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Badass Lighting #2: Specular Bloom

Badass Lighting #2: Specular Bloom

My last post started the topic of “hyperreal lighting” by dealing with the fresnel effect. Now I want to move on to the second kind: specular bloom. Specular bloom is related to the fresnel effect and, under the right kind of light, includes fresnel lighting. However specular bloom also includes more direct surfaces (rather than mainly ... Read More
The Power of a Gradient Mapped FX Stack

The Power of a Gradient Mapped FX Stack

The featured image for this post is not a photograph. That fireball was painted by hand in photoshop using a powerful tool I call the FX Stack. I use this all of the time, sometimes with several instances in a single piece. I initially learned the technique from Mike “Daarken” Lim’s book, Elysium. When I read ... Read More
Using Illustrator and Photoshop together

Using Illustrator and Photoshop together

I have always used both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop together as a unit. Each application has its own strengths and weaknesses. I end up doing a TON of drafting for both illustration and graphic design in Illustrator, whose vector output and editing is simply unmatched. Nonetheless, the finishing and rendering I can do in Photoshop ... Read More
Victory

Victory

Wanted to share with you some recent work I finished. This is a commissioned piece called “Victory.” It is a portrait of the client, depicted as a kind of spiritual avatar–younger, faster, and harder. The scene is a metaphor for the struggles and horrific hardships she had to fight through in her life to emerge ... Read More