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    Need MAJOR help! Lighting issues :((((

    Hey guys... I am having SUCH a difficult time trying to figure how I'll get any of the lighting in here... it's just not making any sense for me... There is a lot of details and some of the more major parts that I haven't put in... but I'm really not sure how I'm going to light it.

    It's supposed to be a darker kind of piece... I came from a Manga background and have been trying for environmental art and painting and what not.

    Please this is something that I've REALLY been striving for, but there's something I'm missing or a step I'm not taking right... please assist.
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    Here ya go

    Did a quick pass, I got a few comments!
    Dont slap your colors on before you've made your lighting passes, make a black layer - put the opacity to a level you find pleasing for the piece.
    Then erase your lightning from the black layer to give light direction and to get the overall feel of how you want it to play in your scene

    I put a small example - really quick like 30 seconds.
    Good luck man keep pushing this!

    From here go in and add lightning details to the areas you want - or change it completely - this was only as an example on how u can get a quick lighting idea with the black layer! See ya!
    Need MAJOR help! Lighting issues :((((
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    Thanks for this I'm working on it now
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    Well i didnt actually think youd use that light direction, was just an example - IMO i should have lit the face of the wall instead - might make for more dynamic shadows!
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    Yeah, the sun (or other light source) just a little away from the center, over those right mountains, so the far part of the wall won't be shown, and then comes in with the front part. I think that would look good.

    You can always practice by making a little cardboard wall yourself and seeing how shadow strikes it.

    Cheers.
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    Hey man I know exactly how you feel. I was there once

    OOkay so here's my best attempt at 4:30am.
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    I'm still learning but I'd do it like this.

    1. Original.
    2. Red ambience from red sky - red on overlay layer 61% opacity.
    3. Subtle light from the sky.
    4. I darkened ground in order to make the lava feel brighter - cold green on overlay layer - 100% opacity.
    5. Your lava didn't feel hot enough so I painted it almost from scratch. - more red in general.
    6. Added orange haze light from the lava in the distance. - subtle soft brush. I excluded the bridge with eraser to make it middlegroud.
    7. Last touches. I contrasted dark foreground with some azure green to make it even stronger. Also added some rocks, dust on foreground to make it feel like it's very close. Some small touches of orage light from lava.

    In general. You need to decide which light source is your primary one. Either sky, lava or red light from the windows. Hope it helps. Keep experimenting .

    EDIT: Oh. And I assumed that your bridge is focal point so I tried to make it stroger by showing it's silhouette. However it's shown from angle that makes it hard to read.
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    hmmm dont like the composition.. looks boring because it lacks depth... and.. i dunno why.. but just check your comp
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