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    The Making of The Baron’s Flight

    5th May 2005 - Kornél Ravadits
    The Baron's Flight is an illustration for an upcoming book. This was created entirely digitally, using Painter and Photoshop. This was the second piece in a series of Munchausen paintings, and so the characters and color-palettes had to fit in with the existing first picture.

    In order to be able to preserve the Baron's character, I created a small clay model of his head. In my experience, this is easier to work with than a character sheet, especially when extreme viewing angles are needed. Of course, during this process, the figure itself has changed and become clearer.
    In this painting I wanted to capture the moment when the Baron is already fiercely riding a cannonball, and is flying over the enemy Turks who are attacking the town. At the same time, he realizes the massive size of the army and the obvious dangers of his endeavor.

    Composition & Colours
    The composition covers an exaggerated wide angle, because this allowed me to include more movement and environment in the painting. I also tried to achieve this by using many complementary colors: the green-red, the orange-blue, and the contrast of dark and bright next to each other create a powerful, high-energy mood. Besides, I felt it important to maintain the mood of the illustration, as the theme is more comical than artistic.
    Baron Step by Step
    A: Initial research line-drawing.
    Using the original blue color used in traditional animation - on this, the clean-up drawing's black lines will be more easily visible.
    B: Cleaned up contour drawing with final details.C: Basic colors applied on top of the line-drawing (I used two layers for this, the upper Multiply line-drawing and the lower Color Layer).D: Working in the final details (done at the same time as the background of course, but on a separate layer).

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    The Details
    The smoke and tendrils were all painted in Photoshop in high-resolution, then resized and placed into final positions. This way I could get nice effects quite simply. Of course I used many layers here as well, to aid in experimenting.

    Painter’s Captured Bristle paint-brush is my favorite, because it leaves a nice "track" or imprint, and has a more natural feel than the other, smoother brushes.

    The Artist
    My name is Kornél Ravadits. I was born in 1969 in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. After graduating from the Budapest University of Fine Arts I began working with computer graphics in 1995, and this has been my focus ever since. At the moment I work as a freelancer in graphics, spending most of my time on illustrations, graphic design, also post-production for film and TV spots.

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