Light em’ up!

How we choose to light our scenes  is just as important as how we compose them.  Lighting sets the mood.  A harsh red concentrated spot light can make even a sweet painting of a toddler girl feel spooky, and cheerful sunny ambient lighting makes monsters seems friendly.  It directs the viewers eye around the page, emphasizing details or hiding secretive elements.  In short, great lighting makes for great visual storytelling.  By being deliberate about how we choose to light our scenes, we can give our artwork added dimension and drama.  For this post, I would like to share some of my favorite lighting tutorials and resources for artists.

Cyril Rolando is a gifted digital artist whose entire portfolio focuses on high-drama dramatic lighting of surreal fantasy scenes.  He has graciously made many tutorials to share his technique and artistic process with others.  He gives great tips and tricks for digital art in general, and his instructional gallery is well worth browsing thoroughly.   However, I would like to draw attention to Rolando’s tutorial on using adjustment layers in Photoshop to quickly change lighting hues and temperatures to affect the mood of a piece.  Click on the image below to find the full tutorial.

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The house of mouse is looking for summer interns

wdaslogoThe house of mouse is looking for summer interns. So if you are a student the information to apply is below. Once upon a sketch is not affiliated at all with Walt Disney Animation Studios so please don’t apply in the comments. We would hate for someone to miss out on a great opportunity. This is strictly just news and hopefully an exciting opportunity for some of our readers.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Summer Internship Program is an eight-week experience designed for students studying art, design, animation, computer graphics, graphics engineering, film & media, and production management. As a Walt Disney Animation Studios intern, you will have the unique opportunity to work directly with a Disney mentor as you explore all aspects of art, storytelling, and filmmaking. This immersive program offers hands-on experience focused on individual craft and multidisciplinary team collaboration. If accepted the 2013 Summer Intern program will be held at our Burbank, CA studio starting Monday, June 17, 2013.

They are looking for internships in these areas: Look Development, Layout, Lighting, Production Management, Character Rigging, CG Animation, 2D Animation, Visual Development, Modeling, Summer Intern – Effects, Summer Intern – Technical Director and Summer Intern – Story. The deadline is coming up quick (Monday, April 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST) so get your resumes ready and good luck. You can apply by following this link. (Source)