Portal to Land of Misfit Toys
Scene inspired by Coraline Layout | Shading | Lighting | Compositing
ART OF REFERENCE
Being my second lighting project, I ended up with a reference that was a bit challenging. Turns out, the movie poster scene was not an actual scene in the film but had some artistic liberties added to it.
This was truly a test of my understanding of color and how one light color can, and will, affect other things - sometimes in unexpected ways.
In order to key in on the light and shadows and direction of light, doing an exercise with broad strokes before work even starts helps train the eye.
Matching a color key is imperative for continuity. In order to have the final result work with lighting, a few iterations of base colors were tested.
First try was based on the final reference - green wallpaper with yellow oak floor. When that proved to be not quite right, further research into the film noted that the room's walls and floor were more on the teal side. Final adjustments were made in Maya with color correct node.
Throughout the process, it is important that work is checked against the reference to be sure on track. One such test is the 'threshhold test.'
Lighting Bot Lighting Challenge Winner, December 2022
Light & Chill
Deepest appreciation to the following great artists, for without their inspiring pieces my piece wouldn't be possible.Set by Alex Mateo based on a concept by Jeremy Vickery (The Attic)
Nutcracker and Elf modeled by Sara Tarr (Holiday Snow Globe)
The Knitted Monster created by Ali Chenari
Inspired by the movie Coraline, LAIKA Studios
A special thanks for their valuable help, knowledge, and friendship to:
Juan Lopez - http://www.jlopezvfx.com/
and Matthew Hicks - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3737890/
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