Issue 2 - page 8

12th Feb 2016, 6:06 PM in Birthright - Part 2
Issue 2 - page 8
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)
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Steven-Vincent 12th Feb 2016, 6:06 PM edit delete
This was another tough page, trying to get the lighting right but also get the poses and expressions to look different without being exaggerated. I guess I.... mostly... succeeded.
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lirvilas 12th Feb 2016, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
I like how you're not afraid to strip the backgrounds out of some of these panels... lack of precision in emphasis is my greatest problem with CGI work and that tactic goes a long way in overcoming that.
Steven-Vincent 12th Feb 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply
I noticed some time ago that the print comics do it this way... often one or two panels per page have no background. Part of the reason is that it saves time for the artist, since unlike me, the artist has to re-draw the whole background in each panel (whereas mine, once in place, is always there if I want it). The other part, though, when I started to observe it, was for emphasis. If a character is saying some important lines of dialogue, the artist may leave a blank background so that there are no distractions.

I do it for both of the same reasons. The #1 reason is, of course, emphasis. But the #2 reason is that although the backgrounds are always there once made, they can slow down render times. An Abby-only render in Iray might take 5-6 minutes. With the whole hospital room behind her it might take 30-60.

The #1 problem with doing this is lighting. With nothing in the shot, you need a different lighting set up, and it is VERY hard to make it look like similar lighting to the full scene.
Centcomm 12th Feb 2016, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
I think I'm just too much of a detail hound to remove backgrounds but bravo for trying it. Also your render times are really high! I think 40 min is my top with 25 point lights and 4 fill lights in addition to about 15 to 18 figures.
Steven-Vincent 12th Feb 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Iray increases render times. Also, at this stage I was not good at optimizing scenes. It all depends on what's in the shot. I am doing one now in an office with Abby and 2 other people and the render times are around 30 minutes, which is not bad.
Haegan2005 13th Feb 2016, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
posted to give a blatant 5!
Steven-Vincent 13th Feb 2016, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
Thanks. I appreciate it.
wnp 5th Mar 2016, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
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Steven-Vincent 5th Mar 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
You've somewhat anticipated something that is coming in a few pages.
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