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Lightsaber Duel

By RC-1290
Real characters in a game environment with custom lighting. The previous version (… ) felt way too dark, which made the composition feel stale, so I put some more work into restructuring the scene a bit and improving the lighting.

But I'd still love to hear your suggestions for how I could improve it.

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Costumes by SEA Cosplay
Picture of the characters by Manu Binder
Background from Star Wars The Old Republic, by Bioware.
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S-Kate-F's avatar
I seriously love this scene, the colours are especially gorgeous.

As for any suggestions, i would say to maybe throw out the characters arms a little more, the character in the foreground could maybe have their arm out trying to balance? This would just give a more interesting silhouette and more movement. But that's all i can think of =D
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Thanks for your compliments and suggestions!

Unfortunately I didn't draw the characters or the background (I can't draw nearly as well as you!). My contribution is limited to lighting (Making use of existing lighting, and adding new lighting information where necessary. i.e.: the lightsabers and their light emissions, and ambient occlusion + shadows from the characters onto the background scene), composition and color correction.

"Costumes by SEA Cosplay
Picture of the characters by Manu Binder
Background from Star Wars The Old Republic, by Bioware."

These are two friends of mine in costumes who were photographed by Manu Binder during a Star Wars themed freezemob event (unfortunately the Original Photo was on a friends-of-friends-only Facebook page, so the link might not work). So they look like they're standing still, because that's exactly what they're trying to do ^_^.

The background is a screenshot I took in Star Wars The Old Republic, with some lighting tweaks and color balance.
S-Kate-F's avatar
OH! I see, sorry! I missunderstood your tags! I thought you'd maybe used a photo base to draw over, hence the credit tags.

But my bad!

I still think the lighting rocks nonetheless =D
RC-1290's avatar
Thanks! And no need to apologize, by the way, I could've made the credits less ambiguous.

In a way I did draw over the photo ;). But it's literally part of the image, in several different ways (such as using a desaturated version of the image to approximate the surface Albedo; the amount of light that is reflected. Quick trick to quickly get the difference in brightness between cloth and skin, for example.).