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Default 10-10-2011, 02:02 PM

There are plenty of things 'wrong' with this image in terms of believability / realism. Since it's for a purpose other than film/tv, some of them could be artistic decisions to aid readability - I don't think a photo-real image is necessarily appropriate here.

However, if you wanted to work towards a true photo-real image at any point, here are some things to think about:

>Buildings that are backlit will be almost silhouettes, with very little visible detail

>An object lit solely from behind will not have specular highlights on the front of it

>The actress, the ground, the LHS wall, the background city and the sky each have a different light sources

>The ground and the sky have a green cast, while the city is slightly orange / warm

>Fires give off light, and therefore create their own highlights and shadows

As I said, since this isn't a traditional matte painting, but an illustration with a specific set of requirements, a lot of these comments can be ignored.

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