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    WIP - Lighting Confusion

    Alright so I've sunk large chunk of time into this so far and its still got a ways to go but I am still having some issues with lighting. Considering that this is supposed to be outside a window at night, I am having difficulty figuring out how their shadows will be cast on the wall underneath them. Also I had to frankenstein several of my reference photos for the lighting on the middle figure (even though he still needs work), and I will probably reshoot tomorrow but I'm curious if the lighting on him is anywhere near accurate at the moment.

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    It's night right now, right? Take an action figure (or a full sized friend) outside a lit window...put it/them up next to the window...see what the shadows do. Alternatively take a biggish cardboard box...cut a window in it...put a lamp inside...place action figures as necessary. See what happens.

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    Finished rendering the figures, textured the wall, and took more shots of shadows at night. Now to add color. Not sure if this is too dark overall...

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    Ah, you didn't try Jeff's exercise, did you? If you had, looking down on your shadowbox, you'd have seen something like this. Their shadows would blast outward from the principal light source, so it's a trick question -- the shadow from the window light source wouldn't touch the wall at all. There's a little bit of fill light coming from the direction of the viewer (moonlight?), but probably not enough to cast a shadow...or not a very dramatic one, anyhow.

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    I tried looking at an action figure that I put around my window, then I took more ref shots of a few people along a wall that was by a few street lights in the hopes of getting stronger shadows beneath them. I just really wanted them to not blend into the wall...hopefully my next pass of working on this will help make things read a little better

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    Ok, 3rd time is hopefully the charm. I went with a much darker atmosphere, than I had before, moved and softened the shadows, added a little bit of a gradient, and of course some minor color. Too dark or saturated?

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    Actually, the two beasties on either side will not be receiving any light from that window, while the middle one will be receiving quite a lot.


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    Thanks for the help so far guys its been very useful and a lot more than I've been getting in class. If I made the window a more standard style (non-recessed) would the lighting on the side figures make more sense? I realize I'd have to redo the middle figure's lighting and his arm but I'm just curious

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