I’ve had this ambitious idea in my mind for at least two months now (maybe even three). The original idea was to have them hold Playstation 3 controllers, since Konata is all about the Playstation. But well… I couldn’t get their hands to get close enough. Besides, Wii is way more of a party system anyway. More on how this images was accomplished after the jump!
The main reason I had been putting this off (except for Soul Calibur 4), was I wanted to find (or build) a room that was more plastic-cartoon like, especially the chair. Gave up on that pretty quickly. I decided the next best prop was L’s chair, but of course, it could only seat one.
The challenge was then to “extend” the chair to fit three people.
It got to the point where I could only use the center section as a connecting piece. I decided to put Miku in L’s chair for the other end.
The right side had to be cleared out, and then blended in with the extended piece. In addition, there was also L’s side that needed to blend in with the extension.
I can’t recall, but I think that was also the picture that I used to extract Konata. One thing I didn’t account for, which I stupidly forgot, was that L’s chair was blocking a part of his butt and his leg. By the time I realized this, it was way too late. So what I did was literally paint in that section with a 75% hard round brush.
Not the perfect solution, but at low-res, it passes.
I had decided that instead of taking pictures of Wii Remotes, and trying to fuss around trying to get it to fit in their hands properly, I painted them.
I really didn’t want to bother, and it was good practice in picking the right colors and tonal values. Of course, up close, it looks pretty apparent that they were painted in, but again, at a lower resolution, it passes. If I ever decide to print this image one day and frame it, I might regret painting this stuff in…
Look! What’s in the shelf?
One thing that I had to do for this shot was relocate my Wii so that it was a little more obvious on what these guys were doing. But I was too lazy to unhook and rehook the cords to turn on the Wii. I figure I could do that in Photoshop.
The part that I’m most happy with are the shadows and reflections. The shadows are done using a solid black layer with gaussian blur, as I always do, and then using a blend mode to make it match accordingly. The reflections were done by duplicating the image, flipping it, and then applying transforms to it in order to make it fit.
Now, there’s something a little unusual about this image. Can you spot it?
Well, that concludes another photoshop. I’m glad to have finally gotten this one out of the way. It took me a little while to figure out how to problem solve things, but I think I learned a lot out of it.
Feedback and comments appreciated! Until next time!