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Love was a promise made of smoke
in a frozen copse of trees
Light of Eden 
8th-Mar-2012 07:41 pm
alan rickman

I was writing for A&A today and hit a dead end. I'm at this place where, I know vaguely what I want to happen, I just can't work out the best way to get there.

Anyway, in an attempt to combat my block, I started to have a play on Corel with the intention of illustrating the scene. I knew I wouldn't get anywhere close to a finished image, being so awkward with and scared of digital painting, but I did, I think, get a fairly acceptable starting point. I stopped because I realised that I'd a) gone a little overboard with the light rays and they were also slightly bent on the left, and b) forgotten to put the background tree trunks in before I did the lighting, but I experimented enough with the dappled effect to know I could reproduce it in future if I wanted to.

Anyway. I'm still none the wiser on how to approach this.

9th-Mar-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
I rather like it :)

It's like what one might see when laying down in the grass at a park and looking up through the leaves.

Also, using the watercolour brushes in Corel and adding the Salt brush can really go a long way toward creating that dappled effect.

You can get a similar effect in Photoshop, but PS doesn't have anything quite like the Salt effect that Corel has (that I've seen thus far)
9th-Mar-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
That was the goal. :) Actually, it reminds me more of how I imagine the roof of the Palatio Angelorum to be than anything in this scene.
9th-Mar-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
I know nothing, absolutely nothing about Photoshop, I must say I like it. You definitely need that link between top and bottom in the tree stumps, but very lovely. Don't be so hard on yourself. Love you darling.
9th-Mar-2012 11:13 am (UTC)
Love you too, Dess. :)

Edited at 2012-03-09 11:13 am (UTC)
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