do the lighting. Decide 2 light sources and if it is night-time or day-time. The characters are fantastic, as usual... :)
    Another thing that has helped me in environments is a lot of ledges: moulding on the table, perhaps some on the edge of the ceiling. Decide what it is made of- metal? dry wall? Is he in some addition to his house or his own secret lab? You want it to feel cluttered and home-made. it's very definitely on its way!

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  4. Randy, I was looking at this again and a thought came to mind. The scientist dude is holding his hand as though he is about to flip a giant switch/lever thing. But there really isn't anything behind his hand for his hand to be interacting with. You should put a big lever or a switch or something.

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  5. My husband wants this illustration to be a cartoon. :) I totally agree. It'd basically be hilarious.

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