Back to Work
Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! The holiday break was a good one for us. We braved -20C weather and snowy mountain roads to visit some family and friends, ate probably twice our body weight in food and dessert, and introduced Rochelle to the war documentary "Canadian Bacon."
Then, I partook in Steam and GOG's holiday sales, and bolstered my game library with the first new titles in almost a year. For about the cost of dinner at a restaurant, I picked up FTL, Morrowind, Heroes of Might and Magic III, Age of Empires III, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I figured I'd catch up on some classics, and sprinkle some new romps in the mix. So far, I'm really enjoying them!
Alas, I had to get to work some time, so today was my first day back. I had to update the website for a security patch, and then spent the rest of the day working on an encounter painting for the DMC gates.
The painting is really starting to look better today. I finished all of the skyscrapers in the backdrop, and started working on detail for the gate itself, and traffic entering/exiting. I also started applying lighting to the scene, adding shadows to ground the pedestrians and vehicles, and glows over sources of light.
I still need more detail on the gates, namely to make them more cluttered and lived-in. They're too clean right now. And there definitely has to be more traffic. It's not the only gate into the city, but it should still be busy.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with where it's going. I had some lack of confidence before vacation, but I think a lot of that was due to the image lacking shading and light. Now that things are starting to reflect and shadow each other, it looks more like a painting, and less like a bunch of random objects collaged together. The added detail helps too.
Tomorrow, I'll likely pick up where I left off: on traffic detail. I'll see what I can do to weather the walls and gate, too. And I'll likely need to step back for a bit, and see what I think about signage and color in the background. It looks pretty good right now, and has some good variety in detail, but it's a bit monotone. A splash of colored logos or neon might be in order.
Have a good night all, and see you tomorrow!