Taking some of the details from my sketchbook I’ve had a go at piecing together a concept for the medical research centre corridor. Starting out in sketch up with a really basic structure, I built up layers of colour, shine on the floor and some basic lighting. I’m not sure whether this is entirely finished as there are a few problem areas to iron out, but it gives a guide to what the mood lighting will be and a rough size. I may add a figure in at a later stage.
Below: From Sketch Up to Photoshop/digital painting.
Another way of producing concept ideas particularly when dealing with actual locations is to paint over photos. This will probably be useful for when visualising set dressing rather than set build. It allows visualisation of a mood, alterations of lighting and might be useful for the designer who wants to guide design at the post production phase. I see that I will use this technique for some of my location choices around London that are not going to feature in my main model/design. Once I get the hang of digital painting it should be fairly straight forward to produce concepts.
Again, these are just rough images showing what can be done. I will spend a lot more time on my chosen locations when I have my photos next week.
The bottom image is some digital painting with various filters to change sections of the buildings.
I recently bought a Wacom board so I could practice digital painting, combining software such as Sketch Up with Photoshop. My initial Sketch Up drawing was okay but a bit too clinical, so the idea was to try painting over the top of it and layering filters to see if I could come up with some thing that was half decent. This is my first attempt with the Wacom tablet.
The following two pictures are using sepia and blue filters.
It’s sketchy and will take some more practice to get the precision of a pencil and brush, but theoretically concepts can be developed through combining Sketch Up, Photoshop and painting with the Wacom tablet and pen.
I had a go at digital painting over an image created in Sketch Up. The Sketch Up image is a basic, clinical looking drawing but is quick to produce. I’m more used to drawing with pencil and painting so I’m making the transition to digital art in order to work quickly.
Basic Sketch Up drawing
Drawing altered in Photoshop using a blue filter and digital painting with a mouse, building broken windows and texture.
Starting to add possible rubble from photos.
Above pictures show the cutting out sections of wall to show dereliction in Photoshop.
Adding more texture to floor and walls with painted grass. I didn’t go any further with pasting rubble on this occasion but will be adding in some other pasted images at the next stage. All the painting has been done using a mouse which is a little awkward to use when I’m used to pencil, so the next time I will be using a Wacom tablet that allows a more natural way to paint digitally.