Monday, May 18, 2009




Hi guys. I know, I'm hella slow.

1) Exterior: Just wanted to upload these guys for some thoughts. Made some revisions to exterior of castle also tried a dappled light. Let me know what you think (still need to nail down the foreground elements). Here's a before & after.

2) Interior: Two major things, this is were I'm headed with the lighting. Any suggestions for this one as would be appreciated. I am also wondering for storytelling suggestions here (either composition actually). This Giant Birdcage in Tower seems like an unusual concept, so it has to be really clear in my opinion.

Appreciate the feedback...


  1. Hey Nelson, for the exterior shot, I still like your original castle when it's being backlit. The silhouette shows better, and well, it's pretty cool that the castle is in shadow and only the edges are lit up by rim light. For the interior shot, the lighting works for me, and you should definitely go forward with the huge cage. It's crazy and in-your-face and I dig it. As for composition, its placement is almost bullz eye for me. For storytelling, I think you just have to design it more to differentiate how special this cage is compare to tons of others in regular ones in the room. Put locks on it, put it on a pedestal, or toss some curtain over it, so it would look like just an oversize birdcage. Anyway, good luck! I'm just working as fast you...tying down a piece without a definite line drawing takes so long for me.

  2. Hey Nelson, I agree with Vu about you exterior. I think its really strong and gives a great mood that fits the story. I think you should keep it to the first lighting scenario, but try a very little amount of dappled light, maybe hitting near the front doorway, just to add some accent to the 'in shadow castle'. It seems that the front door is a focal point because of its value, and my eye bounces back between the tower and the door, so if you want the door to be the primary focus, lay that dappled light there I think. Also, for the big bird cage, to make sure that it doesn't look just like a regular bird cage that is just close to the viewer, make it obvious that it is constructed out of smaller parts. Maybe throw in an easily recognizable object that the cage is made out of so it will give an idea of scale, maybe just a chair inside of it could work. Oh and watch the perspective on the bird cage in the foreground to the right, it, I think its ellipse should be shallower, (we'd see less of it), or make it obvious that it is skewed/tilted for some reason, like it hangs from a point that is not top-center of the cage. Good luck

  3. Very thoughtful comments thanks a lot to you both.