Trading Fire

Original size 8.5x11 2016 Alex Ledante

A large percentage of my work begins as experimentation, since as an illustrator I feel it is unprofessional to author new techniques during a project- that's just asking to slip a deadline. So most of my personal projects are really just an attempt to populate my bag of tricks...

This particular piece was a study in cinematic lighting, although it also taught me quite a bit about reflective surfacing across two different render engines. While it is uncertain whether she is a spy or a mercenary, we can be sure her choice of attire is an entirely practical one; obviously either profession would prefer hazard orange to matte black in a firefight. For much the same reason that yield signs are painted that color to reduce visibility

I have also been attempting to incorporate more bounce lighting in my work and this piece is my most successful result yet