Pascal Campion is a San Francisco based illustrator and animator who can knock out breath-taking work as fast as a speeding bullet. He very kindly...
We’re always raving about the supremely-talented Pascal Campion here on TC – having previously interviewed him and posted up some of his rainy doodles. Well, now that we’re finally seeing some good weather we thought it would be great to ask the man himself about how he goes about creating sunshine in his work! So Pascal, it’s over to you…
What Do Ducks Eat
When I think of sunshine, I think about the heat, the whiteness and almost the blindness that is associated with them, so my natural instinct is to make a white sky, because I see it filled with super light.
To the Water Hole
Instead of seeing the shadows, I see where the light hits. I draw everything as I think it would be without the light, and I then bath parts of the image in light and that’s what creates this huge contrasts.
I tend to start with slightly darker colors than I would use if I were not to draw the effect of strong light just to create a better contrast, and, I try to be pretty “loose” on how I let the light fall.
I don’t want to control it too much because I like the randomness of real light.
I will try as much as I can to make the image readable at a first glance, but I don’t necessarily care if all the details I put in are readable easily. It’s more of an impression that I am trying to get across than a literal re transcription of reality.
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