Join David Mattingly for an in-depth discussion in this video Downward-facing surfaces, part of Digital Matte Painting Essentials 3: Tone.
In this section, we're going to darken all downward-facing surfaces on our castle.…Downward-facing surfaces will generally be darker on both the light and dark…sides, since they would be receiving less reflected light from the sky.…There are two obvious downward-facing surfaces on this castle that we should…take care of first, the undersides of the front and side bridges.…The underside of this front bridge is on the light…side, even though it would really be quite dark underneath it, so first, we…need to remove it from the light side, by painting into the layer mask.…
Load in the Underbridge mask holding layer, and…select the mask for the light side layer.…Select black from the color picker.…Choose that soft brush, and set the opacity to 100%.…And paint into the mask.…This blocks…the light side layer from lightening the under side of the bridge.…With the same selection loaded, select the Cast shadow layer.…Make sure you have that same medium grey in your color picker.…And add a general gradient as the bridge curves around from the light to dark side.…
This course is part 3 in David's Digital Matte Painting Essentials series. Go back to Digital Matte Painting Essentials 2: Perspective, part 2, to recreate the castle drawing he uses in this course, or if you simply want to learn more about form, you can use the example provided in the exercise files.
- Selecting the silhouette
- Find the dark sides and light sides in the drawing
- Using mask-holding layers
- Examining the light and dark sides of rounded surfaces
- Looking at the cores
- Adding cast shadows
- Separating surfaces with final darks
- Adding ambient occlusion